Euro 2024: 6 unforgettable milestones from the group stage

Euro 2024: 6 unforgettable milestones from the group stage

Eric Munene 09:31 - 29.06.2024

The group stage of EURO 2024 held in Germany has concluded, leaving a trail of remarkable milestones and historic achievements that have captivated football fans across Europe.

Euro 2024 has been nothing short of a spectacle delivering unforgettable moments that will be etched in football history.

As the tournament progresses to the knockout stages, we look back at six milestone achievements that have captured the hearts of fans worldwide and highlighted the unpredictable beauty of the beautiful game.

1. Georgia's inaugural triumph on the international stage

In a tournament full of historic moments, Georgia achieved a milestone of their own by securing their first-ever victory in a major international tournament. The Georgian team, considered the surprise package of EURO 2024, displayed grit and determination to clinch this memorable win against Portugal.

2. Luka Modric's milestone amid heartbreak

Croatia's Luka Modric, at 38 years and 289 days, became the oldest-ever scorer in EURO history with a crucial goal against Italy. Despite his historic feat, Croatia's journey ended in disappointment after a late equalizer dashed their hopes of progressing further in the tournament.

3. Nedim Bajrami's record-breaking goal

Albania's Nedim Bajrami stunned spectators with the fastest goal in EURO history, finding the net against Italy within 23 seconds of kick-off. Despite Italy's eventual comeback, Bajrami's early strike etched his name in tournament lore and endeared him to Albanian fans.

4. Benjamin Sesko's speed and Slovenia's debut success

Benjamin Sesko of Slovenia showcased exceptional speed, recording the highest top speed of any player during the group stage at 35.9 km/h. His contributions were pivotal as Slovenia secured their first-ever qualification to the knockout rounds, a historic achievement for Slovenian football.

5. Lamine Yamal's remarkable debut

Spain's Lamine Yamal emerged as a sensation, making history as the youngest-ever player to feature in the European Championship at just 16 years and 338 days. His electrifying performance against Croatia, where he set up Spain's decisive third goal, highlighted his immense talent and potential.

6. Austria's gegenpressing triumph

Under the tactical brilliance of Ralf Rangnick, Austria surprised many by topping Group D, ahead of football powerhouses like France, the Netherlands, and Poland. Known for their high-intensity gegenpressing style, Austria's victories over Poland and the Netherlands showcased their resilience and attacking prowess.