Euro 2024 team of the round: Matchday 1

  • First round of group-stage fixtures at Euro 2024 completed
  • Spain & Germany among early stand-outs
  • England & Italy also featured plenty of impressive performers
Havertz & Bellingham were among the top performers
Havertz & Bellingham were among the top performers / Crystal Pix/MB Media | Image Photo Agency/Getty Images

The first round of fixtures at Euro 2024 is in the books, with teams across the continent putting on a real show so far in Germany.

Spain and hosts Germany have already established themselves as potential favourites to go all the way, while England and France are both on track but need to step things up as the tournament progresses.

Here's a look back at the top performers from matchday one.

GK: Unai Simon (Spain)

Unai Simon
Simon was busy / Dan Mullan/GettyImages

Croatia always have the potential to cause problems for even the best teams in the competition, so Unai Simon had to be on top form to come away from his meeting with Luka Modric and friends with a clean sheet.

Simon managed five saves during Spain's 3-0 victory, including a stop from a Bruno Petkovic penalty late on to ensure there would be no dramatic comeback.

RB: Dani Carvajal (Spain)

Dani Carvajal
Carvajal was among the goals / Masashi Hara/GettyImages

Dani Carvajal is hardly known for his output in front of goal, but the Real Madrid right-back opened his account for Spain on what was his 45th cap.

Defensively, Carvajal always looked comfortable against Croatia's tricky forwards, bringing the confidence that comes with winning the Champions League just a matter of weeks ago.

CB: Nathan Ake (Netherlands)

Nathan Ake
Ake had an excellent showing / BSR Agency/GettyImages

He may have played more as a left-back, but there's simply no way of not including Nathan Ake in the best team of the matchround.

Ake walked away with an assist from the Netherlands' 2-1 win over Poland, but his overall performance deserves to be recognised as well. The Manchester City defender oozes class at both ends of the field.

CB: Riccardo Calafiori (Italy)

Riccardo Calafiori
Calafiori earned plenty of new fans / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Social media's new favourite player, Bologna centre-back Riccardo Calafiori enjoyed somewhat of a breakout performance in Italy's 2-1 win over Albania.

While fans of Serie A are well aware of Calafiori's ability, the 22-year-old announced himself on the international stage with a strong performance, even chipping in with some huge contributions in attack.

LB: Michel Aebischer (Switzerland)

Michel Aebischer
Aebischer had a unique role / Kevin Voigt/GettyImages

A teammate of Calafiori's at Bologna, Swiss star Michel Aebischer stole the show in a unique role as his side roared to a 3-1 win over Hungary.

Aebischer is a midfielder by trade but lined up as a left wing-back in a system which encouraged him to get inside and on the ball as much as possible. The rewards? A goal and an assist.

DM: Fabian Ruiz (Spain)

Fabian Ruiz
Fabian scored a lovely goal / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Another show-stealer who walked away from the first round of fixtures with a goal and an assist, Fabian Ruiz played a huge role in Spain's win over Croatia.

It's no secret that Croatia's strength lies in midfield, where Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic have played their way into the streets-will-never-forget pantheon, but Fabian made sure he came out on top.

DM: Jude Bellingham (England)

Jude Bellingham
England needed Bellingham's goal / OZAN KOSE/GettyImages

England made hard work of their 1-0 win over Serbia but, while questions about the Three Lions continue to swirl, nobody is questioning the credentials of a certain Jude Bellingham.

One of the favourites for this year's Ballon d'Or, Bellingham took charge of proceedings for England. His goal proved pivotal but his all-round performance and willingness to fight for the shirt made a major impact.

RM: Dennis Man (Romania)

Mykhailo Mudryk, Dennis Man
Man racked up two assists against Ukraine / Clive Mason/GettyImages

Romania's first win at the Euros in 24 years came in style as they thumped Ukraine 3-0, with Dennis Man playing the role of conductor.

Man, who plays his football in Serie B for Parma, watched his side manage just 29% possession throughout the game but stayed sharp to pounce on any glimpses of space that came his way and seal a famous victory.

AM: Jamal Musiala (Germany)

Jamal Musiala
Musiala was on top form / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Arguably the star of the first round of fixtures, Jamal Musiala and Germany opened Euro 2024 in style with a 5-1 thumping of Scotland.

Bayern Munich's 21-year-old sensation made the most of his first Euros stars with a dazzling showing which yielded one goal and some absolute nightmarish movements with the ball at his feet. Scotland simply couldn't get near him.

LM: Lamine Yamal (Spain)

Lamine Yamal
Yamal made a real impact / Dan Mullan/GettyImages

What can't Barcelona's teenage sensation do?

Lamine Yamal put on a hugely impressive showing in Spain's triumph over Croatia, popping up with the inch-perfect assist for Carvajal's goal on the stroke of half-time.

ST: Kai Havertz (Germany)

Kai Havertz
Havertz scored from the spot / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

The left-back experiment is well and truly over for Kai Havertz with Germany. The Arsenal man was back at the top of the team against Scotland and he continued his impressive form with another goal and an assist.

Dovetailing perfectly with Musiala and Florian Wirtz, Havertz ensured Germany made a lasting impression in the tournament's opening game.