How France hosted and won Euro 1984 (and British TV ignored the action)

The Home Nations failed to qualify but the tournament limped on nonetheless, with France triumphing on home soil thanks to nine goals from Michel Platini

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

With only seven qualifying group winners joining the hosts, there were some notable absentees in France. World Cup holders Italy had finished fourth in a group topped by Romania; Denmark knocked out England, the English press back tracking from their original opinion that the Danes would be a pushover; Northern Ireland beat West Germany twice but the Germans scraped through thanks to a late goal against 10-man Albania; Wales came even closer, eliminated cruelly after a last-minute goal for Yugoslavia against Bulgaria. Scotland finished bottom of their group, as Belgium progressed; and Portugal recovered from a 5-0 defeat in the Soviet Union to make their first major championship since 1966.

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