Best XI from Matchday 2.

Goalkeeper: Vyacheslav Malafeev

Made a few really good saves, the best coming early on in the game from a dangerous Polish set piece. He should have done enough to keep Igor Akinfeev out the team when he returns from injury.

Defence: Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Mats Hummels & Theo Gebre Selassie

Despite conceding two goals,Pepe and Coentrão both had very good games. Pepe scored Portugal’s first goal of the tournament and was dominant at the back, making important tackles and and strong headers. Coentrão was just as good and motored down the left flank well, combining with Ronaldo nicely, and providing the assist for Varela’s let winner. Gebre Selassie did a similar job for the Czechs and both goals came from his side of the pitch. Mats Hummels could be best defender in the tournament so far and another excellent performance against Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has gained him many admirers.

Midfield: Andrés Iniesta, Bastian Schweinstieger & Jakub Błaszczykowski

Iniesta was exceptional against Ireland and, while the quality of opposition wasn’t the best, his passing and dribbling really stood out. For me Iniesta has been the player of the tournament so far. Bastian Schweinsteiger has also been great and he dominated the midfield against the Netherlands, providing two assists. Błaszczykowski tireless running was good to see but it was his goal which really stood out, cracking the ball into the corner of the goal from outside the box.

Forwards: Danny Welbeck, Mario Gomez & Fernando Torres

Welbeck worked hard throughout the game and deserved to score England’ winner late in the game. The finish was a great piece of improvisation and is one the goals of the tournament so far. Gomez and Torres both scored two well taken goals each. Torres will gain bags of confidence from his brace and could go on to be one of the stars of the tournament. Both of Gomez’s goals were wonderful finishes and he provides the attacking fulcrum to Germany’s talented midfield.


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