The 2016 European Championships is now set for the semi-final stage and Sport360 looks back at the best performers who helped their countries get through the quarter-final phase of the competition.
Here are the players voted by you using valorafutbol.com‘s ranking system who made the best XI.
GOALKEEPER: MANUEL NEUER – GERMANY
Prior to the quarter-final clash with Italy, Manuel Neuer had kept five consecutive clean sheets for Germany. He ended up conceding through a Leonardo Bonucci penalty during the 90 minutes but saved the defenders effort in the shootout where he reigned supreme and was the hero as Germany went through.
DEFENDER: PEPE – PORTUGAL
Despite his antics, Pepe has been among the best defenders at Euro 2016. The fact that he is likely to miss the semi-final clash with Wales comes as a massive blow to Portugal.
Pepe's formidable stats at Euro 2016. Literal beast. pic.twitter.com/fCRpFgz9Ep— ㅤ (@auintieri) July 4, 2016
DEFENDER: ASHLEY WILLIAMS – WALES
With his towering header from Aaron Ramsey’s corner to equalise against Belgium, Ashley Williams became the first Wales player to score in the quarter-finals of a major tournament. And that was just in addition to being an absolute rock at the back yet again.
DEFENDER: NEIL TAYLOR – WALES
The Swansea City left-back has been in inspired form at Euro 2016. He scored his first goal in six years against Russia in the group stages and no defender has created more chances than him in the tournament so far.
Most chances created by a defender so far at #EURO2016:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 5, 2016
Neil Taylor (9)
Ricardo Rodriguez (9)
Nathaniel Clyne (7)
Raphael Guerreiro (6)
DEFENDER: KAMIL GLIK – ICELAND
Iceland may have conceded five goals against France but Kamil Glik still finds his way into this back-line. No player has made more defensive actions than him at Euro 2016 and it’s that form that’s prompted AS Monaco to sign him on a four-year deal.
MIDFIELDER: DIMITRI PAYET – FRANCE
This man is certainly making a case to be named player of the tournament. Dimitri Payet seems to be central to France’s progress and against Iceland, scored a well-hit goal to get his name on the score sheet.
MIDFIELDER: AARON RAMSEY – WALES
The suspended Arsenal man is going to be sorely missed by Wales for their semi-final clash against Portugal. No player has more assists than him at Euro 2016 as he managed to grab two against Belgium.
MIDFIELDER: GARETH BALE – WALES
With Aaron Ramsey out of the picture for Wednesday night’s encounter with Portugal, even more responsibility will rest on the shoulders of Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid player has had a fine tournament so far and managed to terrorise the Belgian back-line in the quarter-finals.
Take-ons completed over 90 minutes:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 1, 2016
Gareth Bale (4)
Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku combined (3) pic.twitter.com/mrmmgeNHJp
MIDFIELDER: JOE ALLEN – WALES
With a pass accuracy of 87% during this tournament, Joe Allen has been crucial to Wales’ progress so far. He was impressive once again during the 3-1 win over Belgium.
MIDFIELDER: RENATO SANCHES – PORTUGAL
The man who will most likely have to combat Allen is Renato Sanches when Portugal take on Wales. The 18 year-old brought a lot of energy to their midfield during the game versus Poland and scored a fine goal as well.
FORWARD: ANTOINE GRIEZMANN – FRANCE
The Atletico de Madrid forward is chasing the Golden Boot as his delightful chipped finish against Iceland took him to the top of the scoring charts with four goals.
The Euro 2016 is now at its semi-final stage, four teams having confirmed their places as the tournament approaches its conclusion.
Previously, YOU the fans voted Xherdan Shaqiri’s bicycle-kick the goal of the round of 16 with a whopping 64% of the votes.
And here, we look at five of the best goals to be scored in the quarter-finals and ask YOU to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page.
RADJA NAINGGOLAN (BELGIUM vs Wales)
Belgium were eliminated from the tournament by an inspired Welsh side in a 3-1 defeat but early signs in the game pointed to a win for Marc Wilmots team. When Radja Nainggolan unleashed a pile-driver from distance, it seemed like it would be Belgium’s night but Wales had a thing or two to say about that.
HAL ROBSON-KANU (WALES vs Belgium)
With the game tied at 1-1, Hal Robson-Kanu produced a fitting tribute to the late, great Johan Cruyff. The Welsh forward latched onto a cross from Aaron Ramsey and despite being sandwiched by Marouane Fellaini and Thomas Meunier, executed a sublime Cruyff-turn before slotting his effort past Thibaut Courtois with perfection.
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (FRANCE vs Iceland)
Iceland’s dream run came to a brutal end at the hands of the host nation and Antoine Griezmann’s brilliant chipped effort to make it 4-0 to France just before half-time put the tie well beyond the inspirational minnows. The Atletico de Madrid forward ran onto a subtle Olivier Giroud flick before calmly lobbing the keeper.
RENATO SANCHES (PORTUGAL vs Poland)
Poland took the lead in the third minute when Robert Lewandowski broke his Euro 2016 duck but Renato Sanches popped up with the equaliser in the 33rd minute. He shifted Nani’s lay-off onto his left foot before drilling it inside the near post, albeit with a little help from a slight deflection.
DIMITRI PAYET (FRANCE vs Iceland)
The West Ham United player has been central to France’s progress at Euro 2016 and it’s no surprise that his was one of the five goals to eliminate Iceland. Dimitri Payet received the ball on the edge of the box and there was no stopping his low drive into the bottom corner.
Tens of thousands of fans turned out in the Iceland capital of Reykjavik to welcome their Euro 2016 heroes back to the country on Monday.
And in truly stirring fashion, supporters and players joined together for the ‘Viking chant’ or ‘huuuuh’ that became so infamous in France as shown in the video above.
An open-top bus parade was also given the players but this was the abiding memory of the players’ return.
With the world watching goings on in Euro 2016, expect this to be churned out around stadiums from this season onwards.