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M. Škriniar
M. Hamšík
1 - 2
G. Krychowiak
Yellow 2nd/RC
K. Linetty
M. Rybus
1 - 1
G. Krychowiak
Yellow Card
W. Szczęsny
Own Goal
0 - 1

Match Stats

57% 42%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 2
Total Passes 532 410
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Sweden SWE Sweden 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 W W D
2 Spain ESP Spain 3 1 2 0 6 1 +5 5 W D D
3 Slovakia SVK Slovakia 3 1 0 2 2 7 -5 3 L L W
4 Poland POL Poland 3 0 1 2 4 6 -2 1 L D L


8th Finals
Possible 8th Finals


Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
Slovakia are next in action against Sweden in Saint Petersburg on Friday, while Poland travel to Seville to take on Spain on Saturday.
Slovakia record a fine win over 10-man Poland in their Euro 2020 Group E opener in Saint Petersburg. An own goal from Wojciech Szczesny put Stefan Tarkovic's men in front after a brilliant run and strike from Robert Mak caused the mistake from the Poland keeper. The Poles responded almost immediately after half-time as Karol Linetty turned in Maciej Rybus' cross from the left flank. The game took another twist when Grzegorz Krychowiak was dismissed for two bookable offences. Slovakia seized the initiative and Milan Skriniar notched the decisive goal in the contest with a firm strike from 12 yards to secure the win for his team.
90' + 3' SAVE! Lewandowski fends off two Slovakia defenders in the box, but has no room to strike. He offloads to Swiderski, who takes on the shot on his left foot, but sends his attempt straight at Dubravka.
J. Greguš
O. Duda
90' + 2' Tarkovic makes his final change as Duda is withdrawn for Gregus.
90' + 1' CHANCE! Bednarek latches on to a low ball into the box from Frankowski and mis-kicks his first effort. However, he gets a second opportunity on his left foot, but he curls his shot inches wide of the post. Agony for Poland.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
88' CLOSE! Moder whips a perfect ball in from the left flank from the resulting corner, but no one in a white shirt can connect with a header, including Lewandowski, with the goal gaping. 
88' Moder has a run down the left flank and angles a cross into the box. It takes a deflection and travels towards the net, forcing Dubravka to turn it over the bar.
T. Suslov
R. Mak
87' Suslov enters the action and replaces Mak, who forced the error from Szczesny to put Slovakia in front in the first half. Mak can afford to be pleased with his performance today.
M. Ďuriš
L. Haraslín
87' Duris replaces Haraslin for Slovakia down the right flank for the closing stages.
J. Moder
M. Klich
85' Moder comes on for the final five minutes to replace Klich in the Poland midfield.
K. Świderski
P. Zieliński
85' Swiderski enters the action for Poland as he replaces Zielinski.
85' OVER! Puchacz latches on to a clearance from Slovakia defence following Klich's corner, but the full-back can only hammer his 20-yard effort on the half-volley over the bar.
84' Lewandowski puts Satka under pressure down the right flank and wins a corner for Poland. They need to make the most of these opportunities.
82' Time is running out for Poland to force the issue. Since being reduced to 10 men, Sousa's men have not carried a threat in the final third.
81' Hamsik has been involved in three of Slovakia's five goals at the European Championships (one goal, two assists).
P. Hrošovský
J. Hromada
79' Hromada is withdrawn for Slovakia in the middle of the park and is replaced by Hrosovsky.
M. Koscelník
P. Pekarík
79' Koscelnik enters the action to replace Pekarik at the back for Slovakia.
77' Bednarek rises to attack a cross from Klich into the box, but he can only nod the ball straight into the grasp of Dubravka.
75' Poland became just the second side to score an own goal (Wojciech Szczesny) and have a player sent off (Grzegorz Krychowiak) in a single European Championship game after Czechoslovakia versus Netherlands in 1976.
T. Puchacz
M. Rybus
74' Puchacz enters the action for Poland on the left flank to replace Rybus.
P. Frankowski
K. Linetty
74' The goalscorer Linetty is withdrawn by Sousa and is replaced by Frankowski in the middle of the park.
72' Linetty tees up Zielinski for a drive at goal from 20 yards, but the Napoli man lifts his effort well over the bar.
M. Hamšík
69' Hamsik rises in the area to nod Duda's corner into the path of Skriniar, who does the rest with a fine finish.
M. Škriniar
69' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! SKRINIAR RESTORES SLOVAKIA'S LEAD!!!! 2-1!!!! Tarkovic's men regain the lead through Skriniar with a crisp finish. Hamsik nods a header into the path of the defender following a Slovakia corner. The Inter man takes a touch on his right foot before drilling his effort with pace past Szczesny. A super strike from Skriniar.
68' CHANCE! Kucka breaks through the Poland midfield towards the edge of the box. He spots Haraslin in space and offloads to his team-mate. The midfielder strikes at goal, but it takes a deflection on its way wide of the target.
