Top five worst performances at Euro

Bulgaria's Zdravko Lazarov (R) is tackled by Denmark's Niclas Jensen during their Group C Euro 2004...

Bulgaria's Zdravko Lazarov (R) is tackled by Denmark's Niclas Jensen during their Group C Euro 2004 soccer match in 2004. (REUTERS)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI AGENCY

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In honour of Ireland's less-than-impressive showing at Euro 2012, here are the top five worst team performances at a European championship tournament:

1. England, 1988: The English went into Euro as a team to fear. They were upset 1-0 by Ireland in their first game on a Ray Houghton goal. They went on to suffer two thumping defeats, both 3-1, to the Netherlands and Soviet Union.

2. Denmark, 2000: By the end of the tournament, the Danes were minus-8 in goal differential. They couldn't play defence and had no scoring. They lost 3-0 to the Netherlands and France and, in their final group game, dropped a 2-0 decision to the Czech Republic.

3. Yugoslavia, 1984: This was a nation that always produced great players but they were Serbs and Croats, so they rarely played together. Yugoslavia also finished with a minus-8 goal differential, losing 2-0 to Belgium, 5-0 to Denmark and 3-2 to France.

4. Germany, 2000: This was the most stunning of poor performances. Germany was one of the favourites but could only manage a 1-1 draw with Romania before losing 1-0 to England and getting hammered 3-0 by Portugal.

5. Bulgaria, 2004: This is a team that really had no business being in the tournament. Bulgaria scored one goal and it came in a 2-1 loss to Italy. Sweden took them out 5-0 and Denmark shut them down 2-0.


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