Euro 84
France were announced as hosts of the 1984 European Championships on 10th December 1981, West Germany were the only other candidates but the vote was unanimous. The decision to re-introduce a straightforward knock-out semi-final stage (as well as retaining the last-eight/two groups of four format introduced for the previous tournament) ensured that 1984 would be the year the European Championships finally came of age*. Unfortunatley no British team qualified and consequently only two matches, including the final, were broadcast live on British television whilst many of the group games were afforded little more than a goals report. ITV, aside from a couple of token round-ups on World of Sport, decided not bother with the finals at all - this after coming to an agreement over which matches they would cover with the BBC who were then angered by ITV's late change of plan. It was an appalling state of affairs, particularly in light of RTE's schedules in Ireland (which offered most matches live**) and the fact that the tournament proved to be a hugely entertaining and trouble-free success.
The BBC sent two commentators to France, John Motson and Alan Parry. Barry Davies was in South America covering England's friendly matches which were staged the same week Euro '84 kicked-off.

*Euro 84 would also see the 3rd/4th place play off dropped. To date, it has never been reinstated.
**RTE programmes in Ireland were presented by Bill O'Herlihy, the commentators in France were Ger Canning and Jimmy Magee.

Qualification
The qualifying draw was made in Paris on 8th January 1982. England were the nation to avoid, though not because anybody feared the team but because of the ever worsening hooligan problem, the English 'fans' having cemented their reputation for causing mayhem abroad with further disturbances during a match in Switzerland a little over six months earlier. England were placed in Group 3 along with Hungary, Greece, Denmark and Luxembourg, the latter having once stated that they would never play host to England again after crowd trouble in 1977. Ron Greenwood was still England manager at the time the draw was made, but he had already made it known of his intention to step down after the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain; "It's an ideal draw and it will be good for whoever takes over" he said. As expected, Bobby Robson, who had enjoyed a fair degree of success as manager of Ipswich Town, was finally confirmed as the new England manager on 7th July 1982, two days after England had been knocked out of the World Cup finals.
Jock Stein's Scotland, following yet another World Cup finals First Round exit on goal difference, would have to face Belgium again (as they had done so in the unsuccessful Europa 80 qualifying campaign) as well as East Germany and Switzerland. Mike England's Wales were paired up with Bulgaria, Norway and, reviving memories of the ill-fated violent quarter-final clash in 1976, Yugoslavia. Billy Bingham's Northern Ireland were handed the seemingly impossible task of overcoming holders West Germany as well as facing Austria, Turkey and Albania.

England began the campaign satisfactorily enough with a draw and a win in their opening pair of fixtures which were both away from home, though once again it was the behaviour of the England supporters that made the headlines in Denmark. The first major setback on the field of play was a goalless draw at home to Greece, soon to be followed by a demoralising three match tour of Australia (all played against the hosts), prior to which Bobby Robson was reported to have suggested that there was a six goal difference between the two nations, yet England only won one game (by the odd goal) and drew the other two. England's next match was the crucial qualifier at home to Denmark, Alan Simonsen's first half penalty was enough to win it for the Danes and England would now have to rely on Denmark slipping up in their remaining games, they did so in Hungary but a victory in Greece secured top spot and England were out. England's friendly results during this period were equally depressing, West Germany and the Soviet Union both recorded victories at Wembley whilst there were away defeats in France and Uruguay. Had it not been for an unlikely win in Brazil in June 1984, largely thanks to an outstanding individual effort by John Barnes, the FA may well have come under more pressure to replace Bobby Robson ahead the World Cup qualifying campaign for 1986.

Scotland began Euro 84 with a victory at home to East Germany, but from there it quickly went from bad to worse and the Scots finished bottom of their group. Northern Ireland recorded an incredible double over West Germany and cancelled out an early defeat in Austria by winning the return match, yet they still somehow managed not to qualify, largely due to an extremely disappointing defeat in Turkey. In the end it was an inferior goal difference that allowed the Germans to snatch 1st place at the death with a late winner v Albania. Wales too came agonizingly close to making it to France, both of their matches against Yugoslavia were drawn but it was the latter who progressed with a victory in the winner-takes-all final group match against Bulgaria, a draw in that game or a 1-0 win for Bulgaria would have seen the Welsh go through.

Elsewhere, World Cup holders Italy were surprisingly out of contention from an early stage, eventually finishing 4th in their group having lost half of their eight fixtures and winning only once. The Netherlands were desperately unlucky in Group 7 and probably would have gone through had it not been for the fact that Spain knew exactly how many goals they were required to score against Malta. The Dutch had played their final match, also at home to Malta, four days earlier - winning 5-0, but Spain proceeded to win their game 12-1 to squeeze through level on points and level on goal difference but having scored a mere 2 goals more. The Republic of Ireland were also in this group but although they were able to take maximum points against Malta and Iceland, they only managed a home draw with Spain and lost both games against the Dutch. Aside from Denmark, Portugal were the surprise package of the qualifying round by topping Group 2 ahead of the Soviet Union and World Cup semi-finalists Poland.

British TV coverage of Euro 84

ITV games are in white, BBC or non-televised matches are in grey.
All matches were broadcast in colour.

Qualifiers & Friendlies

Wed 22/Sep/1982    Denmark 2 (Hansen(pen), Olsen) England 2 (Francis 2)
Qualifier in Copenhagen
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler
*ITV included highlights on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:30-11:40pm. This was Bobby Robson's first match as England manager, Luton Town's Ricky Hill came on as a sub to make his England debut. Trevor Francis gave England an early lead on 7 by scoring on the re-bound after Rix had his shot blocked by the keeper, Denmark then had two penalty appeals turned down before they were eventually awarded a spot kick on 69  following a foul by Russell Osman on Jesper Olsen, Allan Hansen converted for a deserved equaliser. An unmarked Francis restored England's lead on 80 at the end of a corner, but Jesper Olsen earned Denmark a point with a fine equaliser on 90, dancing through a crowd of English defenders, slipping past a lunge by Osman and drawing out Shilton before calmly slipping the ball into the net. Fighting between rival fans broke out inside the stadium at full time and missiles were thrown, a smoke bomb thrown into the England goal-mouth had also held up play early in the 2nd half. Ray Wilkins said "I have never played in a more hostile atmosphere." Bobby Robson admitted "It would have been a travesty of justice if we had won, Denmark were brilliant. I did not see many better teams in the World Cup finals, we were overrun in midfield by a team who did not have a single bad player. Peter Shilton played marvellously."

