Euro 2012 Results: Biggest Scapegoats for Crushing Losses
As the group stage of Euro 2012 concluded, eight teams and many star players were sent home.
Even though their overall records did not allow them a pass into the quarterfinal round, each team had their own players who individually performed well. These players are now part of a disappointed All-Star group.
Despite their Euro dreams being cut short, many of these players can grow and learn from their outstanding performances.
Here are three players whose teams did not make it to the quarterfinals, but who should not be disappointed in themselves.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again showed why he is considered one of the best strikers in the world.
Despite his team's disappointing finish, Sweden's captain performed very well. He scored two goals and created havoc for defenses by creating a lot of shots on goal for not only himself but his teammates as well.
His height gives him an advantage to win every head ball, and his lofty touch allows him to place the ball wherever he wants. The 29-year-old should not be discouraged by his outing in the Euro 2012 Championships, but should use it as a launchpad to keep getting better.
Alan Dzagoev, Russia
After opening with a 4-1 beatdown of Czech Republic, Russia looked to be a major force to contend with.
However, their momentum quickly vanished after their losses to Poland and Greece. While their offense and team seemed to melt down, Alan Dzagoev did not.
The 22-year-old scored three goals in three matches and put on an exceptional display of his talent. He certainly proved his value to the team.
Dzagoev is young and just beginning his international career. He will look to be a big, bright star for the Russians in the future, and he can start by building off his Euro 2012 performance.
Shay Given, Ireland
Ireland may be disappointed by their Euro 2012 finish, but they can take away one positive aspect.
Goalkeeper Shay Given may be getting past his prime, but he is still a force in the net. He continued to make save after save and gave Ireland a fighting chance in every match.
The 36-year-old displayed his incredible reflexes and mentality to know where opposing players were going to strike. His save on David Silva from point-blank range is easily considered one of the best in the entire tournament.
Despite not making it into the quarterfinals, Ireland can still say they have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
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