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Slovakia v Spain Live Commentary, 6/23/21

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ESP
M. Dúbravka (30 og)
Aymeric Laporte (45+3)
Pablo Sarabia (56)
Ferran Torres (67)
J. Kucka (71 og)
Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla

Commentary

That is all from this Euro 2020 fixture, until next time!
Spain qualify from Group E in second place, finishing behind Sweden who ran out 3-2 winners against Poland. Enrique’s men face Croatia in their last-16 clash, which will take place in Copenhagen on Monday. Slovakia, whose perfect start against Poland seems a long time ago now, are out despite finishing in third. Tarkovic’s men will now have to wait until September for their next game, in which they travel to Slovenia in the World Cup qualifiers.
Spain started brightly and Morata had the chance to score from the spot, only to see his effort saved by Dubravka. The Slovakian goalkeeper then turned into his own net to undo his good work before Laporte doubled the Spanish lead. Second-half goals from Sarabia, Ferran Torres and an own goal from Kucka did further damage for Spain, who run out 5-0 winners in Seville to send themselves through to the last-16 stages as they finish second in Group E.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: SLOVAKIA 0-5 SPAIN
M. Škriniar
Yellow Card
Slovakia
90' + 4' Skriniar goes into the book late on as he fouls at the back and then argues with referee Kuipers.
90' + 3' News filters through to Seville that Sweden are once again leading in the closing stages of the other Group E game. Spain, however, won't care as if they play like this, whoever their opposition is, they'll be in good standing in the last-16.
90' + 1' There will be four minutes of added time as Spain continue cruising to victory in Seville.
L. Bénes
M. Hamšík
Slovakia
90' Hamsik, who may have just played his final minutes of international tournament football, wanders off and Benes replaces him.
89' Ferran Torres speeds into the box but Alba's cross gets turned away by Satka. Oyarzabal then twists and turns, however, the Real Sociedad man can only fire wide of goal to the left.
87' Thiago arrows a tempting ball over the top for Pedri, who can't quite reach the pass as it races through to Dubravka. The Spanish are playing with real confidence, relentlessly pressing and pinning Slovakia in their own half.
86' Sarabia tries his luck from range but he drills well wide of the target. The Paris Saint-Germain forward's positive outing will have, however, put himself into Luis Enrique's thoughts for future games at Euro 2020.
84' Traore fancies his chances against Hubocan but the 35-year-old left-back does well against the Spaniard's fresh legs to clear away. In the other Group E game, Poland have equalised against Sweden which changes the complexion of the group completely as it places Spain top.
83' Pedri appeals for a penalty after dispossessing Satka inside the Slovakia area. Referee Kuipers shakes his head as he points for a goal-kick, which Dubravka pumps long.
82' Traore sweeps past Hubocan with ease before delivering towards the back post. Ferran Torres can't get there before Oyarzabal is inches away from reacing Alba's low cross. Slovakia look understandably downbeat and in desperate need of the full-time whistle.
80' After Azpilicueta's withdrawal, it looks like Traore is slotting in at right-back. The Wolves man does have experience there under Nuno Espirito Santo, however, he may have assumed he would be operating further forward for his country this summer.
78' This is the first time Spain have scored five goals in a single European Championship match. Luis Enrique's men can take confidence from this performance as they prepare for the last-16 stages, which will likely be against Croatia on Monday if Sweden remain leading against Poland in the other Group E game.
Mikel Oyarzabal
Azpilicueta
Spain
77' Azpilicueta, who hadn't played for his country since November 2018, also comes off for Oyarzabal.
Adama Traoré
Gerard Moreno
Spain
77' Luis Enrique continues to make alterations as he introduces Traore for Moreno.
75' Slovakia look like they are heading out of the European Championships as they are set to finish as the fifth best third-place finisher. Tarkovic's men, who beat Poland on matchday 1, will be wondering what has gone wrong between now and then.
73' Ferran Torres scored after just 44 seconds - this is the fastest goal by a sub at the European Championships since Juan Carlos Valeron for Spain in 2004 (39 seconds v Russia). It was also his first touch of the ball. Pau Torres may have scored quicker if the goal didn't go down as a Kucka own goal for the fifth.
J. Kucka
Own Goal
Slovakia
71' GOOOOOOAL! 5-0 SPAIN! Things go from bad to worse as Spain add a fifth. Pau Torres claims the goal but it looks like it has come off Kucka last as the midfielder clears into his own net. Initially, a loose ball cannoned all around the Slovakian area from a Spanish wide set-piece before Pau Torres looked to bundle home a header at the back post. The centre-back heads through the legs of Dubravka before Kucka fails to clear his lines and finishes over his own goal-line.
Thiago Alcântara
Sergio Busquets
Spain
71' After returning from a positive Covid-19 test which caused him to miss the opening two games, Busquets makes way for Thiago.
Pau Torres
Eric García
Spain
71' Luis Enrique sends on Pau Torres for Garcia at centre-back.
