Unlikely heroes, pass masters and record breakers – best stats of Euro 2020

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    After 51 games in 31 days and 11 cities, ending in a dramatic, gripping finale at Wembley, Euro 2020 is over.

    England fans didn't get the conclusion they wanted, with Italy crowned champions via a penalty shootout, but this takes nothing away from what was a brilliant tournament.

    There were 142 goals, scored at a rate of 2.8 per game – the highest rate of any Euros tournament featuring more than four sides – 27 clean sheets, six red cards and much, much more.

    As the dust begins to settle, BBC Sport looks at some of standout stats from this summer's European Championship.

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    Phillips has come a long way

    Had Euro 2020 taken place in its titular year, it is unlikely that Kalvin Phillips would have been in the England squad, let alone a starter in all seven matches at the tournament.

    But with three years of tutelage under Marcelo Bielsa and a crucial first year in the Premier League completed at Leeds, the 25-year-old has now established himself in Gareth Southgate's side.

    In a tweaked role from the one he fulfils at his club, Phillips brought the supreme fitness and pressing intelligence for which Bielsa's side is renowned, acting in part as a roaming disruptor for his country.

    Most pressing actions at Euro 2020

    According to fbref.com, he was responsible for 229 pressing actions (applying pressure to an opposing player receiving, carrying or releasing the ball). That is 78 more than the next highest – Austria's Konrad Laimer – and nearly double the next highest England player – Mason Mount with 118.

    He was successful with 47 of those pressures – second only to Laimer on 48.

    Phillips also covered the second most distance in the tournament, with his 83km only beaten by Italy's Jorginho (86.6km). He managed an impressive 15km in both the semi-final and the final.

    More impressive, and indicative of the unity of this England side, was the meters he covered straight after the game, to run to comfort Bukayo Saka following his penalty miss.

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    Pass master Pedri

    If we're talking distance per game, both Jorginho and Phillips are behind Spain midfielder Pedri, who was named 'young player of the tournament' for his role in his country's run to the semi-finals.

    The 18-year-old is far more than just a runner, though.

    In a Spain side that attempted the most passes in the tournament (5,051) and had the best completion rate (89.6%), Pedri was the chief conduit.

    The Barcelona player attempted the most passes in an opponent's half in the tournament with 348 and had the third highest completion rate from these passes (91.1%).

    Pass success rate in opposition half at Euro 2020

    Of the 429 passes he completed (sixth overall in the tournament), 65 came from the 66 he attempted in the semi-final against Italy. The only one he failed to complete came in extra time.

    Pedri also became the first European player in major tournament history (World Cup/Euros) to start as many as six such matches at the age of 18 or below.

    The only blot in his copy book came via the helping hand (well, foot) of his own goalkeeper Unai Simon, who allowed his 49.36m backpass to find the Spain net against Croatia in the last 16.

    It was the second longest range goal at a Euros since 1980, behind another strike that came this summer – Patrik Schick's stunning effort against Scotland.

    Speaking of own goals…

    Wrong end

    Pedri's own goal was one of 11 at Euro 2020 – more than all of the previous European Championships combined (9).

    Merih Demiral got the ball rolling right from the off, with his own goal for Turkey against Italy being the first time that the opening goal at a European Championship had come from a player putting the ball in his own net.

    Against Slovakia, Poland's Wojciech Szczesny became the first goalkeeper to score an own goal at a European Championship finals. Slovakia's Martin Dubravka became the second when he punched into his own net in the 5-0 loss to Spain.

    Continuing on the theme of the source of goals, more came from penalties in this summer's tournament (9) than any other previous Euros.

    Most penalties in normal and extra-time at Euro 2020

    Portugal 2-2 France was the first game in the history of the European Championship to see three penalties scored (excluding shootouts).

    Record-breaking Ronaldo

    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was responsible for three of the nine penalties scored at Euro 2020 en route to claiming the golden boot (his one assist seeing him edge out Schick, who also scored five).

    It was a record-breaking Euros for Ronaldo, whose double against Hungary saw him become the first player in European Championship history to score 10+ goals in the competition (11), overtaking Michel Platini's record of nine (all scored in the 1984 edition).

    Most goals by a player at Euros finals

    The match against Hungary was Ronaldo's 39th appearance at a major tournament (World Cup & Euros) for Portugal, an all-time record for a European player, overtaking Bastian Schweinsteiger's 38 appearances for Germany.

    The forward became the first player in European Championship history to appear at five different tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).

    With his two goals against France taking him to 21, the 36-year-old also became the first European player in World Cup and European Championship history to score a combined 20+ goals across the two competitions.

    If Ronaldo is keen to carry on for another four years, and you wouldn't put it past him, there is one record set at Euro 2020 he will have in his sights.

    Goran Pandev's equaliser for North Macedonia against Austria made him the second oldest goalscorer in a European Championship match at 37 years and 321 days, with only Austrian Ivica Vastic (38y 257d) managing to net at an older age in the competition.

    Best of the rest…

    • The Netherlands have been shown more red cards than any other team in European Championship history (4) – two of those came against Czechoslovakia (both in 1976), while the other two came against the Czech Republic, at Euro 2004 and 2020.
    • Luka Modric became the oldest player to score for Croatia at the Euros (35y 286d) – he already holds the record for Croatia's youngest scorer at the tournament (22y 273d versus Austria in 2008).
    • Spain posted an 85% possession figure against Sweden, the best number for a team in a European Championship fixture since 1980 (when Opta started recording this data).
    • Scored after just 81 seconds, Emil Forsberg's opener for Sweden against Poland was the second-fastest goal ever scored from the start of a European Championship match, after Dmitry Kirichenko for Russia v Greece in 2004 (65 seconds).
    • Against Sweden, Ukraine's Artem Dovbyk scored the second-latest goal in European Championship history (120:37), behind Semih Senturk v Croatia in 2008 (121:01), and the latest match-winning strike in the competition, overtaking Michel Platini v Portugal in 1984 (118:53).
    • Italy won their second European Championship title, and first in 53 years. It's the longest ever gap between championships in the tournament by a single nation, surpassing Spain's 44-year wait from 1964 to 2008.
    • At 36y 331d, Giorgio Chiellini became the oldest outfield player to captain a side in the final of the European Championship/World Cup.

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