Wed 22/Sep/1982    Wales 1 (Rush) Norway 0
Qualifier at Swansea
HTV Wales Highlights
Hugh Johns
*HTV Wales had their own programme at 10:30-11:40pm, highlights were also seen elsewhere on "Midweek Sports Special" after the England game. Wales were largely outplayed in this match but the Norway keeper Nygaard fumbled a corner on 31 and the ball may have already crossed the line before Ian Rush made sure. The Welsh defence were twice forced to clear off their own goalline and saw another Norwegian effort smack off an upright. Watford's Kenny Jackett made his Welsh debut.

Wed 13/Oct/1982    England 1 (Woodcock) West Germany 2 (Rummenigge 2)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Included on BBC1's "Sportsnight" 10:05-11:30pm introduced by Harry Carpenter (Boxing was also on the bill). Spurs' Gary Mabbutt and Watford's Luther Blissett (as a sub) both won their first England caps, a Mabbutt effort hit the foot of the post in the first half. All three goals came in the last 20 minutes, the Germans taking the lead through Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on 73 with a skillful chip over Shilton after being set up by Littbarski to sprint clear of the defence, the same combination increased the lead on 83 with Littbarski's low centre from the left being touched in by Rummenigge sliding in ahead of Shilton. Almost immediately England pulled one back, Graham Rix's corner finding Tony Woodcock who's strike went in off the crossbar, but West Germany held on to the lead to end England's 13 match unbeaten run and to become the first non-British nation to record a 2nd victory at Wembley having previously won at the Empire Stadium in 1972. Bobby Robson summed up; "They won the match in a 20 minute purple patch when Rummenigge produced two flashes of individual skill for two good opportunist goals."

Wed 13/Oct/1982    Scotland 2 (Wark, Sturrock) East Germany 0
Qualifier at Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
?Jock Brown?
*STV & Grampian had a "Scotsport Special" at 10:30-11:00pm. There was a debut for Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim Leighton, the two goals came in the 2nd half - both headers at the end of crosses from John Robertson, John Wark with the opening goal on 53 and sub Paul Sturrock glancing in the 2nd on 75. Jock Stein said; "I was pleased with the result, but absolutely delighted with the way we played. The East Germans will give everybody trouble, home and away."

Wed 13/Oct/1982    Austria 2 (Schachner 2) Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Vienna
*No British TV coverage other than a goals report shown on "Sportsnight" voiced by Tony Gubba. Following their great success in the World Cup finals just four months earlier, this was a very disappointing performance by the Irish - Two first half goals by Walter Schachner won the points for Austria, the first on 3 with a low hard drive from 15 yards and a 2nd on 39 with a header from a corner.

Wed 17/Nov/1982    Greece 0 England 3 (Woodcock 2, Lee)
Qualifier in Thessaloniki
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Highlights on "Sportsnight" BBC1 9:55-10:55pm along with Cricket. The match kicked off at noon British time. Tony Woodcock scored in the opening minute at the end of a free-kick build up from the left, Greece might have had a penalty on 17 when Phil Neal handled in the area but it was a largely comfortable afternoon for England, Woodcock raced clear to score the 2nd on 63 and Liverpool's Sammy Lee, making his England debut, got the 3rd on 68 from a free-kick after the keeper had handled outside the area. Phil Thompson made his 42nd and final international appearance, as did Tony Morley with 6 caps. Bobby Robson said; "It's my first victory and I'm very happy for the team and the country. That quick goal made it easier for us, but I never expected such an easy win."

Wed 17/Nov/1982    Switzerland 2 (Sulser, Egli) Scotland 0
Qualifier in Berne
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
?Archie MacPherson?
*BBC1 in Scotland had a "Sportscene" programme to show highlights of this defeat at 9:55-10:55pm. Poor finishing in the first half proved costly for Scotland, Claudio Sulser was at the end of a free-kick to put the Swiss ahead on 49 from close range, Andre Egli made it 2-0 by heading in a corner on 60 with the Scottish defence apparently distracted by a forthcoming substitution.

Wed 17/Nov/1982    Northern Ireland 1 (Stewart) West Germany 0
Qualifier in Belfast
BBC N.IRELAND Highlights
Michael Nesbitt
*Highlights on BBC1 NI at 9:55-10:55pm (also highlights of Rep of Ireland v Spain), A terrific night for the Irish at a rainswept Windsor Park, QPR's Ian Stewart scored the only goal on 18 driving in a low shot from 20 yards when he was expected to make a pass, Martin O'Neill later hit a post in a fully deserved victory against a side who had won at Wembley a month earlier. Billy Bingham said; "It matches the win against Spain [in the World Cup], I was delighted with the tenacity of the team.. and I am glad we did better than England."

Wed 15/Dec/1982    England 9 (Bossi(og), Coppell, Woodcock, Blissett 3, Chamberlain, Hoddle, Neal) Luxembourg 0
Qualifier at Wembley
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler
*"Midweek Sports Special" 10:40pm-12:10am included highlights plus snooker. England recorded their biggest win at Wembley having spent almost the entire 90 minutes on the attack, they were 4-0 up at half-time after Marcel Bossi's attempted clearance was deflected into his own net to give England the lead on 18, Steve Coppell headed a 2nd goal on 21, Tony Woodcock made it 3-0 from a corner on 34 and Luther Blissett grabbed the 4th on 43 from a re-bound. The 2nd half saw Blissett score again on 63, Stoke City's Mark Chamberlain then came on as a sub and scored on his debut to make it 6-0 on 72, Blissett then completed his hat-trick with a header on 86, sub Glenn Hoddle got the 8th with a half-volley on 88 and in the final minute Phil Neal's low cross was turned in by the keeper to make it 9-0.

