Prem Watch: Matchday 3 of Euro 2024

The knockout stages are beckoning! 16 teams have prevailed, and 8 teams have gone home. It's been a great tournament so far, with surprises and shocks in every group. Here are 5 Premier League players who have shone in this third matchday of Euro 2024.
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1. Che Adams (Southampton/Scotland)

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Che Adams put in an ineffective and lacklustre performance against Hungary as Scotland crashed out of Euro 2024. He simply did not bring his shooting boots to Germany. His next task will be helping Southampton avoid relegation next season but if he continues putting in performances like that, Saints fan should not get their hopes up.

2. Mateo Kovacic (Manchester City/Croatia)

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Kovacic is a largely underrated figure in Croatia's midfield. Of course, anyone would feel forgotten if they were midfield partners with Luka Modric. Nevertheless, Kovacici put in a valiant effort as Croatia held a 1-0 lead against Italy. Despite that, Croatia's manager subbed Kovacic off. This left Croatia without a strong midfield presence, and that allowed Italy to equalise in the 98th minute and send Croatia out of the tournament.

3. Cody Gakpo (Liverpool/Netherlands)

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Cody Gakpo is a great player... when played on the wing. He was a dangerous player all game for the Netherlands in their game against Austria. His goal was well-struck, putting his team in a good position for a potential win. However, Gakpo's efforts were to be in vain as Austria shocked the footballing world and won 3-2, topping their group in the process. The Dutch still hope to win Euro 2024, but they must improve.

4. Cole Palmer (Chelsea/England)

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Cole Palmer cast off the shackles of Pep Guardiola and signed for Chelsea, scoring over 20 goals in his first full season as a professional footballer. He was rewarded with an England call-up, but Southgate seemingly refused to play him. It's an unfortunate feature of tournament football that some of the best players of the past season can become unused backups for their national team. Of course, Southgate can't be blamed for preferring Bukayo Saka over Palmer. However, in England's dreadful 0-0 draw with Slovenia, Southgate decided to throw caution to the wind and give Palmer 20 minutes in the side. Palmer performed well, but his only real shot was a tame one into the arms of Jan Oblak. Still, he showed initiative, something which seemed illegal in a Gareth Southgate side. Will Southgate play Palmer in the round of 16? Unfortunately, all signs point to no, but what's wrong with a little hope?

5. Jeremy Doku

Jeremy Doku
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Doku seemed to be the only one trying as Belgium trudged into the knockout stages via a goalless draw with Ukraine. He was dynamic and direct and always seemed willing to take a risk, even if it did not amount to anything. Belgium will need Doku to be at his best for the round of 16 knockout game against France, or they might have to say goodbye to their golden generation once and for all.

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