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Player Barometer: Payet cements No1 spot

While Dimitri Payet consolidated his position at the head of the SOCAR Player Barometer on Wednesday, the equally impressive Marek Hamšík rose to second after starring for Slovakia.

France's man of the moment, Dmitri Payet
France's man of the moment, Dmitri Payet ©Getty Images

The SOCAR Player Barometer is updated live during matches and provides an up-to-the-minute form guide at the finals. 

SOCAR Player Barometer – biggest movers, 15 June*

  • Dimitri Payet, France 1st (=)
    Payet received his second man of the match award after another inventive display in which he doubled the hosts' lead. Forty-one of his 54 passes found their target, 22 of them in the final third. The former Marseille playmaker troubled Albania with set pieces and conjured six chances for team-mates in Les Bleus' 2-0 win. Over the 90 minutes at Stade Vélodrome, he supplied an impressive 17 crosses.
  • Marek Hamšík, Slovakia 2nd (+14)
    Hamšík was man of the match as Slovakia beat Russia 2-1, scoring one goal and setting up the other. He completed 41 of 52 passes, managed three shots and two dribbles. He also contributed defensively in the second half, with six blocks or tackles.
  • Granit Xhaka, Switzerland 21st (+23)
    Xhaka again showed what Arsenal fans can expect from their new signing with another excellent performance. The erstwhile Basel and Borussia Mönchengladbach man fashioned three opportunities and landed 95 of his 108 attempted passes. His winning of four aerial duels and two interceptions helped make him the third-ranked central midfielder in the Player Barometer.
  • Vlad Chiricheş, Romania 87th (+82)
    The Romania captain was solid in the Tricolorii's 1-1 draw against Switzerland, executing six clearances, three interceptions, two blocks and as many tackles.

*Rankings correct prior to any fixtures taking place on 15 June. The Player Barometer updates live during games.

How it works
The UEFA EURO 2016 Player Barometer tracks players' form in the lead-up to, and during, the tournament. The Barometer runs official player statistics through a specially-designed algorithm to create rankings based on player performances.

Player data from qualifying formed the initial basis for the rankings, which have taken into account performances for club and country since 1 January 2016. This gave a unique and comprehensive evaluation of players' form for when UEFA EURO 2016 kicked off. Now the Barometer tracks which players are excelling in the tournament itself.

As the Barometer acts as a form tracker, the more recent the match, the higher the weighting assigned to the data i.e. player stats from yesterday are afforded more significance than those from the previous week. If a player is not active (e.g. due to injury or non-selection), his ranking will decrease over that period of inactivity.