From Cristiano Ronaldo's Coca-Cola saga to Rudiger's'bite'on Pogba; 10 craziest moments in Euro 2020

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Euro 2020 comes to a close, and from the sublime to the shocking to the downright ridiculous, this tournament has had it all.

Early exits for the likes of France, Gemany, Portugal and Netherlands kept things interesting, while Hungary and North Macedonia gave a brilliant account of themselves.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Coca-Cola saga

The portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo may have changed advertising in football forever after he removed two Coca-Cola bottles during a press conference, causing their market value to drop temporarily by an astonishing $4 billion.

Paul Pogba, a devout muslim, did the same by replacing with an alcohol-free Heineken bottle just a day later, while John McGinn and Andriy Yarmolenko made various remarks about it.

Stricken Eriksen's collapse

One of the most horrific moments in football history, as the football world came to a standstill as Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark's game against Finland due to cardiac arrest.

Fortunately, the Danish midfielder received the necessary treatment he needed to recover, with both sets of fans united showing what football is truly about.

Greenpeace protestor crash

A botched parachute stunt made the headlines prior to France's opening clash with Germany as a man looked to be just inches from crashing straight into the stands as he descended onto the pitch.

It later emerged that environmental campaigners Greenpeace were behind the bizzare protest, with the yellow parachute emblazoned with 'KICK OUT OIL!', directed at sponsors Volkswagen.

Greenpeace eventually had to apologise for the stunt which left several people hospitalized.

Schick's Scotland Lob

Patrick Schick got his stellar performance off to a wild start by scoring what should be one of the contenders of goal of the tournament with a lob against Scotland from around the halfway line.

Sensing David Marshall was off his line, Schick gave the ball an almighty hoof from the middle of the pitch, and to his credit it curled all the way in to the back of the Scotland net perfectly, getting the Czech Republic off to a dream start at Hampden.

Arnautovic's slur

Bad boy striker Marko Arnautovic was handed a one-match ban for an alleged slur directed at North Macedonia defender Ezgjan Alioski.

While celebrating his goal in the Group C, Arnautovic had to have his mouth shut by captain Alaba as he reportedly shouted insults towards the Macedonian man.

Former Leeds United ace played down the incident after the game, claiming the China based striker had apologised after a conversation at full-time.

Manic Monday

In what was one of the best day of the tournament's history two nail biting last 16 clashes went into extra-time as Spain and France were both taken all the way.

In the first game of the day, the Spaniards looked to be easing into the next round, but two goals from Croatia in the final five minutes forced them into an extra 30 minutes.

Spain scored two goals in the first half of extra time, but the same cannot be said for France. Three second half goals from the French left them 3-1 up, but two late Switzerland goals took the game to extra time, then to penalties, with Granit Xhaka and co emerging victorious after Kylian Mbappe's penalty was saved.

Benzema's brilliant brace

Earlier in France's game against Switzerland, Benzema had scored twice in the space of three minutes to completely turn the game on its head, with Switzerland missing a penalty just a minute before.

The way the Madrid man controlled the ball for the first goal with a fine flick was truly breathtaking, while he showed his killer instinct to nod home from the rebound just seconds later.

In his first international start since the 2014 World Cup, Benzema was France's leading scorer.

Rudiger's 'bite' on Pogba

Paul Pogba a decent tournament considering France's early exit, especially with that blinder against Switzerland almost worthy its own entry into goal of the tournament list.

But the Manchester United man could not have expected to have been nibbled on by the Germany defender in the opening clash.

The Chelsea man, who is a personal friend of Pogba, appeared to bite his Premier League rival, though Pogba played it down after the game and Rudiger denied it.

Group of Death goes to the wire

At one point it looked as if Hungary could have been going through as second in Group F.

Along with France, Germany and Portugal, a draw with France and the lead against Germany put the unlikely Hungarians in a promising position with their rivals all massively underperforming.

Unfortunately it wasn't to be as Leon Goretzka's late equaliser dumped them out wit one point.

Dubravka's own goal

Newcastle goalkeeper handed Spain one of the easiest goal in a tournament filled with own goals, as he palmed the ball into his own net.

The tournament had experienced more than 10 players finding the back of their own nets.



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