In what seems like the blink of an eye, the first round offixtures are done and dusted.
It feels like the tournament is slowly gathering some momentum after a sluggish start in quite a few of the matches that made you wonder whether it was worth switching your TV on before half-time.
Not too many games have offered major drama – Holland vsbeing an honourable exception – but the likes of , Portugal, Belgium, and England have shown their class.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the stars of the opening round of Euro 2020 group matches
But the whole of matchday one was overshadowed by Christian Eriksen’s horror cardiac arrest on the pitch during Denmark’s game with Finland.
Thankfully Eriksen is on the mend but for an anxious couple of hours football feared the worst and surely the whole tournament would have been brought to a halt.
We take a look back at those first 12 matches and select a team of the top performers.
Danny Ward (Wales)
Wales were far from their best as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opener on Saturday but after Kieffer Moore equalised it was keeper Danny Ward who saw them over the line with several crucial saves.
The point could yet prove decisive for Wales, who were semi-finalists at Euro 2016, but stern tests against Turkey and Italy still await them as they try and reach the knockout phase.
Danny Ward makes a crucial save to ensure Wales drew their Euro opener with Switzerland
Denzel Dumfries (Holland)
In the most entertaining contest of the tournament to date, it was defender Denzel Dumfries who spared Holland embarrassment against Ukraine.
Seemingly coasting to victory at 2-0 up with 15 minutes to play, the Dutch conceded twice in quick succession to silence the Amsterdam crowd.
But PSV Eindhoven right-back Dumfries, at his first tournament, headed home Nathan Ake’s cross five minutes from time to win it and cap a strong personal performance.
Defender Denzel Dumfries was Holland’s hero in a rollercoaster opener against Ukraine
Simon Kjaer (Denmark)
The Danish captain was one of the heroes of the awful Christian Eriksen episode on Saturday night.
Realising immediately that his team-mate was in serious trouble after collapsing to the pitch, Kjaer rushed over, stopped Eriksen swallowing his tongue and started the CPR process.
He then asked his colleagues to form a ring around Eriksen so television cameras couldn’t intrude on the life-saving treatment being administered by the medical team.
Kjaer even comforted Eriksen’s distraught partner, Sabrina Kvist, who had come down onto the pitch. An extraordinary example of leadership.
Denmark captain Kjaer was one of the heroes of the hour after Christian Eriksen’s collapse
Kjaer even comforted Eriksen’s distraught partner Sabrina Kvist during the traumatic incident
Milan Skriniar (Slovakia)
The Inter Milan defender put in a performance of all-round excellence as Slovakia stunned Poland in their Group E opener.
Defensively he made 10 clearances, three interceptions and two blocks to keep Robert Lewandowski and Co at arm’s length.
And then he popped up to smash home Slovakia’s winner 21 minutes from time and ensure they fully capitalised after Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak was sent off.
Milan Skriniar was Slovakia’s hero as they stunned Poland in their Group E opener
Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy)
The star of the show on the tournament’s opening night, Roma left-back Spinazzola offered plenty both defensively and in support of Italy’s attack in his home stadium.
His overlapping runs of Lorenzo Insigne left the Turkish defence in two minds every time and eventually Italy’s relentless pressure paid off in a comfortable 3-0 win.
Italy left-back Leonardo Spinazzola (right) was excellent as they overcame Turkey 3-0
Kalvin Phillips (England)
Raheem Sterling was UEFA’s official ‘Star of the Match’ as England began their campaign with a 1-0 win over Croatia but the man who set up his winning goal was more deserving.
Phillips was exceptional in the England midfield, helping to keep Luka Modric quiet and then stepping forward to supply the assist for Sterling’s goal.
All the talk about Jordan Henderson coming back into the England side when fully fit has disappeared. There’s no reason why Gareth Southgate wouldn’t stick with the Leeds man now.
Kalvin Phillips was excellent in England’s midfield as they made a winning start against Croatia
Paul Pogba (France)
After a largely positive season with Manchester United, Pogba has carried his good form into the tournament as France aim to add the Euros to their 2018 World Cup success.
He oozed class as they made the ideal start in a difficult fixture with Germany, combining well with N’Golo Kante and spraying passes all over the place.
Pogba was so effective for France that it appeared Germany defender Antonio Rudiger tried to take a bite out of his back!
Paul Pogba produced an all-action performance in midfield as France beat Germany 1-0
David Alaba (Austria)
Alaba plays a more advanced midfield role for his country and this enabled him to be a driving force in Austria’s opening 3-1 win over North Macedonia.
He completed 90 per cent of his passes, won seven aerial duels, ran over 10km and delivered the perfect cross for Michael Gregoritsch to restore their lead.
It must have excited Real Madrid fans, with Alaba due to sign for them on a free transfer.
Austria’s David Alaba was a stand-out player as they started with a win over North Macedonia
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
It may have taken most of the game, but Cristiano Ronaldo made his record-breaking impact in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary.
His 87th minute penalty made him the top scorer in European Championship history, overtaking France’s Michel Platini on nine goals, and No 11 arrived in stoppage time.
Ronaldo is now just three goals shy of Iran’s Ali Daei on the all-time international goalscorers’ list and you’d back him to overtake that during this tournament as Portugal defend their crown.
Cristiano Ronaldo steps around Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi to score Portugal’s third goal
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
After a club season in which his 30 goals helped Inter Milan win Serie A, Romelu Lukaku has already made an explosive start at Euro 2020.
Belgium’s 3-0 win over Russia was one of the easier ones of the opening matchday with Lukaku netting twice to reward a thoroughly professional performance.
Lukaku shouted ‘Chris, Chris, I love you’ in front of a TV camera in a touching moment with the game played just a few hours after Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.
Romelu Lukaku was outstanding as he scored twice in Belgium’s easy 3-0 win over Russia
Patrik Schick (Czech Republic)
The goal of the tournament could well have been settled already after Patrik Schick’s astonishing 49.7 yard lob of Scotland’s David Marshall.
It was a stunning piece of opportunism and the longest goal ever recorded in a Euro finals. It was also Schick’s second of the game after his header just before half-time silenced the raucous Hampden crowd.
The brace ensured the ideal start to the tournament for the Czech Republic and left Scotland with it all to do.
Patrik Schick scored an outrageous goal from 49.7 yards to seal the Czech’s victory
It’s only correct to praise English referee Anthony Taylor for his handling of the Christian Eriksen incident on Saturday night.
Taylor’s quick reactions to summon the Danish team doctors onto the field could well have saved Eriksen’s life and he did everything to the letter by keeping the two benches informed and ultimately leading the players off the field.
The quick-thinking of referee Anthony Taylor helped save Christian Eriksen’s life on Saturday
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