With the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 having come to a close, it's time pick the best eleven of the round.
Let's start with the team:
Rui Patricio made a brilliant save on Jakub Blaszczykowski's penalty and allowed Ricardo Quaresma to send them to the last four. Even though Patricio allowed an early goal when Lewandowski's early shot went in, there was nothing the keeper could have done to save it.
Thomas Meunier was maybe the only Belgian player who performed well in their 3-1 defeat against Wales. Belgium's elimination from the competition came as a big surprise as they were expected to reach the final stage of the competition.
Kamil Glik and the Poland defence did a good job except the Portuguese equalizing goal. Glik was ever-present in the defence keeping away the Portuguese attachers, making interceptions, tackles and fouling intelligently.
The same thing can be said about the Portuguese defence and their main man Pepe. Except the first minutes of the game when Poland scored the opening goal, Pepe made an excellent game with crucial interventions, being always on the right place.
Artur Jedrzejczyk is a constant presence in Poland's team, he made good runs to support Grosicki whenever it was possible and in the same time he had much to do in defence but he coped well with the job.
Pepe celebrating after victory over Poland(Source: guim.co.uk)
Renato Sanches is an obvious choice for a place our best eleven, he was the heart of the Portuguese team. He scored a magnificent goal, after an impressive combination with Nani. Despite his young age, it's clear he can hold the midfield and he can play well under pressure. He kept his calm and scored a goal in the penalty shootout.
Aaron Ramsey had an excellent display in Wales' historical victory over Belgium, which sent Wales into the semi finals. Unfortunately for Ramsey he will not play against Portugal as he received his second yellow card in the competition and this was the only mistake he made, in an otherwise perfect game for him.
Dimitri Payet made another good performance for his country in their convincing 5-2 victory over Euro surprise Iceland. He scored a great goal right before half-time and set up France's fifth goal with an excellent cross.
Gareth Bale did not score or made an assist this game but he definitely was one of the best on the pitch, he was a constant threat to Belgium, whenever he had the ball he was dangerous. If it wouldn't have been for Courtois inspiration he probably would have scored.
Ramsey in Wales vs Belgium(Source: espnfc.com)
For the forward positions we have to go with France, both Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud had a perfect night.
Griezmann set up the second and third goal for France before scoring himself a beautiful goal. He continued his excellent recent form making him the favourite for the competition's Golden Boot.
Giroud was the one that scored the first goal of the game and the fifth one. Giroud was rewarded for his perseverance against the Irish when he had done everything but score. He also assisted Griezmann for his goal.
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Euro 2016 team of the quarter-finals
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