Davor Suker’s superb lob.
Euro ’96 will always be remembered for a number of reasons – Paul Gascoigne’s dentist chair celebration, England’s penalty heartache, but surely the goal that has to stand out most came from a Croatian.
Two years before he would be named as runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in the 1998 Ballon d’Or, Davor Suker came into Euro ’96 with the eyes of the world set on him as he prepared for a move from Sevilla to Real Madrid the following season.
Needing to win against holders Denmark to have a chance of advancing to the knockout stage, Croatia broke the deadlock in a cagey match just short of the hour mark when Suker netted from the spot. With nine minutes to go Zvonimir Boban made it 2-0 and Denmark looked set to go out.
As he would make a habit of doing throughout his career, Schmeichel charged into the Croatian box in the final minute to make his considerable presence felt as his side desperately chased an unlikely two goals.
When the corner was cleared the Danish ’keeper raced back to his goal. A long ball forward found Suker on the left wing. He deftly controlled it before cutting into the box and heading straight for goal.
Then, as the huge form of Schmeichel came out to close him down he deftly chipped the ball over the Danish ’keeper’s head and into the far corner.