The Switzerland international had been fantastic in goal for his side. It is a little ironic that the Swiss went out of the tournament after losing to Poland in a penalty shootout, where Sommer failed to make a single save. But the Swiss wouldn’t have gone that far without their custodian.
The Tottenham Hotspur right-back has been imperious running the right side of the English defence as well as attack. Not one to miss out on any opportunity to venture forward, the Englishman has been equally quick in getting back to thwart any opposition attack.
The Juventus defender has led the Italian defence in his indomitable style. Not afraid to slide into a tackle or to bring the attacker down in a fast break, Italy would be so much worse without Chiellini in central defence.
The Icelandic centre-back, who plied his trade in the lower divisions of English football, has savouring the big stage of European football by being a rock in defence.
The Spanish team as well as the Barcelona side would lose much of their attacking sharpness without Alba on the left side. His surging runs forward have added teeth to the Spanish attack, without compromising on defence.
Nothing goes past the Sevilla man. He reads an attack fast, has the pace and nous to get there and thwart it before it becomes a threat. Poland cannot thank him enough for his work against Switzerland in the round of 16 match.
As the opposition have focused their attentions on Gareth Bale, Ramsey has gone about the business of keeping the Wales attack ever present and threatening. His surging runs have been sumptuous.
He just keeps getting better with age. Iniesta almost put a perfect shift against Turkey in the 3-0 thrashing. And his out of the boot precise through ball to Jordi Alba that led to Alavaro Morata’s second goal, will be played on loop by football connoisseurs for ages.
As Paul Pogba hasn’t quite replicated his club form for Les Bleus, they needed someone to throw his hat in the ring and take responsibility. Payet has been that man for France at this tournament.
The Arsenal midfielder has only one assist to show for his efforts, but his movement on the pitch and his ability to foresee a move well in advance has been essential for the German national team. The 2014 World Cup winner will be key to the German fortunes in the remainder of the tournament.
The big-name attacker have failed to deliver the goods. Madzukic also went out of the tournament without a goal against his name, but his work rate and ability to create space for team-mates is a valuable asset.
Best XI: Yann Sommer, Kyle Walker, Giorgio Chiellini, Kari Arnasson, Jordi Alba, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Aaron Ramsey, Andres Iniesta, Dimitri Payet, Mesut Ozil, Mario Mandzukic
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