T. Suslov
L. Haraslín
Slovakia
69' At the same time as Mak's removal, Suslov also comes on for Haraslin.
V. Weiss
R. Mak
Slovakia
69' Tarkovic makes more changes as he sends on Weiss for Mak.
Pablo Sarabia
Assist
Spain
67' Sarabia receives a short corner from Koke before playing a one-two with Pedri. The Paris Saint-Germain forward drifts to the byline on the right, where he drills a low right-footed cross towards the near post. Torres, who has only just come on, nips in front of his opposite man to flick a smart right-footed finish past Dubravka and into the bottom right corner.
Ferran Torres
Goal
Spain
67' GOOOOOAL! 4-0 SPAIN! An instant impact for Torres comes as he scores with his first touch of the game. Sarabia goes short from a corner, exchanging a one-two with Pedri before making it to the right of goal, where he drills towards the near post. Torres drives in front of his opposite man, producing a lovely flick to spin a right-footed finish past Dubravka at the near post. Luis Enrique’s men lead by four now and they are coasting to the last-16 stages.
Ferran Torres
Morata
Spain
66' Morata, whose first-half penalty miss didn't seem to matter for too long due to Dubravka's later error, comes off for Torres.
65' Azpilicueta works backwards as Spain prepare their first change on the touchline. Sweden still lead in the other Group E game, meaning Luis Enrique's team will be going through in second if things stay the same.
63' Sarabia scored his second goal for his country and Spain's last 10 goals have been scored by 10 different players. The Paris Saint-Germain forward's performance has given Luis Enrique something to consider for the future stages of this tournament.
62' Haraslin sees space open up in front of him and he powers a right-footed strike well wide of goal to the right. Luis Enrique's men continue to dominate and are cruising towards the last-16 stages.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
Spain
60' For his sliding tackle on Haraslin, not only does Alba have a sore ankle, he also joins Busquets in referee Kuipers' book.
60' A mix-up between Alba and Laporte offers Haraslin the chance to roam towards the centre circle. Alba recovers with a sliding tackle but stays down on the ground clutching his ankle. Spain's medical team race on before the left-back gets up and seems fine to carry on.
58' Hubocan catches Morata and Spain get a free-kick on the right-hand side. Koke delivers but Skriniar climbs the highest to head away.
Jordi Alba
Assist
Spain
56' Decisive passing around the Spanish midfield sees Alba with space on the left-hand side before he whips a low cross towards the penalty spot. Sarabia, who benefits from Morata's movements, wanders into the area before redirecting the ball into the bottom right corner to extend Spain's lead further.
Pablo Sarabia
Goal
Spain
56' GOOOOOOALLL! 3-0 SPAIN! Luis Enrique’s men work it out to the left flank, via Busquets and Pedri, to find Alba. The left-back drills a low cross towards the penalty spot, where Sarabia holds his position to make space before clipping a low left-footed strike into the bottom right corner, courtesy of some help from the post. Dubravka has no chance of getting anywhere near the ball and Spain lead by three!
55' Duris sneaks in behind Garcia to latch onto Hubocan's chipped pass. The substitute forward strangely opts to shoot early and Simon makes his first real save of the game as he collects comfortably at his near post.
54' Sarabia and Hubocan have a bit of a disagreement in the right-hand corner as the former gestures at the left-back he has made one too many fouls. Referee Kuipers sounds his whistle and, after a bit more arguing, the pair separate from one another.
53' Kucka hacks at the ankles of Pedri, adding to his numerous fouls in the first half but he still avoids a booking from referee Kuipers. The Slovakian is kicking any player that comes near him at the moment yet somehow he stays out the book.
52' Skriniar drags down Morata near the halfway line as Spain start the second half as they ended the first by dominating possession. Without two goals here, Slovakia are in danger of crashing out of Euro 2020, despite an incredibly positive start against Poland on matchday 1.
50' Spain have won all three of their previous matches on home soil against Slovakia, scoring 11 goals and conceding two. They look set for another win here, barring any Slovakian miracles in this half.
48' Duris' first involvement comes as he tries his luck from the edge of the area but Laporte and Garcia combine to block. The substitute has already offered more for his team than Duda, who has isolated for large parts of the first half, did.
46' Referee Kuipers gets the second half underway!
M. Ďuriš
O. Duda
Slovakia
46' Duda, who would be suspended if Slovakia make it to the last-16 due to his booking today, makes way at half-time for Duris.
S. Lobotka
J. Hromada
Slovakia
46' Alongside Duris' introduction, Lobotka replaces Hromada in midfield.
Tarkovic will be wondering how he can get his team back into this, after an incredibly abject first-half performance. Luis Enrique, in contrast, will be delighted with his side's hard-working effort and will simply be asking for more of the same in the second half.
