Best Six Goals of Euro 2000

Published July 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The first goal goes for Emile Mpenza from Belgium. 

In what was to prove a disappointing Euro 2000 for Belgium, Mpenza's strike in the opening match of the tournament was the one moment of real magic from Robert Waseige's side. 

Already ahead against Sweden with a Bart Goor goal, Mpenza struck to make it 2-0 shortly after the resumption of the second half. 

A delightful backheel from Branko Strupar found Mpenza who controlled the ball - despite Swedish protests - perfectly legitimately with his chest before unleashing a fearsome half-volley into Magnus Hedman's top corner. It was as good as it got for the 'Red Devils' who never scored again as they lost their next two matches. 

 

Stefano Fiore (Italy) 

This magical strike from the Udinese midfielder helped Italy secure a 2-0 win over Belgium in Group B. 

Fiore surged forward against a retreating Belgian rearguard and played the ball forward to striker Filippo Inzaghi. 

Inzaghi immediately returned the ball to Fiore, who without breaking his stride curled a superb 25-yarder just inside Filip De Wilde's left-hand post. 

 

Luis Figo (Portugal) 

This brilliant goal kick-started what would be an impressive campaign for Portugal - and also proved a harbinger of doom for England. 

Kevin Keegan's side were cruising 2-0 with early goals from Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman when Figo decided to change the script. 

Running at a retreating defense he unleashed a 25-yard pile driver through the legs of Tony Adams and inside David Seaman's left-hand post. Portugal went on to pull off a 3-2 comeback victory. 

 

Nuno Gomes (Portugal) 

Arguably the most spectacular goal of the tournament - and one that threatened for a long time to put Portugal into the final at France's expense. 

Sergio Conceicao rode tackles from Emmanuel Petit and Didier Deschamps before finding Gomes 25 meters out with his back to goal and with little apparent danger. 

But Benfica striker Gomes turned on a sixpence and crashed a ferocious left-foot volley past a static Fabien Barthez. Sadly for Gomes it would later end in a red card, an eight-month ban and elimination. 

 

Marc Overmars (Holland) 

Overmars scored the fifth and sixth goals in Holland's 6-1 quarterfinal romp over Yugoslavia - it was the first two of those goals that was the more memorable. 

With the match already won the Dutch were 'showboating' - putting together some lovely moves - and Overmars received a square pass from teammate Dennis Bergkamp. 

Overmars flicked the ball up into the air before crashing a spectacular 25-yard shot into the top corner via the fingertips of Yugoslav goalkeeper Ivica Krajl. 

 

David Trezeguet (France) 

It may not have been the best goal in terms of quality but it was Golden for France and fatal for Italy. 

Trezeguet follows Germany's Oliver Bierhoff into the history books for sealing victory for his country in a European Championship Final with the Golden Goal rule. 

Robert Pires exposed the Italian defense down the left and found Trezeguet who cracked an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. It was all over - bar the celebrations -- (AFP)

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

You may also like