66' Krychowiak is just the third player to be sent off for Poland at a major tournament (European Championship or World Cup) after Radislaw Sobolewski against Germany at the 2006 World Cup and Wojciech Szczesny against Greece at EURO 2012.
64' Pekarik tries to release Duda in the box, but the forward takes a heavy first touch and cannot prevent the ball travelling out for a goal-kick.
62' OFF! Krychowiak is dismissed for two bookable offences. The midfielder lunges in late on Hromada and is given his second yellow and then a red by the referee. Poland are down to 10 men.
60' Slovakia are attempting to take the pace out of the game to combat Poland's brisk start. Tarkovic's men need to find their feet.
58' OVER! Lewandowksi strikes the free-kick at goal with power on his right foot, but it deflects off Skriniar's head and travels over the bar.
57' Rybus is brought down on the edge of the box by Kucka, presenting Poland with a great opportunity to threaten from the resulting free-kick.
56' Linetty’s equaliser for Poland came just 32 seconds into the second-half, the second fastest second-half goal scored in a European Championship game after Marcel Coras for Romania vs Germany in 1984 (21 seconds).
54' SHOT! Haraslin is played into space down the right flank by Pekarik. He takes a touch inside on his left foot before angling a strike at goal that travels just over the bar.
53' OVER! Zielinski collects on the right flank and floats a cross into the box. Glik rises to head at goal, but he plants his effort over the top.
52' Jozwiak has a run down the right flank and his side win a corner as Hubocan has to send the ball behind.
51' SAVE! Klich makes a run down the right flank and cuts a low ball into the middle. Linetty gets into the box to connect with a strike, but he sends a tame effort straight at Dubravka.
48' Poland have come out for the second half full of energy and putting Slovakia on the back foot. The goal has given Sousa and his team belief.
M. Rybus
46' Rybus raids down the left flank and sends a low cross into the box that is turned home by Linetty.
K. Linetty
46' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! POLAND RESPOND AT THE START OF THE SECOND HALF!!!!! 1-1!!!! Linetty gets his side back on level terms with a neat finish from close range. Poland expose Slovakia down the left flank through Rybus and he sends a low ball into the box. It evades Lewandowski, but Linetty is there and slides his effort away from Dubravka into the bottom-right corner.
46' We're back under way at Saint Petersburg.
Poland have been underwhelming in the first half and easily exposed by Slovakia on the break. Paulo Sousa has a big team-talk ahead of him to get a response out of his players for the second half.
An own goal from Wojciech Szczesny has handed Slovakia a 1-0 lead over Poland at the break in their Euro 2020 Group E clash. Robert Mak made an incisive run into the box before striking at goal to force the mistake from the Poland keeper, breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute. Slovakia deserve their lead, having played the better the football. However, it's only job half done for Stefan Tarkovic and his team.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' Hamsik takes possession on the right flank and runs at the Poland defence. He lines up an ambitious strike at goal that fails to penetrate the wall of white shirts on the edge of the box.
42' WIDE! Rybus works an offload inside to Lewandowski in the box. He takes a touch, only to slice his left-footed strike wide of the target.
41' Duda has space to roam in the Poland half, but he sends an awful pass out to the left flank with team-mates in support on the edge of the box.
39' Slovakia have been the better team as we approach the interval. They deserve their lead, but there is still plenty of work ahead for Tarkovic and his men.
37' The game continues to open up. Linetty is the latest player to have a crack at goal from distance, only to slice his effort wide of the target.
37' Space opens up for Hamsik to have a drive at goal. He stops 20 yards out and goes for a left-footed effort that he sends comfortably wide.
35' WIDE! Zielinski tries to find space in the final third and he goes for a strike at goal that he drags wide of the right post. Poland need more from their creative players.
34' OVER! A mis-communication between Hromada and Kucka allows Krychowiak to take possession. He hammers a strike towards goal that just travels over the bar.
33' Hamsik offloads towards Pekarik down the right flank and he floats a cross into the box for Kucka to attack. He rises to connect with a header, but he nods his attempt straight at Szczesny.
30' Hubocan feeds Hamsik on the left edge of the Poland penalty area, but his drive is well blocked by Glik .
28' Although a harsh one - Szczesny has become the first ever goalkeeper to score an own goal at the European Championship finals.
27' OVER! Kucka latches on to a poor clearance from the Poland defence and takes a touch before striking at goal in his right foot. He unleashes a good shot that just travels over the bar.
26' Slovakia counter at the other end of the field and Haraslin makes a neat move into the box. He gets crowded out before he can shoot, although Pekarik takes on an effort from distance that is deflected behind.
26' Jozwiak drops his shoulder down the right flank and sends a dangerous low cross into the box. Lewandowski cannot connect on the slide before Rybus sees his effort blocked by Kucka tracking back.
24' Slovakia can play the game on their terms now. It will be tricky for Poland to put them under pressure, playing into the strength of Stankovic's side.
