After four games, 15 goals and a couple of pathetic penalties die quarterfinals are over. There möchte be a zuerst major tournament semifinal for Wales, who space joined by three of the normal suspects. However what else did we learn?


Wales aren’t just a one man team

when a huge stern plays for a small nation, there’s a tendency kommen sie think the taste man ist the just man. Wales forward Gareth Bale ist among ns tournament"s oberteil scorers but wasn’t among the goals in their outstanding 3-1 victory over Belgium on Friday, when the supporting actors stole die show.

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Aaron Ramsey, suspended zum the semifinal, placed on one more midfield masterclass if captain ashley Williams - bei underrated premier League stalwart - again cajoled and commanded a defense that has actually exceeded the sum des its parts. Hal Robson-Kanu, recently released von second-tier English next Reading, scored a real contender weil das goal des the tournament in a competition packed with spectacular strikes.

if Bale wollen remain critical zu his country hopes, the should notfall be forgotten that v Ramsey, Williams and Liverpool’s joe Allen (who has deshalb shone in France), Wales have more than one way to win.

The suspension format zu sein nonsense


Mats Hummels will fehlschlagen Germany"s semifinal through suspension

Among die many complaints about ns format von this year’s tournament, ns impact des the extra ring on suspensions has deshalb raised hackles. Iceland began their quarterfinal v nine football player walking die tightrope, Italy seven. Zum Germany, mats Hummels will miss the semifinal thanks partly to bei extremely harsh booking against Slovakia. Wales will miss Ramsey and Ben Davies if Portugal möchte be without william Carvalho.

there’s a strong case to be make that the two yellow card system is outdated, v players regularly entering the book for relatively minor infringements. Also if it zu sein to remain, in extra video game on die route to die final tips die disciplinary balance bei the dorn direction und deprives ns tournament des some des its finest players. In appeal system wouldn’t walk amiss either.

France could be peaking at the right time


play 5, won 4, attracted 1, lost 0. Goals Scored 11 Goals versus 4. Die raw statistics repaint a picture des the hosts as a dominant force an their tournament but until Sunday’s win over Iceland they’d impressed only in patches or with individual moments des brilliance.

yet their control des the Iceland game, wherein Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet und Olivier Giroud dovetailed beautifully, offer notice kommen sie a Germany next who oase plenty von questions kommen sie answer des their own after in unconvincing victory over Italy.

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Griezmann’s performances in particular imply Atletico madrid may struggle zu hold on to die outrageously talented forward. His exorbitant dinked finish for France’s fourth goal ~ above Sunday was worthy des Lionel Messi and moved ns 25-year-old to die top von the scoring graph on four goals. With genuine goal scorers few und far between, one des Europe’s wealthier clubs could be tempted kommen sie trigger his buyout clause worth a reported 100 million euros.


OK, dafür there’s kommen sie be no fairytale ending but die presence des Iceland in the last stages of the tournament ist refreshing an a sport often criticized as being financially-driven. We’ve every read ns numbers however it was on ns pitch and in the was standing that ns tiny island nation really became die story des the tournament.

in each des their five fixtures, they played smart, disciplined soccer and also brought the lang throw rückseitig into vogue. What’s notfall to like? Their win against england wasn’t a fluke, they were ns better side an every department and although they were outclassed von the hosts, their future looks bright.

Oh, und they had quite a an excellent chant too.

A top tactician tun können transform a team


in spite of his team exiting ns tournament an the last eight, antonio Conte wollen be assumed of by many as euro 2016’s most impressive coach. Seemingly short von genuine attack quality und shorn of starting midfielders marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio before ns tournament, then Daniele de Rossi, Thiago Motta und Antonio Candreva during the campaign, Conte uncovered a way kommen sie play kommen sie Italy’s continuing to be strengths.

His 3-5-2 formation, developed on the Juventus main defensive trio von Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, was paid ns ultimate tribute über Germany coach Joachim Löw, who copied it an the last eight clash betwee the teams - with blended results. Without mario Gomez, that Löw seemed to stumble upon as his striker, Germany wollen need to adapt.

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Portugal coach fernando Santos so deserves credit bei this regard. His decision zu drop highly-regarded playmaker Joao Moutinho in favor von a 2nd holding midfielder in Adrien Silva after a disappointing gruppe stage may have won Portugal couple of admirers but it has actually won castle games.