Wed 15/Dec/1982    Belgium 3 (Vandenbergh, Van der Elst 2) Scotland 2 (Dalglish 2)
Qualifier in Brussels
SCOTTISH, GRAMPIAN & BORDER LIVE
Jock Brown & Ian St John
*STV, Grampian & Border had live coverage from 6:55-9:00pm. Kenny Dalglish gave Scotland the lead on 13, Erwin Vandenbergh equalised on 25, Dalglish then restored Scotland's lead with a terrific solo effort on 35 but only for Frankie van der Elst to equalise again with a low shot on 38. The 2nd half saw van der Elst put Belgium ahead for the first time in the match on 63, Scotland had a great chance to level things up again on 80 with a penalty, but Pfaff saved Frank Gray's spot kick. The Dalglish goal was the BBC's goal of the season for 1982/83 (with Tony Gubba dubbing an off-tube).

Wed 15/Dec/1982    Yugoslavia 4 (Cvetkovic, Živkovic, Kranjcar, Ješic) Wales 4 (Flynn, Rush, Jones, James)
Qualifier in Titograd
HTV Wales Highlights
Hugh Johns
*HTV Wales had highlights at 10:40-11:40pm. The match kicked off in the afternoon (at noon British time) on a very boggy surface. Newport County's Nigel Vaughan made his Welsh debut. Brian Flynn gave Wales an early lead on 6 -  following up after Ian Rush had a shot saved, Cvetkovic headed in an equaliser from a corner on 14 and  Živkovic soon had the home side in front with another goal from a corner on 17, Kranjcar was at the end of a cross to make it 3-1 on 37, Ian Rush pulled one back before HT by intercepting a poor back pass and rolling the ball in on 38. The 2nd half saw Yugoslavia score yet another goal from a corner with Ješic making it 4-2 on 66, but Joey Jones scored on 70 and Robbie James netted an equaliser with an indirect free-kick on 80. James was twice denied a winner in the closing minutes by the woodwork.

Wed 15/Dec/1982    Albania 0 Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Tirana
*No British TV coverage scheduled of this afternoon kick-off (1pm British time). The Irish missed good chances at the very start and end of the match, but Albania were well worth the draw overall.

Wed 30/Mar/1983    England 0 Greece 0
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" 10:00-11:05pm (also including Tennis). Steve Coppell made his 42nd and final appearance in England colours in this costly home draw with Greece, the players left the field to a chorus of "What a load of rubbish!"

Wed 30/Mar/1983    Scotland 2 (Wark, Nicholas) Switzerland 2 (Egli, Hermann)
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
Archie MacPherson
*BBC1 in Scotland had a "Sportscene" to cover highlights of this one at 10:00-11:05pm. Switzerland led 2-0 at one stage, Andre Egli scoring with a header from a corner on 15 and Heinz Hermann, also with a header, getting the 2nd on 58. John Wark pulled one back with a half volley on 70 and a splendid debut by Charlie Nicholas of Celtic was capped with a fine equaliser on 76. Kenny Dalglish almost won it at the end but his header was touched against the bar. With Belgium winning their fixture today, Scotland's chances of qualifying were now negligible. Dundee Utd defender Richard Gough made his debut in this match.

Wed 30/Mar/1983    Northern Ireland 2 (M. O'Neill, McClelland) Turkey 1 (Sengün)
Qualifier in Belfast
BBC Highlights
Michael Nesbitt / Alan Parry
*BBC1 NI had their own highlights programme at 10:00-11:05pm. Alan Parry voiced the match for highlights shown elsewhere in the UK. A more comfortable victory than the final scoreline suggested, Martin O'Neill on 5 at the end of a corner and John McClelland, also from a corner situation on 18 gave Northern Ireland an early 2 goal advantage, but no further goals were forthcoming for the home side and the Turks pulled one back on 55 through Sengün.

Wed 27/Apr/1983    England 2 (Francis, Withe) Hungary 0
Qualifier at Wembley
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*"Midweek Sports Special" 10:30pm-midnight (with Ice Hockey), Brian Moore presented from Wembley as well as doing the commentary. A much improved England performance secured the points with goals from Trevor Francis on 31 (heading in Gordon Cowans' free-kick from near the right hand corner flag) and Peter Withe on 70 (latching onto Sammy Lee's high ball from the right to the far post and finishing with a well struck shot.).

Wed 27/Apr/1983    Wales 1 (Charles) Bulgaria 0
Qualifier at Wrexham
HTV Wales Highlights
?Hugh Johns?
*HTV Wales had their own highlights show at 10:30-11:30pm. Substitute Jeremy Charles scored the only goal on 72 after a shot from Robbie James had been beaten out.

Wed 27/Apr/1983    Northern Ireland 1 (Stewart) Albania 0
Qualifier in Belfast
UTV Highlights
Jackie Fullerton
*Ulster included highlights on "Sportscast Special" at 10:30pm-midnight. Ian Stewart scored with a close range drive on 54. Gerry Mullan of Glentoran came on as a sub to make his international debut.

Sun 12/Jun/1983    Australia 0 England 0
Friendly in Sydney
*BBC2 showed an extended 3:30 minute report as part of "Sunday Grandstand" with a voice over by Barry Davies. It was the first in a 3 match series against Australia in a summer tour. Five England players made their debuts; Danny Thomas (Coventry City), Steve Williams (Southampton), Mark Barham (Norwich City), John Gregory (QPR) and sub Paul Walsh (Luton Town). It was a dull match in which England were thwarted by the Australian tactics and the home goalkeeper spending much of the game collecting back passes from his own team. Bobby Robson, who was reported to have said that there was a six goal difference between the sides before kick-off, summed up; "It was a disappointing spectacle for the public. Both teams are to blame for that, probably our players a little more so because we were considered favourites." Australian caretaker manager Frank Arok said "We were the underdogs. Nobody expected us to do anything. Entertainment was the duty of England, not us."

Sun 12/Jun/1983    Wales 1 (Flynn) Brazil 1 (Isidoro)
Friendly at Cardiff
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & Ian St John (ITV) / Hugh Johns & John Toshack (HTV Wales)
*ITV had LIVE coverage at 2:45-5:00pm apart from the STV region who opted out (Grampian and Border both showed the game), Welsh viewers had their own commentator but saw the same presentation. Swansea City's Dudley Lewis was handed a debut in this match. Brian Flynn netted an early goal for Wales on 4 minutes with a powerful header at the end of a deep cross from David Giles. Sub Paulo Isidoro equalised for Brazil on the hour with a shot at the end of a cross by Batista, Wales complained that Jeremy Charles should have been receiving treatment for a torn groin during the build up.

