Stock up, stock down for players at EURO 2016

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The group stages of EURO 2016 are through, and it’s time to assess who defied expectations and who failed to reach theirs.

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Michael McGovern, Northern Ireland — Sixteen saves in three matches? Pretty, pretty good.

Aaron Ramsey, Wales — Gareth Bale deservedly gets love for scoring in all three games of the group stage, but Ramsey was a lion.

Nani, Portugal — While Ronaldo broke through with authority in the final match, Nani’s goal in the opening draw against Iceland may’ve saved Portugal’s tourney.

Ivan Perisic, Croatia — Hard to put him here without his partner-in-Ivan, but the midfielder has been dynamite.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Ivan Perisic of Croatia celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Croatia and Spain at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 21, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)


Harry Kane, England — Sure they asked him to take corner kicks, but Kane was not the man we saw all of last year.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden — For a lion, he went out like a lamb.

Yehven Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine — Dangerous attackers showed little, as Ukraine was blanked in France.

Austria — From dark horse of the tournament to blacked out from the knockout rounds.