The match has been labelled the true start of Euro 2008 by commentators, given the exciting standard of the game and possibly the goal of the tournament. It attracted a 27.1% share of the audience for ITV1 between 7.30pm-10pm.
It was also the most watched match of Euro 2008 since the tournament began on Saturday, eclipsing the 4.5m viewers who tuned in to watch Germany's 2-0 win over Poland on BBC One on Sunday.
Earlier in the evening, BBC One's live coverage of a dull goalless stalemate between Romania and France brought 3m viewers and a 22.4% share between 4.45pm-7pm.
The second episode of Channel 4's 'The Victorian Sex Explorer', in which actor Rupert Everett presented a travelogue of a journey around Egypt and India, pulled in 1.6m viewers and a 7.5% share between 9pm-10pm. Channel 4+1's ratings were 93,000 viewers and a 0.4% share.
The broadcaster's latest instalment of 'Big Brother' earned 3.3m viewers and a 19% share between 9pm-10pm, up from 3.2m on Sunday evening. The ratings for its outing on Channel 4+1 were 143,000 viewers and a 1.6% share.