G. Krychowiak
Yellow Card
22' Krychowiak trips Hromada on the charge and goes into the book.
T. Hubočan
Yellow Card
20' Hubocan brings down Krychowiak before he can break forward from the middle of the park. The full-back goes into the book.
W. Szczęsny
Own Goal
18' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! SLOVAKIA TAKE THE LEAD!!!! 1-0!!!!!!! An own goal from Szczesny puts Slovakia in front, although all the credit goes to Mak for a brilliant run and low strike towards goal that draws the mistake. The winger takes possession on the left flank and bamboozles Bereszynski and Jozwiak with a neat turn to surge between the two defenders. He surges into the left-inside channel before placing his effort past Szczesny, who should arguably do better to keep the ball out. He gets the credit for an own goal as the ball strikes him before heading into the back of the net.
16' Zielinski takes the resulting free-kick, but his delivery sails over the players in the area and eases the pressure on the Slovakia defence.
15' Zielinski has been active in the early stages and he draws a foul from Kucka in the final third.
14' WIDE! Duda collects on the left flank and has a run at the Poland defence by cutting inside. He shoots with power on his right foot, but his effort just travels wide of the left post, striking the side-netting.
13' Hubocan almost plays Dubravka into trouble at the back with a short backpass, but the keeper reacts to clear ahead of Jozwiak.
10' Satka puts his body on the line at the back post to clear Jozwiak's cross away from the lurking presence of Rybus on the charge.
9' Kucka brings down Klich on the right flank, handing Poland a free-kick. Linetty angles a cross into the box, but Dubravka comes through a crowd of players to clear the danger.
7' Poland have made a bright start to the contest and are looking to bring Lewandowski into the game whenever possible.
5' Zielinski offloads to Lewandowski in space in the box. He turns to shoot on his right foot, but Satka makes another important block.
4' Lewandowski takes possession in the final third and he unleashes a strike at goal that is blocked by Satka on the edge of the Slovakia box.
2' Hromada is brought down by Krychowiak and the referee awards a free-kick to Slovakia. Duda lifts a delivery into the box that is headed across the face of goal by Skriniar, but Lewandowski is on hand to clear.
1' We're under way in Saint Petersburg.
Only one of the previous eight matches between Poland and Slovakia has ended in a draw (3 wins for Poland, 4 for Slovakia). Their last meeting ended in a 2-0 win for Slovakia back in November 2013, courtesy of goals from Juraj Kucka and Robert Mak, the latter’s first for the national team.
Slovakia have made one change to their side from their draw against Austria in their final warm-up game. Hamsik returns to the fold and will start behind Duda, who leads the line. Ivan Schranz makes way from the team and does not make the bench.
Poland have made six changes to their side that drew against Iceland in their final warm-up game. Bereszynski, Rybus and Bednarek all come into the backline for Sousa's men. Linettey and Klich get the starts in the middle of the park alongside Krychowiak. Jozwiak gets the nod to play alongside Zielinski and Lewandowski in the final third.
SLOVAKIA SUBS: Denis Varo, Jan Gregus, Vladimir Weiss, Tomas Suslov, Laszlo Benes, Dusan Kuciak, Patrik Hrosovsky, David Hancko, Michal Duris, Stanislav Lobotka, Marek Rodak, Martin Koscelnik.
SLOVAKIA (4-2-3-1): Martin Dubravka; Peter Pekarik, Lubomir Satka, Milan Skriniar, Tomas Hubocan; Juraj Kucka, Jakub Hromada; Lukas Haraslin, Marek Hamsik, Robert Mak; Ondrej Duda.
POLAND SUBS: Pawel Dawidowicz, Tomasz Kedziora, Kacper Kozlowski, Karol Swiderski, Lukasz Skorupski, Jakub Moder, Przemyslaw Placheta, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Jakub Swierczok, Michal Helik, Tymoteusz Puchacz.
POLAND (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek, Maciej Rybus; Karol Linetty, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mateusz Klich; Kamil Jozwiak, Robert Lewandowski, Piotr Zielinski.
Slovakia reached the Euros at the expense of Northern Ireland in their playoff clash courtesy of a Michal Duris' winner in extra-time. Stefan Tarkovic's men were in the competition five years ago and reached the round of 16 where they were soundly beaten by Germany. It was a learning experience for Slovakia and they will have been richer for it. They carry a five-match unbeaten run into the Euros, although one of those was a victory which came against Russia in a World Cup qualifier in March. Slovakia need to be flawless today.
Poland are not in great form entering the competition, winning only one of their last seven games. They drew against Russia and Iceland in their warm-up matches, while their last competitive action resulted in a 2-1 defeat to England in a World Cup qualifier. Tournament football tends to throw the form book out of the window and Poland will be determined to make a similar run to their last experience at the Euros where they reached the quarter-finals. However, Paulo Sousa and his men need a good start this evening in a competitive group.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 Group E clash between Poland and Slovakia in Saint Petersburg.