Unlike the World Cup in South Africa two years ago which produced plenty of drab uninspiring games, Euro 2012, the last to involve 16 teams before the tournament is expanded to an unwieldy 24 finalists in 2016, has been a fans' delight.
There was not a single 0-0 draw in the group stage.
Doubts about the co-hosts' ability to stage the tournament surfaced almost from the day UEFA awarded it to them in 2007, but whatever problems there may have been leading up to kick-off, most of those fears have not materialised.
While there have been isolated outbreaks of mainly politically-inspired violence and some racism issues - the major worry for the authorities beforehand - Europe's top players have ensured they have been the ones making the headlines.
Image: Ukrainian players hug Andriy Shevchenko, right, after he scored first goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and Sweden in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, June 11, 2012.