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The nine-goal thriller.

26,370 fans were at the Parc des Princes on July 6th 1960 to witness the first game in inaugural European Championships. The attendance was well short of the 40,000 capacity of the stadium, a sign that like the various nations that had decided against entering, many Parisians were unsure about this newly created tournament.

The Yugoslavs had beaten Austria 9-4 over two legs to reach this stage of the competition while the host had beaten Portugal 6-3. It took 11 minutes for the fun to start when the pair came up against each other.

Milan Galic scored the opener, with Jean Vincent levelling things up for the locals within a minute. That was how it stood at the break after which François Huette and Maryan Wisnieski both hit the target to give the French a commanding lead.

Ante Žanetic quickly pulled one back to make it 3-2 but when Huette got his second with just over an hour played, it seemed that the hosts might finally be moving into a winning position.

With 15 minutes to go Tomislav Knež brought Yugoslavia within touching distance and the French then crumbled with the finish line in sight, allowing Drazan Jerkovic to score twice and in a minute or so and give Yugoslavia a 5-4 lead that they held onto through the closing stages.

The Yugoslavs would be eventually be beaten in the final by the Soviets but Jerkovic and the his team mates will always be remembered for the thriller in Paris.