Sun 12/Jun/1983   Canada 0 Scotland 2 (Strachan(pen), McGhee)
Friendly in Vancouver
*No British TV coverage scheduled. The first of a three match Scottish tour of Canada. Gordon Strachan's penalty on 36 after Charlie Nicholas had been brought down by the keeper gave Scotland a HT lead, Strachan's Aberdeen team-mate Mark McGhee came on as a sub to make his debut and he got the 2nd goal on 75 despite strong protests from the Canadian captain that McGhee had fouled his colleague.

Wed 15/Jun/1983    Australia 0 England 1 (Walsh)
Friendly in Brisbane
*ITV showed a report 3 days later during "World of Sport" at 1:05pm voiced by Martin Tyler. In a much improved England performance, Paul Walsh scored the only goal on 57 from six yards out, although the ball appeared to have gone out of play before Gregory centred. Two players made what turned out to be their final international appearances, Derek Statham (3 caps) and Mark Barham (2 caps). Bobby Robson said; "We had a bigger appetite because we knew we could play far better than we did in Sydney."

Thu 16/Jun/1983    Canada 0 Scotland 3 (Nicholas, Gough, Souness)
Friendly in Edmunton
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Scotland led 1-0 at HT thanks to a Charlie Nicholas goal on 20, they went further ahead early in the 2nd half through Richard Gough on 51 and Graeme Souness added a late 3rd on 89. This was the last appearance in a Scottish jersey for Frankie Gray after 32 caps.

Sun 19/Jun/1983    Australia 1 (Neal(og)) England 1 (Francis)
Friendly in Melbourne
*"Sunday Grandstand" on BBC2 included a 4 minute report sometime after 5pm and before the programme ended at 6:50pm with a Barry Davies voice-over. Sunderland defender Nick Pickering made his one and only appearance for England in this game as did Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink who replaced Peter Shilton for the start of the 2nd half. Trevor Francis gave England the lead on 25 with a lightning shot at the end of a Gordon Cowans free-kick into the box, but minutes later Phil Neal deflected a cross into his own net with his chest which levelled the score at 1-1. In the 2nd half, a John Barnes effort struck the crossbar and on 73 England won a penalty when Kosmina pushed Terry Butcher, Trevor Francis netted from the spot kick but took it too quickly for the referee's liking and he ordered a re-take which Francis fired over the top. For sub Danny Thomas, this proved to be his 2nd and final appearance. Australia's Caretaker manager said "We tugged at the lions tail and we got away with it."

Sun 19/Jun/1983    Canada 0 Scotland 2 (Gray, Gray)
Friendly in Toronto
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Two first half goals by Andy Gray on 17 (with a lob) and 32 (a header) made it three wins out of three in Scotland's tour of Canada. Ally Dawson made his 5th and final international appearance.

Simonsen celebrates scoring penalty at WembleyWed 21/Sep/1983    England 0 Denmark 1 (Simonsen(pen))
Qualifier at Wembley
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*The English ITV regions had LIVE coverage from 7:30-9:30pm with Steve Rider providing news of the other matches being played. A nightmare result for England left them a point adrift of top spot having played a game more than Denmark, the Danes beating England for the first time ever with Alan Simonsen netting the winning goal from the penalty spot on 36 after Phil Neal had handled in the area in his 50th and final match for England, it was also the end of the international road for Russell Osman on 11 caps. Denmark manager Sepp Piontek said; "England were afraid to attack us. I think it was good that Mr Robson watched us so many times in Denmark, he was a little frightened." Bobby Robson said; "It was a match between two equal teams, Denmark gave a very determined physical performance and had flashes of good play. The Danes are obviously in a good position in the group and it would appear we have to win in Hungary to have any chance of qualifying."

Wed 21/Sep/1983    Norway 0 Wales 0
Qualifier in Oslo
HTV Wales LIVE
Hugh Johns
*LIVE coverage in the Welsh HTV region at 7:30-9:30pm. A decent result for Wales which left them still perched on top of the group with Norway two points behind in 2nd, but the Welsh came close to winning the game in the dying seconds, a Robbie James strike was fingertipped against the post and the rebound escaped the incoming Ian Rush.

Wed 21/Sep/1983    Northern Ireland 3 (Hamilton, Whiteside, M.O'Neill) Austria 1 (Gasselich)
Qualifier in Belfast
UTV Highlights
?Jackie Fullerton?
*Ulster had highlights at 11:00pm-midnight and also included a profile of the Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Leicester City's Paul Ramsey made his debut in the green jersey, Billy Hamilton put the Irish ahead on 28 from a yard out at the end of a corner, Norman Whiteside made it 2-0 on 67 after intercepting a weak back pass and rounding the keeper, Felix Gasselich pulled one back for the visitors on 83 with a near post flick but Martin O'Neill secured the vital points on 89 by powering in a 35 yard free-kick. The win moved the Irish level on points with Austria who remained top on goal difference, West Germany were 4 points behind in 3rd but had two games in hand.

Wed 21/Sep/1983    Scotland 2 (Robertson(pen), Dodds) Uruguay 0
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights
Jock Brown
*STV had a "Scotsport International Special" at 11:05pm-12:05am but Grampian were scheduled to show a film. Frank McGarvey was carried off early in the game needing stitches after badly gashing a thigh in a collision with Rodriguez which could have been avoided by the Uruguay keeper, McGarvey's replacement David Dodds was fouled in the area on 24 and John Robertson put Scotland ahead from the resulting spot kick, Barrios of Uruguay was then sent off for attempting to trip the English referee on his way back to the centre circle! Dodds (of Dundee Utd) scored on his debut on 55. At one stage in the match, police on the touchline had to restrain Uruguay officials from running on to the pitch to protest.

Wed 12/Oct/1983    Turkey 1 (Terim) Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Ankara
BBC1 N.IRELAND LIVE
Michael Nesbitt
*BBC1 in Northern Ireland showed this match live with coverage running from 1:20-3:53pm. In spite of the early kick-off there were no late highlights although brief snippets were presumably repeated during coverage of the early evening England match (which was also screened by BBC1 NI). The Irish needed the points to keep them on course for a showdown with West Germany to decide the fate of the group, but Terim scored with a fierce header for Turkey on 17 and the Irish could not find an equaliser, twice seeing the ball rebound off the woodwork - first an O'Neill freekick on 20 hitting the inside of the post and 2nd a chip by Stewart early in the 2nd half striking the crossbar.

