Euro 2016 Matchday 1: Who’s Caught the Eye?

With all 24 teams at Euro 2016 having played their opening matches, here are the players that have caught the eye in the first round of fixtures.

Dimitri Payet

Following his excellent debut season at West Ham, much was expected of Payet heading into this tournament. He delivered in the opening game with a stunning strike to seal all three points for France against Romania. Throughout the game his dynamism and skill gave France the slight edge over Romania in what was a tighter affair than expected. West Ham will be bracing themselves for a huge bid should he continue like this.

Bartosz Kaputska

The youngest player in the Poland team, Kaputska shone in his tournament debut against Northern Ireland. Regularly he added purpose to the Poland attack and helped prevent Northern Ireland from creating anything too threatening. If he is to keep up the form he showed in the opener, it is high unlikely that he will be starting next season in the Polish Ekstraklasa.

Wes Hoolahan

Nicknamed the ‘Irish Messi’, Hoolahan somewhat lived up to that name with a superb strike in the 1-1 draw with Sweden. Throughout he was vibrant and added a flair that the Irish are perhaps not known for. At 34, this is potentially his final tournament for Ireland. So far, he’s taking advantage of that fact.

Emanuele Giaccherini

In stark contrast to what Premier League fans are used to, Giaccherini put in a fantastic performance as Italy shocked many by beating Belgium. He was often the man to break out counter attacks, drive Italy forward and crucially he netted the opener in the game. Sunderland may reconsider letting him go this summer.

Toni Kroos

Kroos proved once again why is he regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world with a controlled performance against Ukraine. The Ukrainians did have chances of their own, but it always appeared Germany were in control of the flow of the game. That dominance stemmed from the midfield tenacity of Kroos. He will need another strong performance this Thursday when Germany meet Poland.

Tamas Kadar

Once of Newcastle, Kadar was a key figure as Hungary continued the tournament’s early shocks with a victory over Austria. Along with fellow full-back Attila Fiola, Hungary thwarted Austria for the first hour before Adam Szalai gave them the lead. In the final thirty minutes, Hungary professionally saw out the game as they earned a victory that makes Group F impossible to call.