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Holders Spain provide five members of our best XI from the third round of group games with the competition now moving into the knockout stages

The Euro Under-21 Championship continued in Israel as the group stages came to an end, with Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Spain securing their places in the semi-finals.

With some of the sides' progression or elimination already sealed before this round of games, a number of the squads' fringe players were given opportunities to impress in a summer where there is only this tournament and the Confederations Cup to capture football fans' attention.

Here is Goal's Euro Under-21 championship team of Matchday Three, selected in a 4-2-3-1 formation:

GOALKEEPER
DAVID DE GEA
SPAIN

Three games, three wins and no goals conceded - it has been a formidable start to Spain's defence of their European Under-21 title. David de Gea has been excellent in goal throughout the competition and it was no different in Matchday Three as he made four saves on the way to another clean sheet against the Netherlands.

DEFENCE
GIULIO DONATI INIGO MARTINEZ
STEFAN STRANDBERG VEGAR HEDENSTAD
ITALY SPAIN NORWAY NORWAY

Italy's backline has been one of the most consistent at the tournament and Giulio Donati was excellent at right-back in the 1-1 draw with Norway. As well as a solid defensive performance, his cross led to the Italians' late goal.

Real Sociedad stopper Inigo Martinez was in inspired form at the heart of Spain's defence as they picked up another clean sheet, while Stefan Strandberg was a calming influence on Norway's back four after coming on early in the second half before going on to score a vital penalty against Italy.

Vegar Hedenstad was another Norwegian to impress against the Italians. Only the woodwork denied the full-back a rare goal and he provided good support down the left flank.

MIDFIELD
NIR BITON
THIAGO
ISRAEL SPAIN
PATRICK HERRMANN
ALAN DZAGOEV ISCO
GERMANY
RUSSIA SPAIN

Israel went out of the tournament with their pride in tact after a 1-0 victory over England. Nir Biton laid on the winning goal for the hosts and produced an all-conquering display in the middle of the park.

Thiago has undoubtedly been one of the players of the tournament and he was again in fine form as Spain demolished the Netherlands. The Barcelona star, who has been playing in a deeper role, completed 90% of his passes and was involved in starting almost all of Spain's attacks.

Germany did not make it out of the group stages, but Patrick Herrmann was still able to make his mark on the tournament before heading home. The winger scored an opportunistic strike as his side came from behind to win against Russia.

Alan Dzagoev is another player who is heading home with Russia now out, but he netted the opening goal against Germany with a neat one-two and deadly finish from the edge of the box.

Isco has been another of Spain's standout stars in the competition so far and the Netherlands game in Matchday Three was no exception as he once more impressed. His goal was extremely well taken, with an expert first touch and composed finish chipped over the goalkeeper.

ATTACK
ALVARO MORATA
SPAIN


Alvaro Morata had been used as a super-sub to devastating effect for Spain up until Wednesday, but his performances finally persuaded Julen Lopetegui to start with him against the Netherlands.

The coach was rewarded for that decision with the Real Madrid forward turning in an impressive 90-minute performance and scored his side's opening goal to make it three goals in as many appearances.

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