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After watching all the 36 games of the group stage at the Euro 2020 tournament, we can witness some outstanding performances. From the biggest stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin de Bruyne to less known players from Italy, the Czech Republic and Denmark. Before getting to the knockout stage, let’s see our list of the best eleven of the Euro 2020 group stage.
Everyone is expecting brilliant performances from top players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbpappe or Romelu Lukaku. And most of them managed to live up to these expectations and played well in the previous three games. But we can also see some unexpected players who impressed experts from smaller teams like the Czech Republic or Denmark. While the teamwork of Italy and the Netherlands have been very successful as well.
Best eleven of the Euro 2020 group stage
Goalkeeper: Tomas Vaclik
The goalkeeper of the Czech Republic has given a solid performance in all three games with some great saves. Though other keepers like Lukas Hradecky and Peter Gulacsi have been great as well, their teams haven’t qualified for the knockout stage. Unlike the Czech team which will meet the Netherlands in the last 16. With online sportsbooks in the Czech Republic offering the odds of 5.50 for their team’s victory.
Right back: Denzel Dumfries
Most experts have included Dutch Dumfries in the best eleven of the Euro 2020 group stage. The right back of Frank de Boer’s team hasn’t only defended well but also scored two goals so far. The PSV player can attract other club’s interest after his performance. Which he can continue against the Czech Republic this Sunday.
Centre back: Leonardo Bonucci
The Italian team has been playing superb so far after winning all their group games with confident play. They haven’t conceded any goals due to their solid defense led by one of their most experienced players, Leonardo Bonucci. Italy has become one of the top favorites to win the tournament by bookmakers. While Bonucci can take the captaincy in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini.
Centre back: Simon Kjaer
The captain of the Danish team who behaved so bravely at Eriksen’s collapse hasn’t only kept his team together but gave a good performance in all games. His teammates, Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle played well too and were key in the victory against Russia. The team faces Wales tomorrow in one of the most exciting ties of the last 16 round.
Left back: Leonardo Spinazzola
Like Dumfries, Italian left back Spinazzola was going to the front frequently during the matches, providing great support to the forwards. The Roma player was good in the back as well even though he is a right-footer. We might see more offensive moves from him in the next game against Austria.
Midfield: Manuel Locatelli
Staying with Italy, we can’t leave out from our best eleven of the Euro 2020 group stage one of the big surprises, Manuel Locatelli. The 23-year-old Sassuolo player played superbly and scored two goals. In spite of being selected only after Marco Verrati’s injury. Now Mancini’s job won’t be easy to select the starting eleven and make place for all his players.
Midfield: Georginio Wijnaldum
The Dutch captain has also produced a remarkable performance so far and surely made Liverpool fans more sad about his departure. He scored three goals and was available in all parts of the field. Wijnaldum will play for PSV in the next season where he can still be a great asset. But only after the end of the tournament where the Netherlands are mentioned in the favorites by online gambling sites in the Czech Republic.
Midfield: Kevin de Bruyne
Belgium had to miss him in the first match but the City star could return in the second game. And if he was there, he played a key part in Belgium’s victory against Denmark with an assist and scoring the winning goal. De Bruyne was great in the third game as well against Finland, and we are likely to see even more from him in the latter stages.
Forward: Patrik Schick
We just can’t miss the scorer of the goal of the tournament, Czech forward Patrik Schick. He might not be as known as the other mentioned players but he has given an outstanding performance so far. Beside his amazing goal against Scotland, he scored two more times and can be a threat even to the Dutch defense.
Forward: Romelu Lukaku
The Inter star has continued his great season in the Euro 2020 as well after scoring three goals already. He has become a real leader of the team in the absence of de Bruyne and Eden Hazard, who can score his team into the final. First though Belgium needs to defeat the defending champions, Portugal in the top game of the next round.
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portugal team might not be as convincing as it was five years ago, but Cristiano Ronaldo is still unbelievable. He scored five goals, three from penalties and led the team to the knockout stage from the death group. Ronaldo equaled the record of the most goals scored at international level, held by Iranian Ali Daei with 109 goals. And can break it in the next game against Belgium.