Winning goals in the victories for Spain and Italy mean the Napoli and Real Madrid forwards are named in an impressive XI for Matchday OneThe Euro Under-21 championship in Israel is under way after Spain defeated Russia, Italy beat England and Netherlands edged a thriller against Germany, while the hosts played out an entertaining draw against Norway.
There were a number of standout performers for all eight sides who put themselves forward for recognition, making the first Team of the Round a difficult selection in a tournament that promises to be an exciting one based on the first batch of games.
Here is Goal's Euro Under-21 championship team of Matchday One, selected in a 4-2-3-1 formation:
|DAVID DE GEA
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was not hugely busy in Spain's 1-0 win over Russia, but was one of only two shot-stoppers to keep a clean sheet in Matchday One. He did everything he had to for the holders and will be hoping to remain a reliable presence between the sticks right through to the final.
|GIULIO DONATI||LUCA CALDIROLA
||CRAIG DAWSON||ALBERTO MORENO
Italy may have only defeated England 1-0 but, in reality, the difference between the two sides was much bigger. Giulio Donati provided an attacking threat as well as successfully completing his defensive duties at right-back, while Luca Caldirola was another standout performer in the centre of defence.
At the other end of the pitch, Craig Dawson was the shining light in Stuart Pearce's back four, holding the back-line together under intense Italian pressure while he was also very unfortunate to see a headed goal ruled out for a foul by team-mate Steven Caulker.
Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno was a strong performer for Spain in their win over Russia. He was part of a defensive unit that never looked like conceding a goal and also provided excellent support down the left flank.
||ADAM MAHER||LORENZO INSIGNE
Harmeet Singh may have only played for 15 minutes in Norway's game against Israel, but his strike from outside the penalty area in stoppage-time earned his side a crucial point when defeat had looked certain with them down to 10 men.
He is partnered at the base of our midfield by Germany captain Lewis Holtby, who was inspirational even though his side suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands. With his side two goals behind at the break, the Tottenham midfielder's surging run won a penalty and then an accurate shot from distance levelled the match before the Dutch's late winner.
In the same game, Georginio Wijnaldum scored an excellent solo goal, beating a number of German defenders before firing in a shot that was too hot for goalkeeper Bernd Leno to handle. Adam Maher had earlier opened the scoring.
Italy's Lorenzo Insigne was in fine form against England. Throughout the 90 minutes, the Napoli starlet was his side's main attacking threat and he deserved his status as the match-winner, which was achieved when he curled a super free kick past Jack Butland in the closing stages.
Alvaro Morata may not have been selected to start Spain's game against Russia, but he certainly made his mark after coming on. His glancing header from Thiago's free kick gave the holders a priceless 1-0 win and the striker hit the post moments later in an excellent half-hour appearance.