90min
UEFA Euro 2020

Euro 2020 team of matchday 1

Max Parsons
Patrik Schick makes the XI after his wonderful brace against Scotland
Patrik Schick makes the XI after his wonderful brace against Scotland / Petr Josek - Pool/Getty Images
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So, that went by like a flash, didn't it?

Every team has now played their first round of matches and, predictably, some players had wonderful games while others probably wished they never even got on the plane.

There were unbelievable goals scored, records broken, and (maybe) players nibbled. But, for now, let's focus on the individuals who performed outstandingly and take a look at 90min's Euro 2020 team of matchday one.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Milan Skriniar
Milan Skriniar passionately celebrates / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Lukas Hradecky (GK) - While all else apart from Christian Eriksen's collapse in the Denmark vs Finland match seems to pale into insignificance, Hradecky did put in a stunning performance to lead the Finns to a 1-0 victory. The goalkeeper saved Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 74th-minute penalty to keep his side ahead and eventually secure three points with a clean sheet.

Denzel Dumfries (RB) - A wonderful wing-back performance in probably the match of the tournament so far. Dumfries marauded up and down the right flank throughout and got himself his first international goal to snatch a 3-2 victory over Ukraine.

Raphael Varane (CB) - Questions over France's defensive stability were firmly put to rest in their matchday one victory over Germany. A defensive masterclass led by the stoic Varane, who registered 15 interventions, allowed Les Bleus to pick up a crucial 1-0 win in the group of death.

Milan Skriniar (CB) - What a finish. It would've been impossible to guess this guy was a centre-back with his fantastic touch and half-volley into the bottom corner against Poland. As well as a solid defensive display, his late winner sealed a wonderful victory for Slovakia.

Leonardo Spinazzola (LB) - Italy were one of the most impressive performers on matchday one, brushing aside Turkey in the Euro 2020 opener. Spinazzola was on fantastic form, putting in a firm defensive display and supplying threat down the left throughout, registering more progressive carries than anyone on the pitch.

2. Midfielders

Kalvin Phillips (CM) - You don't come out of a game with the nickname 'The Yorkshire Pirlo' and not get into team of the matchday - it's just fact. Phillips was here, there and everywhere and got a beautiful assist for the only goal as England secured an important win over Croatia. He was sensational.

Paul Pogba (CM) - Manchester United fans must be screaming inside right now. Pogba's truly masterful and utterly dominant display in France's beating of Germany gets him straight into this team. Elegant while powerful, composed but combative and creatively brilliant while defensively immovable - he was pure class.

Georginio Wijnaldum (AM) - Playing just behind the forward line against Ukraine, the Netherlands captain linked up with his colleagues fantastically well, created opportunities throughout and looked like he was having a blast - oh, and he scored the opener for good measure.

3. Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed yet another record / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku (ST) - A typically classy display from Lukaku buried Russia as Belgium ran out 3-0 winners. The Inter man clinically finished for a brace to take his international tally to 62 in 94 matches - he's a literal beast.

Patrik Schick (ST) - Not only did Schick also secure himself an opening day brace, but he might have already claimed the goal of the tournament prize - in fact, just give it to him now. An excellent header opened the scoring in Czech Republic's win over Scotland, before a stupidly impressive, first-time lob from 50 yards out sailed over David Marshall to round off a 2-0 victory - nobody should be shooting from there, surely?!

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) - The record breaker. Portugal left it late against Hungary but eventually got a 3-0 win to top Group F, with Ronaldo bagging two for himself. A penalty for the first and a beautifully taken second meant that the Portuguese legend surpassed Michel Platini as the European Championships' all-time leading goal scorer - there are no more superlatives left for this man.


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