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Euro 2020: Top 5 records made in the competition

Sachin Bhat
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#3 Spain record joint-biggest victory with 5-0 demolition of Slovakia

Spain joined France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden in netting five goals without conceding
Spain joined France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden in netting five goals without conceding

For only the fifth time in history, a team won by a 5-0 scoreline in the Euros when Spain thumped Slovakia by putting a quintet of goals past them.

La Roja was in rampant form that evening, needing a win to progress from the group, and secured their path to the last-16 with a resounding victory, which also included two own goals.

In the process, it also became the joint-biggest victory at the European Championships, equaling the record set by four other sides in previous editions.

France beat Belgium 5-0 in 1964 before Denmark followed suit against the Soviet Union in the same tournament.

In 2000, the Netherlands thrashed Yugoslavia with the same score, while Sweden registered an identical victory against Bulgaria in Euro 2004.


#2 Luke Shaw scored the fastest-ever goal in a Euro final

Shaw scored his first England goal in the Euro 2020 final
Shaw scored his first England goal in the Euro 2020 final

England's first goal in a major final in 55 years came from an unlikely source.

Luke Shaw broke the deadlock as early as the second minute by latching onto a delightful cross from Kieran Trippier, giving the hosts the lead.

At 116 seconds, it clocked the fastest-ever goal scored in a European Championship final, surpassing the previous record of five minutes and 17 seconds by Spain's Chus Pereda in the 1964 showpiece clash against the Soviet Union.

A goal in just a minute and 56 seconds is very fast, but it's still not the fastest-ever scored in the European Championship. In fact, it ranks only fifth on the all-time list.

The distinction of scoring the fastest goal still belongs to Russia's Dmitri Kirichenko, who took only 67 seconds to score against Greece in Euro 2004.

Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen came really close with strikes after 82 and 99 seconds respectively at Euro 2020.


#1 Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading scorer at the Euros

Ronaldo is the most prolific player at the Euros with 14 goals.
Ronaldo is the most prolific player at the Euros with 14 goals.

Scoring goals is Cristiano Ronaldo's routine, and winning the Golden Boot is his raison d'etre. With a respectable five goals at the Euros, the Portuguese ace picked up yet another Golden Boot, his first at a major international tournament.

In the process, he also surpassed Michel Platini's all-time record of nine goals in the European Championship to set a new one of 14 - another feather in his already bulging cap.

He broke the French legend's record in the first game against Hungary when he netted a brace, before adding three more to his tally in games against heavyweights Germany and France.

Given this was likely his last European adventure with Portugal, it was some way to bow out. The record is set to stand for some time too, considering Antoine Griezmann, the next best scorer active, is currently on seven goals.


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Edited by Arjun Panchadar

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