MARSEILLES & LYONS, FRANCE
The European soccer championship final on June 27 will be contested by France and Spain.
MARSEILLES & LYONS, FRANCE
FRANCE (WEARING BLUE) VERSUS PORTUGAL (WEARING WHITE). MARSEILLES. JUNE 23.
1. GV & SV France attacking win free kick outside penalty area, player lies injured on ground (6 shots) 0.20
2. GV Domergue scores for France from free kick, players celebrate (3 shots) 0.32
3. GV & SV France attack and put ball just wide of goalpost (3 shots) 0.49
4. SV & GV Portugal attack Jordao equalises by heading in cross (4 shots) 1.07
5. GV & SV Jordao scores for Portugal to put them into lead (3 shots) 1.23
6. GV France attack and equalise through Domergue (2 shots) 1.33
7. GV Platini scores winning goal for France (3-2) (3 shots) 1.51
DENMARK (IN WHITE) VERSUS SPAIN (IN RED AND BLUE): LYONS - JUNE 24:
8. GV Denmark score when Lerby puts in rebound from saved header (4 shots) 2.09
9. GV Spain equalise after Maceda scores from rebound off post (4 shots) 2.31
10. GV & SV Laudrup has penalty saved, referee orders retake because goalkeeper moves. Goalkeeper protests and is booked (4 shots) 2.47
11. GV & SVs Laudrup repeats penalty and scores (4 shots) 2.55
12. SV & GVs Elkjaer misses penalty for Denmark (5 shots) 3.22
13. GVs & SV Sarabia scores penalty for Spain to give them victory 5-4 (6 shots) 3.48
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Background: MARSEILLES & LYONS, FRANCE
The European soccer championship final on June 27 will be contested by France and Spain. In Marseilles, on June 23, the host nation scraped into the final with a thrilling victory over Portugal 3-2 after extra time. The French went into the lead in the first half when Jean-Francois Domergue hit a 25th-minute free kick on the edge of the Portuguese area past the wall and into the top corner of the net. Portugal equalised in the 74th minute when striker Jordao perfectly guided his header beyond the reach of Joel Bats in the French goal. The tie then went into extra time in a bid to separate two very well-matched teams. Portugal went into the lead in the 98th minute when Jordao's volley bounced over the goalkeeper. With six minutes left Domergue popped-up in the penalty area to ram the equaliser into the Portuguese net. France launched a series of mass attacks and were rewarded when Platini received the ball five metres out and struck it cleanly past Bento to give his side victory.
In Lyons, on June 24, Denmark faced Spain in the other semi-final. The Danes gained an early lead when Soren Lerby scored after Elkjaer's header was only half saved by the Spanish goalkeeper. The Spanish revival came in the second half when substitute Sarabia dribbled round Denmark's defence and struck a rasping shot against the post. Maceda received the rebound and smashed the ball home from 20 metres. Half an hour of extra time produced no further goals so the game went to a penalty shoot out. Laudrup missed for Denmark on the third penalty but goalkeeper Arcanado was judged to have moved before the kick was taken and Laudrup scored at the second attempt. Arcanado showed how strongly he disagreed with the referee's decision and was promptly booked for dissent. Preben Elkjaer stepped up for Denmark's fifth penalty and fired the ball over the bar. Needing to score to put his country into the final Manuel Sarabia slotted the ball home as the Danish players hung their heads in dismay.