Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

By Hieu Luong   June 28, 2024 | 04:24 pm PT
A match with 18 yellow cards and two red cards, a goal scored after 23 seconds are among new records set during the group stage of Euro 2024.
Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the only player to compete in six Euro tournament, with his first being 2004.

He also became the oldest captain at 39 years and 142 days, following Portugal’s 0-2 loss to Georgia. Additionally, CR7 set a record as the oldest player to assist (at 39 years and 138 days), helping Bruno Fernandes seal a 3-0 victory over Turkey.

Moreover, Ronaldo holds a series of records at the Euros, including most goals (14), assists (7), matches played (28), minutes played (2,399), and goals from penalties (3). All of Ronaldo’s statistics are expected to increase as Portugal face Slovenia in the round of 16.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

The youngest captain is Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary at 23 years and 243 days, during their 1-3 loss to Switzerland in the opening match of Group A. The Liverpool midfielder exemplifies that one does not need to be old to captain a national team.

The previous record for the youngest captain, at 24 years and 171 days, was held by Giuseppe Bergomi when Italy played Germany in 1988.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

Spanish forward Lamine Yamal (number 19) became the youngest player to compete in the Euros at 16 years and 338 days during Spain’s 3-0 win over Croatia in the Group B match. The previous record was held by Poland's Kacper Kozlowski at 17 years and 246 days during their 1-1 draw with Spain in the 2020 edition.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

The oldest player at the tournament is Pepe, at 41 years and 117 days, and he played in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Turkey in the second Group F match. He broke the record of 40 years and 86 days held by Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, set in 2016.

At 38 years and 289 days, Luka Modric became the oldest player to score in the Euros, when Croatia drew 1-1 with Italy in the final Group B match. Modric broke the record of former Austrian forward Ivica Vastic, who was 38 years and 257 days old when he scored in a 1-1 draw against Poland in the 2008 edition.

However, Modric’s joy was short-lived as Croatia were eliminated in the group stage.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in the history of Euro, at 36 years and 327 days, during Germany’s 5-1 win over Scotland in their opening match. The previous record was held by former Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec, who was six days older.

The fastest goal in Euro history, after 23 seconds, belongs to Nedim Bajrami, who scored for Albania in the 1-2 loss to Italy, breaking the previous record of 1 minute and 7 seconds set by Russia's Dmitri Kirichenko in a 2-1 win over Greece in the 2004 edition.

Meanwhile, the latest goal was scored at 99 minutes and 32 seconds by Kevin Csoboth, securing Hungary’s 1-0 victory over Scotland in the final Group A match.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

A stoppage-time goal by Cenk Tosun (number 9) sealed Turkey’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic and set a record for 10 goals scored after the 90th minute (excluding extra time) for this edition of Euro. This statistic could increase as the tournament still has 15 matches to go. The previous record was nine goals at Euro 2016.

Three other notable records include Turkey's Arda Guler becoming the youngest player to score in his Euro debut, at 19 years and 114 days. He broke the record of 19 years and 128 days set by Ronaldo in 2004.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham became the youngest player to participate in two Euro tournaments at 20 years and 353 days, surpassing the mark of 21 years and 109 days set by Germany’s Jamal Musiala. Germany's 5-1 victory over Scotland marked the biggest opening match win in Euro history.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

Euro 2024 also saw some unwanted records. Notably is the Czech Republic's 1-2 loss to Turkey which set a record for the most cards in a match, with 18 yellow cards and two red cards. The previous record was 10 cards, set during France’s 0-1 loss to Portugal in the 2016 final, Italy’s penalty shootout win over Netherlands in the 2000 semifinals, and Germany’s 2-0 group stage win over Czech Republic in 1996.

The Czech Republic also became the team to receive the most red cards in Euro history - five.

Records broken at Euro 2024 group stage

Ukraine became the first team to earn four points but failed to advance past the group stage since the Euros expanded to 24 teams in 2016. The other three teams in Group E including Romania, Belgium, and Slovakia also had four points, but Ukraine finished last due to having the lowest goal difference.

Photos by Reuters, UEFA

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