The Swede Emil Forsberg celebrates the team’s first goal against Poland with his teammate Ludwig Augustinsson in the St. Petersburg Stadium. – Pool via Reuters

75 ‘Krychowiak sees the referee for a late foul against Olsson. In the meantime, Spain have defeated Slovakia 5-0. Wowza!

61 ‘GOAL! LEWANDOWSKI’S 11TH GOAL IN HIS LAST 13 STARTS AND THIS IS A SCREAMER FROM 20 YARDS ON THE LEFT. Lewandowski, and only Lewandowski, could have done this.

59 ‘Forsberg hits the top scorer list again. A shot with the right foot pretty much sealed the deal this time around. Kulusevski comes off the bench and breaks into a sweeping run over the right side in the counterattack of the hosts before feeding the ball in the middle to Forsberg.

56 ‘The ball goes out after Isak at the near post There is room for a corner kick.

52 ‘Lewandowski clashes with Danielson. The Polish striker calls for a penalty kick, but the referee is not interested.

50 ‘Close! Forsberg unleashes a fiery blow, but an attentive Szczesny averts the impending danger.

45 ‘And we’re on our way … Sweden will lead this group, Spain will be second and Ukraine will be third.

HT: The Swedish defensive strategy is again working wonders as it remains at zero at Euro 2020. The team’s record was almost broken several times, but somehow Janne Andersson’s boys held up.

44 ‘Poland want to continue playing in the last moments of the first half. A nice little one-two on the edge of the box between Lewandowski and Zielinski is followed by the shooting. The sporty Olsen comes to the Swedes’ help again.

43 ‘After a cross from Jozwiak into the six-yard box, Olsen comes off the line to fend off an onrushing Lewandowski.

39′ Poland wins two corners in a row. Swiderski goes into the penalty area, but was headed away by the Swedish defense.

17 ‘How did Lewandowski miss a double header without anyone between him and the goal ?! That’s incredible. Two chances and both crash against the bar.

14 ‘Intercepting Bereszynski in time saves the day! It was far from 2-0 for the hosts when Isak loses possession. A corner was awarded, but the threat was clearly booted.

2 ‘GOAL! Forsberg takes a high cross on the edge of the box from Isak and drills it into the far corner.

EURO 2020: Table of points, goals scored, goal difference – Sweden-Slovakia one-two in Group E, Spain third

Unless Poland finds a way past one of the tightest defenses at the EM.

The win against Sweden is Poland’s only way into the knockout phase of EM 2020 – and no team has that in seven Played in 2021.

The reigning FIFA Player of the Year bounced back from an overwhelming performance in Poland’s 2-1 loss to Slovakia in Group E by taking the 1-1 draw with Spain Equalizer scored to keep his team effectively in the tournament fight.

It was also a classic striker’s degree, who defended his marker Aymeric Laporte with his strength and directed a header after a cross into the lower corner for the 67th international goal.

Lewandowski had to feed on leftovers against Spain and the same could be the case against Sweden, an ultra-pragmatic team whose offensive ambitions today at the Saint Petersburg Stadium may be even more limited than usual.

ier points from the first two games in Group E – a 0-0 draw against Spain and a 1-0 win over Slovakia – and qualified for the round of 16 based on the results of Monday’s games.

One Victory would secure first place in the group. Then again it could be a draw.

Along with Italy and England, Sweden is one of three teams that have not yet conceded a goal at Euro 2020. In view of these statistics and the tendency of the team to defend compactly and in numbers, especially when it does not have to attack, this explains why Poland is facing such a difficult task.

Lewandowski is only once in three World Cup or European Championship Participation with Poland promoted from the group stage. That was at Euro 2016, when the continental tournament was expanded to 24 teams for the first time.

FILE PHOTO: Poland’s captain Robert Lewandowski during a match in Euro 2020. – Pool via Reuters

During 67 goals in 121 games for Poland have an amazing record, the Bayern Munich striker often lacks quality performance at major tournaments when the level of the opponents rises. He has only scored three goals in 13 games at a World Cup or European Championship.

Poland, bottom of the table by one point, could do without defender Jan Bednarek and midfielder Jakub Moder due to injury.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson could decide to change his line-up now that qualification is guaranteed and give the fringes some playing time.

Dejan Kulusevski could return for Sweden after sitting on the bench against Slovakia. The winger had just returned to full training after completing a period of self-isolation after contracting the coronavirus.

Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) will broadcast UEFA EURO 2020 in English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Fans can follow the action LIVE on the SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 3, SONY SIX and SONY TEN 4 channels. The games are also available as live streaming on SonyLIV and JioTV.

Ref: https://sportstar.thehindu.com