Being able to use five substitutes is a new phenomenon, but after a record-breaking impact from players off the bench in the knockout stages at Euro 2020, interest in making additional replacements a permanent fixture will only increase.
Last-gasp drama has defined this year’s European Championship, especially in some enthralling knockout-round matches.
There was Switzerland’s stunning comeback from 3-1 down to peg world champion France back in the last 16, a match it eventually won on penalties, Croatia’s incredible turnaround in its clash with Spain, and Italy’s pulsating tussle with Austria that went to extra time.
All three of those matches had one thing in common – goals from substitutes were key, with a coach’s use of his squad making more difference than ever at a European Championship.
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