Euro 2020 came back with a bang on Friday with two absorbing quarter final clashes.
GK: Yann Sommer (Switzerland)
Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side after a string of superb saves, including a couple in the penalty shoot-out.
DEF: Jordi Alba (Spain)
Was unfortunate that his goal went down as an own goal but he provided most of Spain’s attacking threat and would have had an assist if Gerard Moreno’s finishing had been better
DEF: Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland)
His heroic block to deny Marcos Llorente in extra time kept Switzerland’s hopes alive right until the bitter end.
DEF: Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
Scored an offside goal but otherwise had a superb night alongside Giorgio Chiellini and kept Romelu Lukaku well shackled.
DEF: Nico Elvedi (Switzerland)
Dealt with Spain’s pressure well when Switzerland were down to 10 men and barely gave Alvaro Morata a sniff.
MID: Pedri (Spain)
Once again put on a cultured, mature midfield clinic. Are we absolutely sure he’s only 18.
MID: Nicolo Barella (Italy)
He’s been brilliant throughout the tournament and got on the scoresheet against Belgium courtesy of some lovely quick feet and a fine finish.
MID: Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)
Caused havoc with some excellent set-pieces and did well to capitalise on a mistake in the Spain defence to score.
MID: Jeremy Doku (Belgium)
Just 19 but he proved to be a more than capable deputy for Eden Hazard with a tireless, fearless performance. Won a penalty and was unlucky not to score.
FW: Lorenzo Insigne (Italy)
The star of the show in Munich capped a brilliant individual display with a brilliant individual goal. A joy to watch him play.
FW: Ciro Immobile (Italy)
Didn’t have a great night if the truth be told but his little bit of play acting caused enough confusion in the Belgium defence for Italy to score the opener.
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