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Euro 2016: 6 World Class players who failed in the Group Stage

Some players failed to live up to their hype or fans expectations and will be watching the rest duel it out from home.

David Alaba
Alaba failed to carry Austria through to the round-of-16

It’s never been easier to get yourself through to the knockout rounds of the European championships than this year’s edition. With 4 of the best third-placed teams, as well as the top two from each group, moving on, it seemed many of the continent’s best stars would be able to strut their stuff in the do or die games of the Euro 2016 once the groups are over.

However, some of them failed to live up to their hype or fans’ expectations and will be watching the rest duel it out from home. Here are the top 6 players we all expected to help carry their team through, failed.


#1 David Alaba

The Bayern Munich man is a very versatile player and although normally a bit more defensive minded for his club side, he finds himself in a more of a prominent playmaking midfield role with Austria. Within a group of Iceland, Hungary and Portugal, he was expected to help carry his side through what on paper looks a fairly easy group, where instead he along with his team slumped to a bottom-placed finish.

Alaba failed to score a single goal and only provided one assist in this year’s tournament and with an uninspiring passing accuracy of just 75% and only half of his shots on target, he can count this tournament as one to forget.

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