Wed 12/Oct/1983    Hungary 0 England 3 (Hoddle, Lee, Mariner)
Qualifier in Budapest
BBC LIVE
John Motson
*LIVE coverage on BBC1 from 5:55-7:55pm (regional news bulletins were shown at HT from 6:45-6:55pm). All three goals came in the first half in front of a largely empty stadium, Glenn Hoddle netting the opener on 13 with a curling free-kick, Sammy Lee adding the 2nd on 19 as a result of a corner and Paul Mariner making it 3-0 on 42 with a tap-in after being set up by Hoddle. Denmark, as expected, beat Luxembourg (6-0) in tonight's other Group 3 match maintaining top spot with England one point behind them, the Danes still having two games to play and England just the one.

Wed 12/Oct/1983    Scotland 1 (Nicholas) Belgium 1 (Vercauteren)
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
Archie MacPherson
*BBC1 Scotland had highlights at 10:45-11:15pm (They had screened a film whilst the above England match was on). Frank Vercauteren headed Belgium ahead on 30 following up after Ceulemans had hit the bar, Charlie Nicholas (now of Arsenal) equalised on 49 in a much imnproved 2nd half display in which Scotland were unlucky not to record a victory against a Belgium side who's place in the finals was secured tonight. John Robertson made his 28th and final international appearance.

Wed 12/Oct/1983    Wales 5 (Rush 2, Thomas, James, Curtis) Romania 0
Friendly at Wrexham
BBC WALES Highlights
*BBC1 in Wales had a highlights show at 10:45-11:25pm. A great performance from Wales, Ian Rush netted two first half goals on 14 and 30, Mickey Thomas scored one inbetween time on 25. Robbie James made it 4-0 on 72 and Alan Curtis got the 5th on 90. Ian Rush was upset to be taken off as he was hoping to score his first ever Welsh hat-trick but the Romanians had started kicking lumps out of him.

Wed 26/Oct/1983    Hungary 1 (Kiss) Denmark 0
Qualifier in Budapest
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler
*"Midweek Sports Special" 10:35-11:35pm included highlights of this game along with an interview with Bobby Robson. A win for Denmark would have seen them qualify, but England were given fresh hope thanks to Hungary's win, the goal scored on 57 by Sandor Kiss after latching onto a through ball from Tommy Torocsik. The England manager (who had watched a live feed of the game in London) said "I'd rather not endure such a tantalising experience ever again. So much was hanging on this and I could feel my heart beating faster and faster until those last few seconds... It is an amazing result. It is has given us a sneaking chance."

Wed 16/Nov/1983    Greece 0 Denmark 2 (Elkjær, Simonsen)
Qualifier in Athens
ITV Part LIVE
Martin Tyler
*ITV (except Scottish and Grampian) showed the last 30 minutes of this game live from 5:15-5:45pm. Denmark finally secured their place in France with this victory which meant England's match later in the evening would now be meaningless. Elkjær scored on 16 with a chip, Simonsen made it 2-0 on 47. It was the first time Denmark had qualified for the finals of an international tournament since 1964.

Wed 16/Nov/1983    Luxembourg 0 England 4 (Robson 2, Mariner, Butcher)
Qualifier in Luxembourg City
ITV 2nd Half LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*ITV had coverage from 7:00-8:00pm, showing highlights of the 1st half and then live coverage of the 2nd half. The England players heard that they had failed to qualify half-an-hour before kick-off, but they led 2-0 at the break through Bryan Robson on 11 from a corner and Paul Mariner with the help of a challenge by a defender on 39, TV viewers then saw Terry Butcher make it 3-0 from close range on 50 and Robson netted his 2nd for England's 4th on 56.

Wed 16/Nov/1983    East Germany 2 (Kreer, Streich) Scotland 1 (Bannon)
Qualifier in Halle
SCOTTISH LIVE / GRAMPIAN Highlights
Jock Brown
*STV had live coverage from 7pm, Grampian were only scheduled to show highlights at 10:30-11:40pm. Ronald Kreer put the Germans ahead on 33 with a low long range drive, Joachim Streich made it 2-0 just before HT on 43 with a header. Eamonn Bannon pulled one back for Scotland on 78 from close range but the result sunk Scotland into last place in the group. Goalkeeper Billy Thomson played his 7th and final game .

Wed 16/Nov/1983    Bulgaria 1 (Gochev) Wales 0
Qualifier in Sofia
HTV Wales Highlights
Hugh Johns
*HTV Wales showed highlights at 10:30-11:30pm. Wales played well and deserved a point on an icy surface in front of what Hugh Johns described as a "pathetically small crowd", Paul Price hit a post shortly before Rusi Gochev scored the only goal of the game on 54 in a goalmouth scramble that followed a free-kick. The result meant that either side or Yugoslavia could still qualify.

Wed 16/Nov/1983    West Germany 0 Northern Ireland 1 (Whiteside)
Qualifier in Hamburg
BBC N.IRELAND Highlights
Michael Nesbitt
*With Northern Ireland now thought to be out of contention, UTV only showed the Luxembourg v England match and it was left to BBC1 NI to screen highlights at some point. Bolton's Gerry McElhinney made his international debut in this game, Norman Whiteside scored the shock winner on 50 after a fine run and shot by Stewart was parried by Schumacher and Ramsey's follow up re-bounded off a defender to Whiteside who drove low into the net from 8 yards out. It was West Germany's first home defeat to a European side for nine years, it was also the first time they had been beaten twice by the same opponents in Euro's or World Cup qualifying group. The Irish now had to hope that the Germans would fail to beat Albania at home in the final group match four days later, Albania did take a surprise lead in that match on 22, the Germans equalised within a minute and Albania then had a man sent off just before half-time, but Northern Ireland were 11 minutes from qualifying until Gerhard Strack gave West Germany the points on 79 to qualify on goal difference.

