Euro 2020 group stage players – ranked

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Euro 2020 group stage players - ranked

Euro 2020 group stage players – ranked

With an enthralling group stage now concluded, we have our line-up for the first knockout round of Euro 2020 – and we know who is going home.

There may be some solace for those heading out of the tournament if they take a look at Stats Perform’s power rankings, though.

Using Opta’s player index – which calculates ratings based on data collected from every game – we can reveal the top 20 performers from the group stage.

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20. Axel Witsel

Axel Witsel, Robin Lod
Witsel is back / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Witsel made a timely return to the starting line-up as Belgium closed out their group campaign with a 2-0 win over Finland.

The Borussia Dortmund man was a driving force in midfield as he won the ball 15 times in the contest, the most of any player from either side.

19. Koke

Koke has impressed / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

One of three Spain players in this list, Koke had a strong game against Slovakia as he misplaced only six of 71 attempted passes in midfield.

The Atletico Madrid man completed 163 passes in the opposition half during the group phase, the most of any midfielder apart from team-mate Pedri (165) and Toni Kroos (217).

18. Manuel Locatelli

Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Insigne
Locatelli starred in the group stages / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Locatelli was always likely to slide a little down the rankings given he climbed as high as 10th last time due to his double against Switzerland.

The Italy midfielder was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Wales but remains in this top 20, which highlights how impressive he was over the first two matchdays.

17. Andriy Yarmolenko

Andriy Yarmolenko
Ukraine are in the round of 16 / Robert Ghement – Pool/Getty Images

He may have slipped down the list after Ukraine’s disappointing loss to Austria, but Yarmolenko still features in our top 20.

A run of goals in three consecutive games came to an end, but he was one of only four Ukraine players to create a chance on matchday three and finished the group with three direct goal involvements, a team-high along with Roman Yaremchuk.

16. Pablo Sarabia

Pablo Sarabia
Sarabia scored against Slovakia / Julio Munoz – Pool/Getty Images

As Spain at last turned on the style in their 5-0 win over Slovakia, Sarabia showed why he deserves a spot in Luis Enrique’s starting line-up.

His cute finish early in the second half made it 3-0 and it was his pass that was expertly turned in by Ferran Torres for the fourth. The Paris Saint-Germain winger produced a game-high seven crosses in total.

15. Luka Modric

Luka Modric
Modric stole the show against Scotland / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The youngest Croatia player to score at the Euros in 2008, Modric became the oldest player to do so for his country with a spectacular outside-of-the-foot strike against Scotland.

It capped a sublime performance in Glasgow in which the 35-year-old attempted 61 passes in the opposition half, well over double the number attempted by the man top of the Scotland tally, Kieran Tierney (25).

14. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is a grafter / Wolfgang Rattay – Pool/Getty Images

Only one midfielder has created as many goalscoring chances as Kevin De Bruyne (nine) at Euro 2020. Not many would have guessed that man would be Denmark’s Hojbjerg.

The Tottenham star set up two of his side’s four goals against Russia to cap what has been a superb group stage during trying circumstances.

13. Jorginho

Jorginho is key for Italy / Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Jorginho completed all but one of his 51 passes against Wales before being taken off with 15 minutes remaining for a well-earned rest prior to the last 16.

The Chelsea man had the second-best pass completion rate (93.6) at this tournament among midfielders to attempt at least 200 during the group stage, behind only Kroos (94.3).

12. Danny Ward

Andrea Belotti, Ethan Ampadu, Danny Ward
Ward has been in inspired form / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Wales’ number one made five stops in the 1-0 defeat to Italy, helping to keep their goal difference strong enough to finish above Switzerland in Group A.

Among keepers to make at least eight saves at these finals, none have a better save percentage than Ward (86.7 per cent). He has played a significant yet understated role in his side’s progress to the knockouts.

11. Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri is key for Switzerland / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Switzerland’s go-to guy when they need a result, Shaqiri scored twice against Turkey to become his country’s outright leading goalscorer at major tournaments with seven.

The Liverpool man’s attacking output has been hugely important to Vladimir Petkovic’s side; he has provided 15 shots and chances created combined, a figure only bettered by Netherlands forward Memphis Depay (16).

10. Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen scored a glorious goal / Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

That spectacular goal against Russia was worthy on its own of giving Christensen a place among our highest-ranked players, particularly for the scenes of celebration that followed.

Of course, the Chelsea defender offered much more than a thunderbolt from outside the box: he won back the ball eight times, his duel success rate of 92.3 per cent the highest of anyone to contest more than one in the match (he was involved in 13).

9. Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos
Kroos ran the show against Hungary / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Germany cut things very, very close in their efforts to reach the knockouts as they just avoided defeat to Hungary thanks to Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser.

Kroos certainly did his part in keeping Joachim Low’s side alive; attempting a remarkable 96 passes in Hungary’s half, he also played four accurate crosses. As stated, he leads the way among midfielders for his distribution in the attacking half of the field at these finals (217).

8. Georginio Wijnaldum

EURO 2020 group C"North Macedonia v The Netherlands"
Wijnaldum scores goals for fun at international level / ANP Sport/Getty Images

Goals may have been in short supply in his Liverpool career, but Wijnaldum has embraced a return to a more attacking role at this tournament.

The midfielder scored twice against North Macedonia to move to 25 goals for his country, one more than Dirk Kuyt and the great Marco van Basten. Not a bad return for a man who only scored eight in his first 50 international appearances.

7. Daley Blind

Daley Blind
Blind is still a quality player / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

The Netherlands are beginning to look a force to be reckoned with at these finals, having made it three wins from three in commanding style against North Macedonia.

Blind completed 95 passes in that match, a figure bettered only by five players on matchday three, and he won back the ball 10 times in total in the 3-0 win.

6. Jordi Alba

Jordi Alba
Alba is deadly going forward / Thanassis Stavrakis – Pool/Getty Images

He may have dropped down to sixth, but Alba has enjoyed a strong tournament and, against Slovakia, the rest of the Spain team seemed to catch up to his standards.

He set up Sarabia for a fine goal in that convincing 5-0 win in Seville, with only team-mate Aymeric Laporte (259) having completed more passes than the Barcelona full-back (247) among defenders at these finals.

5. Joakim Maehle

Joakim Maehle, Kasper Hjulmand
Joakim Maehle has stepped up / Friedemann Vogel – Pool/Getty Images

Maehle capped a fine group stage with Denmark’s final goal in the 4-1 thrashing of Russia that secured their place in the knockout phase.

He had more touches (84) and contested more duels (16) than any team-mate in that game, all while delivering five crosses from open play.

4. Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku is the second top scorer / Anton Vaganov – Pool/Getty Images

With three goals in three games, Lukaku is right in the hunt to win the Golden Boot, particularly with De Bruyne now back in the Belgium side.

The Inter forward’s goals have come from just four shots on target, showing just how ruthless a player he continues to be for his country.

3. Lukas Hradecky

Lukas Hradecky
Lukas Hradecky was great – despite Finland being quite poor / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Hradecky’s own goal on matchday three was an unfortunate moment during what has been a fine tournament for the Finland shot-stopper.

The highest-ranked goalkeeper in our list, Hradecky saved 15 of the 17 shots on target he faced, seven of which came against Belgium.

2. Kevin De Bruyne

Denmark v Belgium - UEFA Euro 2020: Group B
KDB has been fantastic / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Manchester City star De Bruyne is now firmly into his stride, playing almost every minute of the 2-0 win over Finland.

In that game, he had 107 touches, attempted 66 passes in the opposition half and created seven chances, one of which was taken by Lukaku. No player at these finals has created more goalscoring chances than De Bruyne (nine in total).

1. Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski scored two against Sweden / Dmitry Lovetsky – Pool/Getty Images

It may come as scant consolation since Poland are out of the competition, but the highest-rated player after matchday three is Lewandowski.

He scored two outstanding goals against Sweden in his side’s 3-2 loss to give them a chance of snatching a place in the last 16, while also contesting a game-high 13 aerial duels in a bid to haul his side through. It was a performance that deserved better than finishing bottom of the group.

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