🇪🇺 The Best XI from Day Six

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Alex Mott

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Day Six of the European Championships threw up some more memorable encounters with Russia, Wales and Italy all getting wins.

Here’s our best XI from the matches in St Petersburg, Baku and Rome.

GK: Lukas Hradecky (Finland)

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He may well have been on the losing side today but Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was sensational between the posts as his side went down bravely 1-0 to Russia.

RB: Leandro Spinazzola (Italy)

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Yes, we’re fully aware he’s not a right-back but we simply had to fit Leandro Spinazzola into out team.

The Italy full-back was once again excellent here at the Stadio Olimpico, running Mo Farah-levels of distance in the 90 minutes.

CB: Igor Diveev (Russia)

Solid all afternoon, Igor Diveev was the equivalent of a match-winner in the second half as he made game-saving tackles on Joel Pohjanpalo and Teemu Pukki.

CB: Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)

A veteran of this side and of tournament football, Leonardo Bonucci played with all the vim and vigour of a teenager and defended against the Swiss like his life depended on it.

LB: Ben Davies (Wales)

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A heroic performance down the left-hand side from the Tottenham man, who won 100 per cent of his aerial duels and all of his tackles.

RM: Alexei Miranchuk (Russia)

Alexei Miranchuk’s first half finish against Finland this afternoon will surely go down as one of the goals of the tournament.

An impish left foot finish that arched over the goalkeeper and nestled perfectly into the top corner – a thing of beauty.

CM: Manuel Locatelli (Italy)

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In the side because of injury to Marco Verratti, Manuel Locatelli grasped his chance of a start with both hands and was quietly excellent all evening long, topping it off with a brilliant brace.

CM: Aaron Ramsey (Wales)

When Wales needed a hero, Aaron Ramsey stepped up to the plate.

His goal just before half-time gave Rob Page’s men a vital lead with the Juventus man showing his class throughout.

LM: Domenico Berardi (Italy)

This really could have been any of Italy’s front players but we’ve opted for the Sassuolo man. Always looking for the ball, always testing his full back and always playing with his head up.

ST: Gareth Bale (Wales)

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He may have missed a penalty but in some ways that added to this remarkable performance.

Wales. Wales.Wales. In that order.

ST: Breel Embolo (Switzerland)

With very little service and feeding off scraps, Breel Embolo was a brilliantly willing runner tonight, fighting for every ball and using his physicality well to try and get the Swiss back in the game.