Wed 14/Dec/1983    Wales 1 (James) Yugoslavia 1 (Baždarevic)
Qualifier at Cardiff
BBC Highlights / BBC WALES 2nd Half LIVE
Barry Davies
*BBC1 (all regions) had highlights of the game on "Sportsnight" at 10:00-10:50pm, BBC2 in Wales apparently showed the 2nd half LIVE. Robbie James gave Wales the lead on 54 racing clear with the Yugoslav defence expecting an offside decision, but Wales were left heartbroken after Mehmed Baždarevic equalised with a fierce drive on 81. Yugoslavia went on to win the final group fixture a week later against Bulgaria (3-2) and leapfrog Wales to take top spot and a place in the finals.

Wed 29/Feb/1984    France 2 (Platini 2) England 0
Friendly in Paris
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Bob Wilson
*BBC1 showed this friendly live from 7:20-9:20pm as a "Sportsnight Special". There were numerous incidents of crowd disorder ahead of the match and riot police at the ground used small amounts of tear gas at one stage and moved in with batons to break up clashes between opposing fans, missiles and seats were also thrown. In the match itself, England were well beaten. Two 2nd half goals by Michel Platini on 58 and 71 won it for the expectant hosts of Euro '84, the first goal was a header at the end of a cross by Giresse, the 2nd a from a free-kick after Peter Shilton had handled outside his area. Brian Stein of Luton Town made his one and only international appearance. Bobby Robson said; "It was very difficult for the lads up front, but we did not get a third man in enough to help them, Hoddle was expected to get in and he didn't, he must become a prolific scorer if he is to go on, Platini is a perfect example for him."

Wed 18/Apr/1984    France 1 (Genghini) West Germany 0
Friendly in Strasbourg
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*According to the list in Motson's autobiography, he commentated on this friendly which must have been included on "Sportsnight"  9:55-11:10pm (which only had boxing and a snooker preview billed). Genghini scored the only goal on 79.

Fri 01/Jun/1984    France 2 (Giresse, Lacombe) Scotland 0
Friendly in Marseilles
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Scotland were outclassed and the French hit the woodwork three times after scoring twice in the first half-hour. It was a 2nd successive 2-0 victory against British opponents for France in their preperation for Euro 84, Alain Giresse netting the first on 14 with a low angled shot, Bernard Lacombe with the 2nd on 29 from close range. Dundee United's Maurice Malpas made his debut on the eve of his wedding.

Sat 02/Jun/1984    England 0 Soviet Union 2 (Gotsmanov, Protasov)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC
John Motson
*Saturday night BBC1 highlights at 10:05-10:55pm. After a poor Home Internationals campaign (which included a defeat to Wales), England's miserable season continued with 2nd half goals by Sergei Gotsmanov on 54 and Oleg Protasov 89 giving the visitors the victory.  Sub Mark Hateley of 2nd division Portsmouth made his debut whilst Graham Roberts (6 caps), Luther Blissett (14 caps) and Stephen Hunt (2 caps) all made their final England appearances.

Wed 06/Jun/1984    Norway 1 (Oekland) Wales 0
Friendly in Trondheim
*No highlights scheduled on British TV. Swansea's Colin Pascoe, Birmingham's Anthony Rees and Wimbledon's Glyn Hodges all made their Welsh debuts in this game. Arne Larsen Oekland scored the only goal on 76 from close range, Norway had also struck the underside of the bar on the stroke of half-time.

Sun 10/Jun/1984    Israel 0 Wales 0
Friendly in Tel Aviv
*No highlights scheduled for British TV. A debut for Chester's Andrew Holden in this goalless draw.

Sun 10/Jun/1984    Brazil 0 England 2 (Barnes, Hateley)
Friendly in Rio de Janeiro
ITV 2nd Half LIVE
Brian Moore
*ITV only showed live coverage of the 2nd half with the programme introduced by Jim Rosenthal just as the 1st half was ending at around 9:10pm (Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves were the London studio summarisers). Apparently ITV decided against showing the whole match so as not to displace Cilla Black's "Surprise Surprise" which was on from 7:55-8:55pm (one of the most nauseating series ever to be screened in the history of British television), this meant viewers just missed John Barnes scoring his historic wonder solo goal shortly before the HT whistle. Mark Hateley got the 2nd goal on 65 with a soaring header to secure a surprise victory for England in the Maracana - a stadium that had not witnessed a Brazil defeat since the 1950's. Dave Watson of Norwich City and Clive Allen (sub) of Tottenham Hotspur both made their debuts.

Wed 13/Jun/1984    Uruguay 2 (Acosta(pen), Cabrera) England 0
Friendly in Montevideo
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies
*Late night LIVE coverage on BBC1 from 10:50pm-1:00am. England were brought back down to Earth with a defeat that saw Uruguay take an early lead, Mark Hateley harshly adjudged to have brought down Luis Acosta on 7 minutes, the spot kick converted by Acosta himself. England had two efforts cleared off the line before Wilmar Cabrera made it 2-0 on 69 by finishing off a cross from the right.

Sun 17/Jun/1984    Chile 0 England 0
Friendly in Santiago
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*Jimmy Hill introduced "Sports Special" on BBC1 from 10:35-12:55am, the programme also included the International Horse Show and the Canadian Grand Prix as well as highlights of the England match in which Chile keeper Rojas was in top form to earn his country a goalless draw. Sammy Lee made his final England appearance, coming on as a sub for his 14th cap.
 
 

Euro 84 Finals
The draw for the finals group stage was made by two French schoolboys in Paris on 10th January 1984, it was not shown on British television. The format was simple; Two groups of four teams would see the top two in each pool progress to the knock-out Semi-final stage. The hosts had the seemingly more difficult group compared to holders West Germany, France would have to play Europa 80 runners-up Belgium, 1976 4th placed finishes Yugoslavia and the surprise winners of England's qualifying group, Denmark. The Germans would come up against long term underachievers Spain, plus Portugal (who hadn't previously qualified for a tournament since 1966) and Romania.

Game 1

Tue 12/Jun/1984    France 1 (Platini) Denmark 0
Group A (7:30pm bst)
*No Euro 84 action was seen on British TV until the following day (ITV had agreed to cover all Group A games but made a late decision to pull out). The match was shown live in the Republic of Ireland on RTE2 (7:15-9:25pm). Denmark lost their star man Simonsen shortly before half-time with a broken leg, Platini scored a late winning goal for the hosts on 78 as a result of Giresse having a shot blocked and Lacombe then touching it on to the scorer. Late on, France had Amoros sent off for head-butting Jesper Olsen in retaliation to a late, though seemingly innocuous tackle and received a three match ban, meaning he wouldn't be able to play in the tournament again unless France reached the final. Martin Tyler voiced clips for the following Saturday's "World of Sport" round-up.

