Madrid shows its chest in the Euro

The eight madridistas present at the Eurocup enter the round of 16 phase. Modric will face Spain on Monday 28, while Kroos will play one of the European Classics against England


Once the first phase of the Eurocup has concluded, the eight Real Madrid players who are contesting the European tournament with their national teams have accessed the knockout rounds: Courtois and Hazard (Belgium), Benzema and Varane (France), Kroos (Germany) , Modric (Croatia), Bale (Wales) and Alaba (Austria) will start from Saturday 26 to look for a place in the quarterfinals of the tournament. In addition, so far, four of these players (Modric, Benzema, Bale and Alaba) have been chosen MVP in one of the matches in which they have participated.

The first to enter the fray in the round of 16 is the Welshman Gareth Bale. He will do it on Saturday 26 against Denmark in Amsterdam (6:00 p.m.). The Red Dragons captain has started in the three games his team has played so far (he has played 266 minutes in total: he was substituted in the loss to Italy). He has not yet made his debut facing the rival goal (he has shot six times, but only twice on goal), although he gave two assists in the victory against Turkey (2-0, but missed a penalty). In that meeting he was elected MVP of the match. He has suffered six fouls and made 45 correct passes out of 65 (68% effective) .

Austrian David Alaba will be the second Real Madrid player to appear in the knockout phase. The also captain of the Central European team will do it against Italy, one of the favorites of the tournament on the same day 26. Both teams will meet at Wembley, London, starting at 9:00 p.m. Alaba has played every possible minute with his team. Like Bale, he has two assists (against Ukraine and North Macedonia, where he was elected MVP of the match), has given 212 passes out of 252 attempts (83% effectiveness, and has recovered 22 balls (an average of 7.3 balls per game). He committed a penalty on the Dutchman Dumfries.

Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard will star in an intense duel against Portugal on Sunday 27 (Seville, La Cartuja stadium, 9:00 pm). The Belgians, who are the first classified in the FIFA rankings, face the reigning European champions for a place in the quarterfinals. Courtois has played all three Los Diablos Rojos games (270 minutes), with a single conceded goal and two clean sheets. He has made seven saves so far and a passing accuracy of 91% (88 good out of 97 attempted). For his part, Hazard has participated in 139 minutes. The Belgian has been adding minutes since he was just 18 in the Belgian debut in the tournament against Russia. He played just over 30 minutes against Denmark and the entire game against Finland. He has given an assist, recovered five balls and has a passing accuracy of 81% (84 good of 99 tried) .

Luka Modric, one of the great protagonists of Croatia's triumph over Scotland in the last match of the first phase of chess, will face the Spanish team on Monday at the Parken in Copenhagen (6:00 pm). The Croatian, captain of the Vatreni, was chosen MVP in the match that his team tied against the Czech Republic. He has played 270 minutes, the integrity of his team, has scored a great goal (against Scotland with the outside), has recovered 10 balls and given an assist: he has given 209 good passes out of 230 attempted (91% accuracy in the pass) .

Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane will meet Switzerland on Tuesday 29. If they beat the Helvetians, they would meet the Spanish in the quarterfinals, if Luis Enrique's team beat Croatia. So far, the two have been fixed on Didier Deschamps' eleven. The first, one of the characters of the tournament to be called up again after five years of absence, was the main protagonist of the match against Portugal by scoring the two goals for Les Bleus (he was elected MVP of the match). He has shot three times over the rival goal in the entire tournament, seven in total, in 255 minutes, with 89 passes made of 102 attempted (87% effectiveness). For his part, Varane has played the 270 minutes forming a couple with Kimpembe in the axis of the French rear. He has recovered 17 balls and completed 10 clearances. He has only missed 10 passes in the entire tournament (211 of 221, 95% pass accuracy) .

The last to appear in this quarter round is Toni Kroos. The German midfielder will play against England at Wembley on Tuesday, June 29, starting at 9:00 p.m., the last pass to the quarterfinals. The German has played every minute of the Mannschaft throughout the tournament. He has not scored or given any assistance, but he is the metronome of the Löw game: he has given 288 passes of 314 attempts (92% efficiency) and has recovered 18 balls (an average of six per game) .

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