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Three underrated players at Euro 2016

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After much anticipation, Euro 2016 is firmly underway, and it hasn't disappointed.

The competition has delivered some edge of the seat action, with each of the 24 teams having completed all their group stage games.

The Euros showcase some of the biggest names in world football, and some of them have certainly stepped up to the plate. Apart from some big stars, several players have delivered consistently helping their sides in crucial ties.

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With the group stages done and the knockout rounds incoming, it's time to look back at the tournament so far, and here we take a look at three of the most underrated players at Euro 2016.

Juanfran (Spain)

Numerous football fans and pundits alike have been extremely impressed with Spain so far in the competititon. 

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La Roja have passed teams out of the park with their famous 'tiki-taka' brand of football.

With much of the emphasis on scoring and creating goals, one particular individual has gone somewhat unnoticed, and that man is Juanfran.

Spain have been exceptional defensively coming into the competition, conceding just three goals in the entire qualifying campaign, and Juanfran has been key to that.

Spain v Turkey - Group D: UEFA Euro 2016

The Atletico Madrid player is as good as tracking opposition runners as he is as supplementing the attack.

Juanfran's footballing knowledge goes under the radar, but he is absolutely key for both club and country.

Ivan Perisic (Croatia)

Another player who has impressed from Group D is Croatia's Ivan Perisic.

The Inter Milan attacker has been in stunning form for his national side at the European Championship so far, scoring twice and assisting another.

Croatia v Spain - Group D: UEFA Euro 2016

It was Perisic's late goal that proved decisive, as Croatia finished top of Group D, beating favourites Spain 2-1 in Bordeaux.

With Luka Modric ruled out due to an injury, Perisic had a greater responsibility against Spain in terms of unlocking opposition defences, and he didn't disappoint.

The 27-year-old averages a healthy three shots per game, and is vital to Croatia's hopes of going far in the competition.

Neil Taylor (Wales)

Wales have arguably been the team of the group stage.

Appearing in their first major tournament in 58 years, the Welsh side have topped Group B, ahead of the likes of England and Russia.

Russia v Wales - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

One player that has been instrumental in Wales' success is Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor.

The former Manchester City youth player enjoys a slightly advanced wing-back role in the national side, and it's a role he seems to relish.

Taylor scored a crucial goal against Russia in the final group game, ensuring a relatively easier draw for Chris Coleman's side in the knockout stages.

Averaging a shot per game and with no yellow cards so far, Taylor's experience has been key in tough games.

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