Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t like to be second best but even will have to admit that he was eclipsed by Renato Sanches during Portugal's Euro 2016 quarter-final victory over Poland.
This competition was full of surprises, even until the very end. Here at KICKRS.NET, we loved Iceland and Wales’s success story, as well as Italy’s tactical masterpiece. But what we particularly appreciated was the great performances of U23-Talents. Here are the best players by position based on the scoring system we used for our fantasy game. We used the average score per game to judge overall success. For each talent, you will find his best score, his worst and the average score he had during the competition: Eg. Eddie Example Best : 70 / Worst : 62 / Avg : 65.
Unfortunately, our most favourite team didn’t make it to the semifinals. We are all disappointed, but we can’t deny that the performance by the Frenchies was brilliant. And, above all, we got the chance to see again the real Paul Pogba.
When the German Champions opted to invest 8.5 million euros for a young inexperienced central midfielder from Stuttgart (on loan to Red Bull Leipzig), its fans and major critics were a bit skeptical.
Wow. After Shaqiri’s goal against Poland, Portugal’s late winner, France’s terrific rescue, Germany’s hammer, Belgium’s rebirth and Game of Thrones season finale, we really didn’t think we could hold any more emotions. And yet we were witnesses to two of the most exciting games of this Euro Cup: Italy-Spain and England-Iceland. And, to top it up once more, we had again two talents that scored the most points in our fantasy game: De Sciglio and Harry Kane.
Germany is one of the most experienced teams in this EURO 16. Yesterday, however, the second youngest player on the field for Germany proved that you don't require experience to make the difference.
What a day it was for Switzerland’s #23 Xherdan Shaqiri...
Here we are. The group phase is now over, and the surprises we witnessed during the last matchday are still going round our heads. As do some of the fan chants ( “Will Grigg’s on fire” anyone?).
Footage of Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan fixing his hair instead of blocking Luka Modric´s smashing shot in Turkey’s match vs Croatia had quickly gone viral at home and in international social media. However, in yesterday’s crucial game against the Czech Republic the 21 year old defensive midfielder found the right answer to the mockery.
It was certainly a roller-coaster of emotions for Euro 2016 Group B teams.
French fans were expecting two players to lead their team in this EURO16: Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. During the two first games, neither of them really filled the leader role but luckily for France Dimitri Payet stepped up with brilliant performances against Romania and Albania by scoring two goals and delivering an assist. In the game against Switzerland yesterday, Payet didn’t start so all eyes were on Pogba and Griezmann.
What a perfect way to deal with the critics after the disappointing first game. Against Italy, last week, Lukaku was confronted with one of the best defense in this EURO so far. But he managed to react to criticism by scoring twice, and allowing the Red Devils to regain support and confidence. But his performance was far from ordinary.