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ESPN FC's Euro 2016 awards

Euro 2016
 By Marco Stein

Alessandro Schopf scores Austria's first and only goal at Euro 2016

Austria's Euro 2016 dream faded on Wednesday, as they conceded a late winner to an Iceland side who booked their place in the round of 16 in dramatic fashion.

Austria coach Marcel Koller opted for a change of formation in his side's last Group F match, going with an offensive 3-4-2-1. The change opened up the Austrian defence, which almost allowed an opener from Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the opening minutes of the match. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson did eventually break through in the 18th minute, highlighting a chaotic and nervy half from Austria.

Koller decided to change back to a 4-5-1 with two half-time substitutions, and suddenly everything was running much more smoothly. Alessandro Schopf's 60th-minute equaliser put his side in a good place, but Iceland's defence held strong and Arnor Traustason hit to make it 2-1 Iceland in stoppage time.

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Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Robert Almer, 6 -- Didn't have a chance on the first goal. He was hardly tested for the rest of the match but was always ready and alert when Iceland attacked.

DF Sebastian Prodl, 4 -- Probably one of the weakest players on the pitch. After a solid performance against Portugal, the Watford defender looked nervous and unfocused. Misplaced many passes on the day.

DF Aleksandar Dragovic, 5 -- Not particularly good, but also not particularly bad. Dragovic seemed confident when he stepped up to the penalty spot but missed at a crucial moment. Confidence was lacking during the rest of the match.

DF Martin Hinteregger, 6 -- Had a horrible start, but improved quite a bit from his centre-back position in the second half. He was more productive as a playmaker and his defensive work was by far the best on the team. 

Alessandro Schoepf
Alessandro Schopf scored Austria's first and only goal at Euro 2016.

MF Florian Klein, 5 -- Largely unimpressive down the right side, both as a winger and a full-back. He was one of the team's weakest spots before the tournament and proved as much against Iceland.

MF Julian Baumgartlinger, 8 -- One of the best players on the pitch once again, he was Austria's undisputed star of the tournament. He came up big with important interceptions, was strong with his passing and his never-ending stamina was a huge help through the midfield. 

MF Stefan Ilsanker, 5 -- Sadly couldn't follow up on his excellent performance against Portugal. His substitution at half-time was truly deserved.

MF Christian Fuchs, 5 -- It took the usual left-back quite some time to gain his footing in this match. Appeared inconsistent and nervous, especially at the beginning, but grew into the game. 

MF Marko Arnautovic, 6 -- One of the bright spots in the first half, but lost impact after the formation changed back to a 4-5-1. Played well through the centre in the first 45 minutes, but largely unable to find his way as a winger in the second. Struggled physically against a strong Iceland defence. 

MF David Alaba, 7 -- His best performance of the tournament. Alaba seemed to be more focused and more careful. His passing accuracy went up, and he appeared to exude much more confidence in tackling than in games prior. He did his best to help support in attack and defence. 

FW Marcel Sabitzer, 6 -- Barely had a chance against the Iceland defence in the first half. He slid out wide to start the second and was able to see more of the ball, but still couldn't break through.


MF Alessandro Schopf, 9 -- Produced one of the best performances in an Austria shirt at the tournament. Together with Baumgartlinger, he caused chaos for an organised Iceland defence.

FW Marc Janko, 6 -- Worked hard and did his best to get his head on crosses. Had one real opportunity, but shot just wide of the goal. 

MF Jakob Jantscher, 6 -- Came on very late but worked hard. Tried to make an impact and create chances, but came up short against a deep and organised defence. 


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