Best Of The Web - Greatest International Game Of The 21st Century?

As we await the start of Euro 2016, it’s high time you took 5 minutes out of your day to reacquaint yourself with arguably the greatest international football match of the 21st century, from Euro 2004. It featured two exceptional teams packed with world class talent throwing the kitchen sink at each other for 90 minutes.

Arjen Robben with (some) hair in full flow, Ruud Van Nistelrooy goal hanging like a pro, Baros screaming home worldies, Jan Koller being marked by his long lost brother Jaap Stam, Edgar Davids and Pavel Nedved slamming the woodwork whilst Petr Cech and Edwin Van Der Sar desperately try to keep things vaguely civil, those iconic Total 90 Nike kits, a late red card and one of the all time great comebacks - it’s a game that had it all.

Swoon. The mad thing about this match was that it wasn’t even a knock out tie. Both teams were so desperate to get out of a group also containing Germany they really went big here. In the end they both qualified with before falling somewhat criminally at the semi final stage. Imagine how much fun a re-run of this tie in the final could have been? Instead we got a niggley Greece v Portugal snoozefest. BOOOOOO.

Can you think of a better game of interntational footy? Am willing to physically fight any idiot who reckons they so.

Pete Starr
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