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Top 5 European Championship Finals

Portugal and France will compete in the 15th European Championship final, in Paris tonight. Shocks, famous goals and lots of drama is assured if the previous finals are anything to go by. Here, we look at the top five Euro finals…

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Euro 1976 – Czechoslovakia 2-2 West Germany (aet, 5-3 on pens)

As in the semi-finals against host Yugoslavia, West Germany recovered from two down to force extra-time in this thrilling European Championship final. Dieter Muller and Bernd Holzenbein, in the dying seconds, cancelled out first-half strikes from Jan Svehlik and Karol Dobias. This time, tough, Franz Beckenbauer and Co were unable to find a winner in the additional half-hour and for the first time, a major international tournament final went to penalties. The first seven spot kicks found their target before Uli Hoeness fired over for the holders. Then came THAT penalty. Antonín Panenka applied the finishing blow, achieving immortality by waiting for Sepp Maier to dive before chipping down the middle.

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