Wed 13/Jun/1984    Belgium 2 (Vandenbergh, Grün) Yugoslavia 0
Group A (7:30pm bst)
*Bob Wilson reported on this and yesterday's match during BBC1's coverage of England's freindly in Uruguay as part of a 7 minute preview of the tournament. Again, viewers in Ireland (and those on the Welsh coast who could pick up the signal) were far better served with live coverage on RTE1 at 7:10-9:30pm. Belgium took the lead with a goal on the counter attack on 29 - Vandenbergh scoring with the help of a deflection, Grün then bagged a 2nd before the break. Belgium were well in control in the 2nd half and might have had more had it not been for some disgraceful fouls by the Yugoslav defence. The voice of John Helm was on ITV clips shown as part of a round-up on "World of Sport" three days later.

Thu 14/Jun/1984    West Germany 0 Portugal 0
Group B (4:15pm bst)
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Highlights of this and the evening game were shown on a late night programme on BBC1. RTE2 showed the afternoon game live (4:00-6:20pm) but didn't have any coverage of the night game. A frustrating afternoon for the Germans who were on top in the 1st half, but ran out of ideas in the 2nd.

Thu 14/Jun/1984    Romania 1 (Bölöni) Spain 1 (Carrasco(pen))
Group B (7:30pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Alan Parry
*Highlights of today's Group B games were shown on BBC1 introduced by Jimmy Hill at 11:25pm-12:10am. Carrasco put Spain ahead from the penalty spot on 22 after he had been tripped in the box by the keeper, Bölöni volleyed a splendid equaliser for Romania on 35.

Game 2

Sat 16/Jun/1984    France 5 (Platini 3(1pen), Giresse, Fernandez) Belgium 0
Group A (4:15pm bst)
*No coverage of today's games on British television, ITV were pencilled in to cover these matches but merely had a round-up on "World of Sport" at 12:05-12:45pm (Martin Tyler was heard on ITV clips of this match shown the following week). RTE1 showed this game live as part of their lengthy Saturday afternoon "Sports Stadium" programme. Belgium were fancied as possibly the most likely team to challenge the favourites for the trophy, but their tactical nous was no match for the sheer ability of the French. Platini gave the hosts an early lead on 4, Belgium had a short spell around the half-hour mark where they might have equalised, de Wolf hit the bar and Vandenbergh went close too, but Giresse made it 2-0 on 33 and Fernandez effectively secured the points before HT with a 3rd goal on 43, Platini converted a peanlty on 74 and then completed his hat-trick to make it 5-0 on 89. French boss Michel Hidalgo said that it was the best performance in his eight years as manager.

Sat 16/Jun/1984    Denmark 5 (Arnesen 2(1pen), Berggreen, Elkjær, Lauridsen) Yugoslavia 0
Group A (7:30pm bst)
*Reports of today's games eventually went out on "Sunday Grandstand" on BBC2 towards the end of the programme the following day (Bob Wilson doing the voice-over for this game). Arnesen gave Denmark an early lead on 8 with a powerful cross which cannoned into the goal off the chest of the unprepared keeper, Berggreen then made it 2-0 on 16. In the 2nd half, Arnesen converted a penalty on 69, Elkjær made it 4-0 on 82 and Lauridsen completed the rout and a dazzling Danish performance with a 5th on 84. John Helm voiced the game for ITV clips shown a week later.

Sun 17/Jun/1984    West Germany 2 (Völler 2) Romania 1 (Coras)
Group B (4:15pm bst)
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Völler headed in Meier's cross to put West Germany ahead on 25 and might have had two more before the break. Romania looked down and almost out but netted a surprise equaliser only 35 seconds after the re-start through Coras, Völler scored his 2nd after being set up by Rummenigge to restore the German advantage on 66.

Sun 17/Jun/1984    Portugal 1 (Sousa) Spain 1 (Santillana)
Group B (7:30pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Alan Parry
*BBC1 had a "Sports Special" at 10:35pm-12:55am with highlights of England's friendly in Chile, they also had Show Jumping and Motor Racing, there was no mention of the European Championships in the newspaper listings but they did show highlights. RTE2 broadcast this game live at 7:15-9:25pm. Sousa put Portugal ahead on 52 with a delightful chip over the keeper. Spain then hit the crossbar before Santillana equalised on 73 as the defence made a hash of clearing a corner. John Helm described the action for ITV clips shown a week later.

Game 3

Tue 19/Jun/1984    France 3 (Platini 3) Yugoslavia 2 (Šestic, D.Stojkovic(pen))
Group A (7:30pm bst)
*It was not only impossible for Yugoslavia to qualify, they were pretty much guaranteed to finish with the wooden spoon even if they won this match, yet Šestic put them ahead on 32 after exchanging a one-two with Miljus. France had already booked their place in the semi-finals but star man Platini was still selected to play and scored his 2nd hat-trick of the tournament with goals on 59, 62 and with a free-kick on 77. On 82 Bossis tripped Deveric in the area and Dragon Stojkovic netted from the penalty spot to pull one back and end the scoring at 3-2. During the pulsating 2nd half, the Yugoslav team doctor was rushed to hospital when his heart stopped beating having just returned to the bench after treating an injured player, sadly he died later that night. Martin Tyler was the voice on ITV clips shown at the weekend.

Tue 19/Jun/1984    Denmark 3 (Arnesen, Brylle, Elkjær) Belgium 2 (Ceulemans, Vercauteren)
Group A (7:30pm bst)
*Despite today's games deciding the fate of the group, no football was scheduled on British TV as a result of ITV pulling out. Bob Wilson voiced-over a report for the BBC, John Helm for ITV. RTE2 elected to screen the Denmark v Belgium clash live at 7:15-9:25pm, this fixture deciding who would go through with France. The onus was on Belgium who had to win to progress, Ceulemans gave them the lead on 26 shooting in off the post and Vercauteren made it 2-0 on 39 with a lob over the keeper, but Arnesen's penalty conversion on 41 kick-started a Danish comeback, 3 minutes after coming on as a 2nd half substitute Brylle levelled the score at 2-2 with a 60th minute far post header and Elkjær on a counter attack netted a winner for the Danes on 84.

