Euro 2024: 5 New Records Broken in the Tournament’s Early Stages

Euro 2024: 5 New Records Broken in the Tournament’s Early Stages

Chukwu Ikechukwu
June 18, 2024 at 8:11 AM
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  • Euro 2024 has kicked off to an exhilarating start as multiple records have tumbled since the opening game on June 13
  • Lamine Yamal, Germany, and Albania are some of the record-setters so far in the competition which is still witnessing round one games
  • Germany, Spain, England, and Italy have all secured wins in their opening games while Serbia caused the biggest upset so far

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The 2024 European Championship is setting multiple records even before the first round of matches is concluded as 24 teams jostle for Europe’s biggest football trophy in Germany.

Germany, Spain, and Romania are some of the biggest winners after convincing victories in their opening games, while Serbia stunned Belgium to cause the biggest upset of the competition so far.

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Lamine Yamal has set the record for the youngest player to feature in a European Championship game at 16 years. Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer.
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According to ESPN, Romelu Lukaku became the first player in history with 2 goals overturned by VAR in a European Championship match as Belgium suffered a 1-0 loss to Serbia on Monday, June 17.

Spain’s Lamine Yamal and Hungary’s Dominik Szoboszlai have set enviable personal records at Euro 2024 becoming the youngest player and youngest captain in the competition history.

Here, Sports Brief takes a comprehensive look at the top five records that have been broken so far in the European Championship ongoing in Germany.

Top 5 records broken at Euro 2024

1. Fastest goal in Euros history

Albania’s Nedim Bajrami scored the fastest goal in Euros history after 23 seconds.

The forward latched on to Federico Dimarco's misplaced throw-in and fired past Gianluigi Donnarumma to give Albania a 1-0 lead against Italy, but they would eventually lose the tie 2-1.

2. Most one-sided victory in an opening match

Host nation Germany thrashed 10-man Scotland 5-1 in the opening match of the 2024 European Championship.

Goals from Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz, Niclas Fullkrug, and Emre Can ensured the Germans cruised to the most one-sided victory in an opening game in Euros history.

3. Youngest captain in Euros history

Dominik Szoboszlai became the youngest man to captain a team at the Euros at the age of 23 years and 234 days.

The Liverpool midfielder wore the captain’s armband for Hungary as they lost their opening Group A game 3-1 to Switzerland on Saturday, June 15.

4. Youngest footballer to play in Euros

Spain's 3-0 victory over Croatia was spectacular enough, but 16-year-old Lamine Yamal made history by being the youngest man to feature in a European Championship game.

The Barcelona winger also created an assist for La Roja, providing the cross for Dani Carvajal to double Spain’s lead in the game.

5. Romelu Lukaku’s unwanted VAR record

Belgium's hopes of winning a major trophy with their “Golden Generation” were dashed after they suffered a 0-1 defeat to Slovakia in their opening group game, but Romelu Lukaku will be the most hurt with the result.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea forward became the first player in history with two goals overturned by VAR in a European Championship match after both of his goals were reversed after a check.

Slovakia cause biggest Euro upset

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Slovakia defeated Belgium in Group E at the Frankfurt Arena on June 17, delivering the tournament's first major upset.

Ivan Schranz scored the game's sole goal in the seventh minute, capitalizing on a defensive error in the Belgian defence that provided them with an unusual path to goal.

Belgium fought hard for an equalizer, with Romelu Lukaku particularly unfortunate. The Chelsea striker squandered three huge opportunities and had two goals overturned by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..