Euro 2020 comes to an end and Italy maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-2 penalty shootout win over hosts England. Many prevailed as match-winners whereas a lot many had a difficult tournament.
Let’s have a look at the top five underperformers of Euro 2020.
Top 5 Players underperforming in Euro 2020:
5. Joao Felix (Portugal)
After winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, much was expected from Joao Felix by the defending European champions Portugal. Although the skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was leading the team well, the other attackers lacked the cutting edge.
He only featured in the 1-0 defeat to Belgium in the quarterfinals and was an unused substitute in the matches against Hungary and France. Diogo Jota and Bernado Silva were preferred over him and thus, he got very less opportunity.
4. Che Adams (Scotland)
Scotland were one of the underperforming teams and were able to only have one draw in their group D. Their leaky defence and sub-par frontline headed by Che Adams were the main concerns.
After an impressive stint at Southampton, Adams was one of the big stars in the team alongside Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Kieran Tierney and Billy Gilmour. However, they managed to held rivals England in a goalless draw at Wembley.
3. Marcel Sabitzer (Austria)
Leipzig finished at second position in the Bundesliga and Marcel Sabitzer was one of their key players. After scoring some screamers for the German club, he was expected to deliver for Austria.
Even though Austria were one of the sides who were hardly conceding goals, Sabitzer was unlucky finding goals. Much of his efforts rattled the goalpost.
2. Wojciech Szczesny (Poland)
Robert Lewandowski and Szczesny were the most experienced players for Poland and much was expected from both of them. The former scored three goals in the competition whereas the latter became the first goalkeeper to score – unfortunately an own goal!
It was indeed a frustrating season for Poland as they hit the rock bottom in Group E. They drew 1-1 with Spain and then lost 2-3 to Sweden and 1-2 to Slovakia and the goalkeeper Szczesny was misfiring.
1. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)
Turkey were one of the countries that were in good form before the European Championship and were notably the giant killers. However, everything change after the 3-0 thumping by Italy, who eventually became the champions.
Burak Yilmaz‘s splendid goalscoring form for Turkey and for OSC Lille suddenly disappeared in the Euros. They went on to lose the next two matches too – 2-0 to Wales and then 3-1 to Switzerland.
Now, their main focus would be qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Will Yilmaz then rise up to the occasion?
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