3 years since the most goal-packed matchday in Euro history

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On 23rd June 2021, the European Championship experienced its highest scoring day. Up to 18 goals were scored in just four matches involving Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and France.

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Never before have so many goals - 18 in four matches - been scored in one day of the European Championship as on 23rd June 2021, in the final round of groups E and F; from Spain's 5-0 win over Slovakia to Sweden's 3-2 win over Poland, as well as the 2-2 draw between Germany and Hungary and between Portugal and France.
Within a minute and 22 seconds, Emil Forsberg had already scored for Sweden. He then repeated in the 59th minute. Robert Lewandowski responded with two goals, in the 61st and 84th minutes. Finally, Viktor Claesson gave the Nordic team the win and the ticket to the round of 16.
At the same time, Spain thrashed Slovakia, with goals from Martin Dubravka (own goal), Aymeric Laporte, Pablo Sarabia, Ferran Torres and Juraj Kucka (own goal). Luis Enrique's team qualified or the knockout stages.
Then, the end of Group F added to the goal tally. In the Portugal-France match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Karim Benzema twice. In Germany-Hungary, Adam Szalai gave Hungary the lead, Kai Havertz equalised for Germany, Andras Schafer restored parity and Leon Goretzka equalised.
The second most goal-packed day also corresponds to Euro 2020. On 28th June 2021, 14 goals were scored in just two games in the Round of 16: the 3-5 Croatia-Spain extra-time win and the 3-3 France-Switzerland draw that went to penalties and saw Les Bleus eliminated 4-5 in the shootout.
The third, with the same 14 goals, but in four matches, dates back to 21st June 2000. From Spain's comeback against Yugoslavia (3-4) to the Czech Republic's 0-2 win over Denmark and the Netherlands' 2-3 win over France, despite the 0-0 draw between Slovenia and Norway.