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EURO 16 Player Matchday 2 Review Special – How Did He Do?

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At Fantasyfootballfirst, we pick out the week’s standout fixtures, offering a player-by-player review because of their next two fantastic fixtures. On a one-week punt, Germany’s draw with Poland puts both in a situation where avoiding defeat is a must; meanwhile, the Austria/Portugal stalemate leaves both teams with must-win situations against minnows on the final group game.

Summary

Germany:

  • Did have some good opportunities but outside of Muller there is a lack of goals in the team.
  • Kroos is the fantasy pick here as he is at the heart of everything the Germans do going forward and poses a goalscoring threat too.

Poland:

  • Will feel they could have won the game.
  • Grosicki is a good value option after a fantastic performance here, and Milik is the one being presented with the chances.

Austria

  • Saw Harnik & Alaba in advanced roles but failed to impress.
  • Set pieces should be their main source of goals.

Portugal

  • Nani was an extremely explosive option early on considering Ronaldo’s tendencies to pull wide in a playmaker role.
  • Quaresma and Vierinha on the right flank were workhorse-like but ineffective; Guerreiro is the much more involved option.

Germany

Player Rating
Neuer
Influential. Influential. Good starting positions and distribution and reliable when called upon.
Howedes
­Influential. Got further forward than Hector on the opposite flank and was a threat from set pieces.
Boateng
­Influential. Reliable in defence and comfortable bringing the ball out of defence.
Hummels
Influential. Made some good last ditch tackles and was a threat in the box for set pieces.
Hector
Ordinary. Solid enough performance but offered the least potential points return out of the back four.
Kroos
Explosive. Controlled the midfield in open play, took set pieces and had a few scoring chances. Will be involved in all of Germany’s attacks.
Khedira
Ordinary. Did not break beyond the Polish defensive line very often and was not enough of an attacking threat.
Muller
­ Ordinary. The second game in a row where he has not been presented with enough goalscoring chances.
Ozil
Influential. Had a decent scoring opportunity and was often in space a lot more than Muller, Khedira, Draxler or Gotze.
Draxler
­Ordinary. May have been trying too hard to impress but shooting was wasteful and decision making sometime off.
Gotze
Ordinary. Had one excellent goalscoring chance but was otherwise on the fringes.
Schurrle
­Influential. Was direct, offered more width than Draxler and created a good opportunity for Ozil. Game time still uncertain though.
Gomez
Ordinary. Did not impact the game.

Poland

Player Rating
Fabianski
Influential. Reliable when called upon but may lose place to Szczesny if he recovers from injury in time.
Piszczek
­Influential. Did a good job of keeping Draxler relatively quiet.
Glik
Influential. Reliable in defence.
Pazdan
Influential. Made some great last ditch challenges.
Jedrzejczyk
Ordinary. Did not offer a lot in attack but did his defensive job very well.
Blasczczykowski
Ordinary. Not enough of an attacking threat to be a good fantasy football option.
Krchowiak
Ordinary. Not enough of an attacking threat to be a good fantasy football option.
Maczynski
Ordinary. Not enough of an attacking threat to be a good fantasy football option.
Grosicki
­Explosive. Was excellent at driving at the German defence and created numerous opportunities for his team.
Milik
Influential. This would have been ‘Explosive’ if he more prolific in front of goal. Teams seem to be so pre­occupied with Lewandowski that it is leaving Milik a lot of space – he’s getting enough chances to contend for the Golden Boot.
Lewandowski
Influential. Whilst he is not getting a lot of scoring opportunities he is linking play well and will only need one good opportunity to get off the mark.
Jodlowiec
­Ordinary. Defended well but no attacking threat.
Peszko
Ordinary. Defended well but no attacking threat.
Kaputska
Ordinary. Defended well but no attacking threat.

Austria

Player Rating
Almer
Influential. Started with some dodgy handling but grew into the game and contributed with saves, showing his alertness.
Klein
Ordinary. Didn’t bomb forward because of Quaresma and Ronaldo’s threat.
Prodl
Ordinary. Flawless shift and deserves a spot over the over-aggressive Hinteregger.
Hinteregger
Poor. Conceded the penalty, fouled too heavily throughout and will be pinpointed a weakness by Iceland should he start.
Fuchs
Ordinary. Didn’t contribute in open play due to Quaresma’s threat and had an off day from set pieces too.
Baumgartlinger
Ordinary. Only in Fantasy potential though; his distribution kept attacks flowing while he hustled in defense to reduce the threat of Moutinho.
Ilsanker
Ordinary. Helped Baumgartlinger combat Portugal’s midfield and filled his defensive brief to a tee.
Alaba
Influential. In the no. 10 role, he attempted numerous dribbles from the edge of the area and some dangerous runs into the box – none used by his teammates effectively.
Sabitzer
Ordinary. Pulled wide to create chances but his crossing was poor. Lack of alternatives means he’s likely to start again.
Arnautovic
­Ordinary. Had a good relationship with Fuchs on the left, but was more focused on defending rather than breaking beyond Portugal’s backline.
Harnik
Explosive. He’ll have another day to prove his worth, but early on he looked the most threatening as a targetman in the box.
Wimmer
Ordinary. Came in to see out the game and didn’t disappoint.
Hinterseer
Ordinary. Didn’t play long enough to have an impact.
Schopf
­­Ordinary. Annonymous.

Portugal

Player Rating
Rui Patricio
Ordinary. Delivered when called upon, but unspectacular otherwise.
Pepe
Ordinary. His tactical foul-based game killed Austria’s momentum successfully, but he didn’t threaten enough at the other end of the pitch.
R. Carvalho
Ordinary. Kept to his brief and wasn’t threatening enough at corners.
Vierinha
Influential. The more hardworking of the two fullbacks, but the one with the lesser quality.
Guerreiro
Influential. Helped earn the penalty with a sumptuous cross, but was inconsistent throughout, particularly with dead ball situations.
W. Carvalho
Ordinary. Filled the defensive midfielder position well and didn’t threaten in attack.
Andre Gomes
Ordinary. Attempted to pull wide and create chances, but failed to produce when he had the time and space.
Moutinho
Ordinary. Played a pure creator’s role and didn’t do enough to justify his price tag.
Quaresma
Ordinary. Ran at Austria as much as possible, but failed to produce the moment of magic needed.
Nani
Explosive. Showed great movement in the box as one of the strikers and poses a legitimate goal threat against Hungary.
Ronaldo
­Influential. Tried too much to influence proceedings though and the penalty sums up his form in the tournament so far.
Joao Mario
Ordinary. Didn’t play long enough to influence the game.
Rafa Silva
Ordinary. Had one break at the death that showed potential, but needs more game time.
Eder
Ordinary. Didn’t get enough service in the box.

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