Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant performance against Holland, we thought we’d take a quick look at which players have stood out from the rest of their team-mates so far! We have seen some fascinating tales unfold, and we’ve not even progressed from the Group stages yet! Carry on reading to find out who Soccer Reviews thinks has stood out so far…
Alan Dzagoev – Russia 4 – 1 Czech Republic
The young CSKA attacking midfielder has interested many top clubs recently, including Manchester United, but this performance was undeniably brilliant. He scored 2, and was involved in pretty much all of Russia’s good spells of possession. Renowned for being two-footed, and having a good turn of pace, this performance against the Czechs certainly showed Dzagoev’s true potential.
Mezut Ozil – Germany 1 – 0 Portugal
Many of you may argue with us on this one, but Ozil is undeniably the best playmaker at Euro 2012. The young Real Madrid superstar covered a terrific amount of ground (around 10km) and he completed a remarkable 29 of his 33 attacking passes in the final third. He has an opportunity to take Germany to glory this summer, especially as they will be playing Greece in the Quarter Finals. Expect to hear a lot more about him over the coming weeks.
Georgio Chiellini – Spain 1 – 1 Italy
Spain, quite frankly, are the best team in the world. Yet Italy kept them extremely quiet for large periods of the game. The man who instigated this defensive magnificence was Chiellini, making challenge after challenge and showing commitment that is horribly missing in certain other players (Robben, we’re looking at you). If Italy make it through the Group, they’ll make tough opposition for the winners of Group D.
Jakub Blaszczykowski – Poland 1 – 1 Russia
The host nation were inspired by captain Jakub Blaszczykowski in this game, and his fine overall performance was capped off by a wonderful strike from the edge of the box. He, alongside Lewandoski, has been heavily linked with the Premier League after inspiring Borussia Dortmund to the title in Germany. With all-action performances like this, it’s clear to see why.
Mario Gomez – Holland 1 – 2 Germany
I felt a slight chill erupt inside me when watching this game. How good are Germany? Their awe-inspiring performance against one of the best teams in the world in Holland was slightly terrifying to watch. The man who produced the goods up front was Mario Gomez, scoring two to take his total three goals in the tournament. We here at Soccer Reviews feel that Germany are set to dominate for many years to come.
Theo Walcott – Sweden 2 – 3 England
Being an Englishman, I had to include an English player somewhere. While watching the game on Friday (which was surprisingly open), England lacked a spark on the wings. After falling behind to a cruelly poor goal, on stepped Theo Walcott to inspire England to a vital win. First scoring a dipping, swerving effort that completely bamboozled the Swedish goalkeeper, then setting up Danny Welbeck to backheel a wonderful goal. It’ll be interesting to see whether he starts against Ukraine.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal 2 – 1 Holland
We had to conclude the article with THAT performance. Ronaldo had been in misfiring form before the Holland game, but he put any concerns aside here. It was a majestic performance, dominance in the air, powerful shots which constantly troubled the keeper and full of clever runs that Holland quite simply couldn’t deal with. After the game, Ronaldo was awarded a fantastic 9.5/10 by Opta, one of the highest ever scores in an international game. He single-handedly won Portugal the game, and it’d be a good bet to predict Ronaldo to finish as top-scorer now the confidence is flowing.
With the knockout stages just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what twists and turns lie ahead in the coming days of the tournament. Be sure to stay with Soccer Reviews as we will be writing an article once the tournament has finished to give our full opinion, for now.. Disagree? Be sure to leave your comments below.