Group A Final Table
1. France         +7  6
2. Denmark        +5  4
3. Belgium        -4  2
4. Yugoslavia     -8  0

Wed 20/Jun/1984    Spain 1 (Maceda) West Germany 0
Group B (7:30pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Bobby Charlton
*Finally a live match, shown on BBC1 at 7:10-9:25pm introduced by Jimmy Hill (RTE1 also chose this match as their live game). A draw would have been enough to guarantee West Germany a place in the Semi-finals and they looked like getting just that until Maceda headed in a curling cross in the 90th minute to put Spain through and the holders out. Spain had earlier missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time, Salva's kick saved at full stretch by Schumacher, though the Germans had - by then - hit the woodwork three times. Spain were on top in the 2nd half and Maceda saw his header cleared off the line by Stielike. The last minute goal delighted some of the home French crowd still angry at the nature of their exit to the Germans in the World Cup Semi-final two years earlier, though many locals had been hoping for a re-match in which France could take direct revenge. Peter Brackley was heard on ITV clips shown at the weekend.

Wed 20/Jun/1984    Portugal 1 (Nené) Romania 0
Group B (7:30pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Alan Parry
*Reports were shown during coverage of the live match. Both sides needed the points, Romania in particular who had to win. Nené volleyed a late winner for Portugal on 81 to set up a semi-final meeting with the hosts.

Group B Final Table
1. Spain          +1  4
2. Portugal       +1  4
3. West Germany    0  3
4. Romania        -2  1

Semi-Finals

Platini after scoring v Portugal, 1984Sat 23/Jun/1984    France 3 (Domergue 2, Platini) Portugal 2 (Jordão 2) [AET]
(7:00pm bst)
Marseille
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*One of the all-time classic Euro's matches, yet only highlights of this epic Semi-final was seen by British viewers - BBC1 running a programme from 10:50-11:30pm (RTE2 in Ireland did show it live at 6:45-9:00pm). Birthday boy Domergue lashed in a free kick to give France the lead on 24, Fernández then had an effort ruled out for offside and later missed a practically open goal to extend the French lead, the Portuguese keeper also made a series of terrific saves before Jordão rose to meet a ball in from the left to head in an equaliser on 74, France then had a Didier Six shot touched onto the crossbar and the game went into extra-time. Portugal (playing in all white) took the lead on 98, a deep cross found Jordão on the left who miss-volleyed downwards but the ball looped over Bats for 2-1. Bats kept France in the game with a last gasp save and with just under six minutes left a desperate attacking move ended with a Domergue strike pulling it back to 2-2. In the final minute, Platini netted a winner from close range after Tigana had sidestepped his way into the penalty area and pulled back from the byline, a raucous John Motson declared "I've not seen a match like this in years!" . Earlier in the day, ITV had another "World of Sport" round-up of the tournament with Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves at 12:05-12:45pm. Peter Brackley voiced this match for ITV, who presumably showed clips a week later on another WOS round-up.

Sun 24/Jun/1984    Spain 1 (Maceda) Denmark 1 (Lerby) [Spain won on pens AET]
(7:00pm bst)
Lyon
BBC Highlights
Alan Parry
*Again, only highlights of this Semi-final were shown on BBC1 introduced by Jimmy Hill at 11:00-11:45pm (RTE2 showed it live from 6:45pm). Denmark had impressed in the group stage and were favourites to reach the final, they took an early lead on 7 when a cross from the right was met with a header by Elkjær, a combination of keeper and crossbar kept the initial effort out but Lerby followed up to thrash the ball in on the half-volley. The Danes came within a whisker of extending their lead in the 2nd half when an Arnasen effort struck the foot of the post, Spain also hit the woodwork at the other end on 67 when Carrasco danced through the defence on the right before striking the outside of the post - but the loose ball was worked over to the left, bounced kindly to remain in play and Gordilo squared into the area where it found Maceda who struck a fierce low drive into the corner of the net for 1-1. Both sides had good openings to score a 2nd goal as the game went into extra time, Denmark were somewhat harshly reduced to 10 men early in the 2nd period when Bergreen saw a red card for pulling back an opponent near the half-way line (having already been booked earlier), Spain forced one further good save out of Qvist before the tie went to a penalty shoot out. Both sides netted their first four spot kicks although one Danish kick had to be re-taken, Arconada - who had saved the initial effort - was booked by English referee George Courtney for protesting and a ball boy was struck on the back of the head by a beer can thrown by a Spanish supporter. Elkjær blasted Denmark's final kick over the crossbar and Sarabia (an early sub) then scored to put Spain through with 5 pens to 4.

The Final

Wed 27/Jun/1984    France 2 (Platini, Bellone) Spain 0
(7:00pm bst)
Paris
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Bobby Robson
*BBC1 had live coverage from 6:40-9:00pm introduced by Jimmy Hill. Bob Wilson was co-presenter with Bobby Charlton summarising. Spain, missing two key players, kept 11 men behind the ball when defending and on the counter-attack they had the best chances in a scoreless first half but were guilty of numerous ugly fouls. On 57 Lacombe made the most of contact with Salva just outside the box and France were fortunate to win a free-kick just to the left of the 'D' - Michel Platini, muted by Spain up to now, curled a low strike around the wall towards the far post, Luis Arconada appeared to make a comfortable save but then lost control of the ball under his body and it trickled over the line before the Spanish keeper could scoop it away. With 6 minutes left on the clock, a late tackle by Yvon Le Roux was his 2nd bookable offence and the French were down to 10 men but in injury-time Jean Tigana sent a through ball for Bruno Bellone to race clear and his delicate chip over the keeper found the back of the net to make it 2-0. The French victory was a fitting end to the career of manager Michel Hidalgo who stepped down after the game to make way for Henri Michel. Martin Tyler commentated for ITV clips.
 
 


(Left) Spain goalkeeper Arconada loses control of a free-kick for the opening goal, (centre) the full-time caption - this was
the first time flag graphics were used in an international tournament, (right) Platini lifts the trophy.
 
 

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