Poland forces 1-1 draw against Spain

For the last match of Matchday 2 in Euro 2020, two teams that disappointed in Matchday 1 face off in Seville, Spain. In Group E, Spain drew with Sweden 0-0 in Matchday 1 despite having 85% of the possession. Also, Poland disappointed in their opening match, losing 2-1 to Slovakia.

On Friday, an Emil Forsberg penalty in the 77th minute ignited Sweden past Slovakia to the top of Group E. Due to Sweden’s 1-0 win, Poland faced a scenario against Spain where a loss eliminates them from the competition after the group stage.

Spain dominated possession in the first half like they did against Sweden. They controlled the pace and flow of the match, looking to take three key points from the match.

In the 25th minute, Spain finally broke through. Alvaro Morata, who missed an open sitter against Sweden, got his chance at redemption. Morata slotted Gerard Moreno’s cross past Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for Spain’s first goal of Euro 2020.

Poland needed a goal to keep their Euro 2020 hopes alive. In the 42nd minute, Karol Swiderski’s shot clanked off the post. Robert Lewandowski’s rebound chance was saved by Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon.

However, Lewandowski got a second chance to score in the 54th minute. Kamil Jozwiak’s cross was headed in by Lewandowski to give Poland the much-needed equalizer.

Poland’s hopes appeared to have taken a turn for the worse as Jakub Moder fouled Morata to draw a penalty. However, Moreno’s penalty bounced off the post and Morata missed the rebound shot.

Spain controlled the possession late as they tried to find a go-ahead goal late in the match. Despite chances from a variety of Spanish attackers inside the penalty box, they could not find the back of the net. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, keeping Poland’s round of 16 hopes alive.

Spain once again dominated possession, keeping the ball for 77% of the match. But like their match again Sweden, they missed golden opportunities to score and Morata missed another open sitter. They go into Matchday 3 with two points, needing a win to ensure safety.

Poland will also need a win in Matchday 3, but drawing against Spain kept their chances for the round of 16 alive. Lewandowski scored a huge goal for Poland and took advantage of the few chances they were able to create.

Poland will take on Sweden on Wednesday at noon EST at the same time Spain battles Slovakia. The matches will occur simultaneously as all four Group E teams have the opportunity to advance to the round of 16.

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