As the veil went down on a one-month spectacle that saw 142 goals scored in 51 matches, Italy ended a 53-year wait for the Euro 2020 title by defeating England 3-2 on penalties.
There have been many outstanding performances along the road, but some of the players we expected to shine throughout the Euros have faltered, with the competition producing some major upsets.
On that note, let’s take a look at the 11 Players who failed to perform well in Euro 2020
Manuel Neuer did not make any notable blunders, but the German Goalkeeper was surprisingly sloppy, surrendering seven goals in Germany’s four games at Euro 2020.
The World Cup champion failed to maintain a single clean sheet in the tournament, conceding twice to Hungary, and had an otherwise forgettable campaign. Neuer is expected to remain in the squad for next year’s World Cup, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Bernd Leno will undoubtedly make a case for their selection.
Matthijs De Ligt
Matthijs De Ligt, perhaps one of the finest young defenders in the world, struggled to live up to the hopes of Dutch supporters when his country was eliminated by the Czech Republic. De Ligt was sent off in the Round of 16 match for handling the ball under duress as Patrick Schick raced through on goal.
De Ligt’s blunder cost the Netherlands heavily as the Czech Republic went on to win 2-0, capitalizing on their one-man superiority.
Mario Fernandes was projected to be a shining star for Russia in Euro 2020. However, the Russian right-back, who also played right-midfield at times, came up empty as the Russians were eliminated from the group stage.
In addition, Fernandes was pulled off midway through the first half of his country’s lone win, a 1-0 victory over Finland, following a dangerous-looking tumble that thankfully caused no long-term harm to his spine.
Domagoj Vida didn’t have the finest campaign, and he was primarily accountable for some of Croatia’s goals. McGregor’s first international goal came as a result of his poor clearing against Wales during the group stage match.
Vida was at mistake in the Round of 16 encounter against Spain, when he allowed winger Ferran Torres to glide past him far too easily, allowing him to score with a clean finish.
Patrick Van Aanholt
Patrick Van Aanholt started all four games for the Netherlands in the championship but had little effect. Although Aanholt was chosen over Owen Wijndal, he did not perform well enough to validate his selection.
The former Crystal Palace player is noted for his brisk offensive runs down the left flank, and he has a propensity for setting up goals. However, in 300 minutes of action at Euro 2020, he disappointed as he accomplished nothing and only completed one tackle.
Aaron Ramsey, regrettably for Wales, did not put in the huge performances that they required in order to replicate their exploits from Euro 2016.
Given his two seasons at Juventus, it was simple to see Ramsey was out of form, and he was anything but that this summer when Wales were eliminated in the last-16 by Denmark. Ramsey should have had much success against Turkey, but he only found the back of the goal once, and Wales’ key player was strangely quiet.
Grzegorz Krychowiak was the very first player to be sent off at Euro 2020. In Poland’s first match against Slovakia, Krychowiak earned his second yellow card in the 62nd minute.
As Jakub Hromada looked to burst away on the counter-attack, the veteran midfielder drew him back. This was a costly error on his part since his red card shifted the game’s dynamics. The momentum shifted back in Slovakia’s favor as they won a vital 2-1 match against Poland.
Bruno Fernandes was a huge disappointment at Euro 2020, suffering a terrible performance. Fernandes was supposed to be one of the most prominent players at Euro 2020, but he was a huge failure for Portugal, and he was benched after the first two group games.
Despite having a fantastic season at Manchester United, where he guided them to second place in the Premier League, he failed to make an impact on Portugal, who were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Belgium.
Eden Hazard, the Real Madrid sensation, has only started two games for Belgium due to injuries. Hazard was anticipated to provide strong performance at the tournament, but he failed to deliver.
Hazard was forced to withdraw from the Quarter-final match against Italy due to a hamstring injury, which Belgium eventually lost 2-1.
With the memories of the 2018 World Cup still strong, the scene was ready for Kylian Mbappe to be the center of attention at Euro 2020. However, Mbappé was the biggest letdown, having failed to score in any of Les Bleus’ four matches. By his high standards, the PSG superstar had a disappointing tournament, squandering many clear-cut chances.
To add insult, to sorrow, Mbappe subsequently missed the game-winning penalty against Switzerland in the Round of 16 encounter, as the World Champions were dumped out of the Euros without a fight.
Serge Gnabry played all three group phase matches for Germany, although he didn’t score or assist in any of them.
Gnabry was supposed to thrive at Euro 2020, with Germany’s world-class midfield providing him with ample assistance upfront, but the Bayern Munich striker failed to make the impression that Germany coach Joachim Löw had hoped for.