Spain dominated the early proceedings and, after VAR intervened, Morata passed up the opportunity to give his team the lead as Dubravka saved the Juventus man’s spot-kick. The Slovakian goalkeeper was then the villain, however, as he bizarrely punched into his own net after Sarabia had hit the crossbar. On the stroke of half-time, Laporte doubled the Spanish lead, heading into the top right corner to send Luis Enrique’s team in 2-0 up at half-time.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: SLOVAKIA 0-2 SPAIN
Gerard Moreno
Assist
Spain
45' + 3' Pedri hovers on the edge of the area from a corner, recycling possession as he chips towards the right of goal. Dubravka rushes out but Moreno beats him to it before the Spanish forward dinks a cross towards Laporte. The centre-back outjumps Pekarik to head into the top right corner from inside the six-yard area to double Spain's lead.
Aymeric Laporte
Goal
Spain
45' + 3' GOOOOOOALL! 2-0 SPAIN! Koke’s set-piece comes to nothing but the ball gets recycled outside the area and Pedri clips towards the right of goal. Moreno nips in front of Dubravka, drawing the goalkeeper off his line before chipping towards the six-yard area. Laporte climbs above Pekarik to redirect a looping header back into the top right corner. Dubravka can only stand and watch, remaining motionless as he watches a second goal go past him. That is Laporte's first goal for Spain after switching allegiances and it has put his side in a commanding position.
45' + 3' Sarabia has space to get his head up on the left flank and crosses towards Morata. Skriniar flies across and turns behind for a corner on the left-hand side.
45' + 1' There will be four minutes of added time in Seville as Moreno forces a save from Dubravka with a tame left-footed shot from the edge of the area.
45' WIDE! Koke roams forward inside the right-hand channel and drives an ambitious 25-yard effort with his right foot. Dubravka scrambles across but the Atletico Madrid midfielder's strike goes wide of goal to the left.
44' Luis Enrique's men continue to dominate possession as this game approaches Kuipers' half-time whistle. Sarabia goes down on the left flank, however, Pekarik gets away with it and the Paris-Saint German forward gets told to get up.
42' Alba disguises a pass towards the near post for Morata but Satka reads with ease and intervenes inside his own box. Duda then wins a free-kick at the back for Slovakia and they get the chance to catch their breath for a moment or two.
41' Dubravka became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty and score an own goal in the same European Championship game. His own goal is what separates these two sides heading towards half-time.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Spain
40' Busquets leaves both Haraslin and Hromada down with one sliding tackle. Referee Kuipers awards a free-kick and also cards the Spanish captain for his efforts.
39' Moreno gets hauled down inside the left-hand channel which offers Spain a free-kick. Sarabia delivers but Satka easily heads away at the near post.
38' Pedri takes his time to offload to Alba as the pair continue to enjoy success down the left flank. Pekarik, who has bags of experience with his 104 caps, needs some help from the midfield in front of him to deal with the Barcelona duo and he isn't getting it as of yet.
36' Hamsik hacks through the back of Sarabia but play goes on as he curls a pass into the left-hand channel. Duda drives towards goal before whipping a low right-footed strike wide of goal to the right. The chance wouldn't have counted, however, as the flag then goes up against the forward for offside.
35' Azpilicueta roams down the right-hand side and drills a low cross towards the near post. Satka, perhaps considering what has happened minutes ago, takes charge instead of his goalkeeper as he swings a clearance away towards the left flank.
33' Hubocan hooks away a clearance from Sarabia's set-piece. Slovakia are on the back foot and in desperate need of the half-time whistle to regroup. Simon, who occupies the Spanish net, has barely touched the ball as the game passes the half-hour mark.
32' Dubravka's own goal takes Spain into second, given they can't catch Sweden if they continue leading against Sweden. After a fairly timid start, Luis Enrique's men have been handed a gift which could send them through to the last-16 stages.
31' Dubravka has scored the seventh own goal of Euro 2020; this is as many own goals as were scored at the 2000 (1), 2004 (2), 2008 (0), 2012 (1) and 2016 (3) editions of the tournament combined.
M. Dúbravka
Own Goal
Slovakia
30' GOOOOOOOOOAL! 1-0 SPAIN! Sarabia regains possession high up the pitch, drifting inside and striking a left-footed effort into the crossbar as he looked for the top right corner. The ball loops in the air, hanging for what seems like an eternity, before Dubravka goes to punch away on his goal-line. Somehow, inexplicably, the Newcastle goalkeeper pushes into his own net under relatively little pressure from Morata. Spain wheel away in celebration and, after saving an earlier penalty, Dubravka goes from hero to zero.
28' Hromada lets out a scream as he goes down after a challenge with Koke. The Atletico Madrid midfielder pleads his innocence and referee Kuipers settles for just the free-kick on the left-hand side.
27' Tarkovic takes the chance at the drinks break to exchange a few words with his side. They know a draw is enough to take them through and, at the minute, it appears to be exactly what Slovakia are playing for in Seville.
26' Pedri's corner from the left-hand side curls towards the near post, where Skriniar nips in front of Morata to head away. That'll be the last action for the moment, however, as the players head off for a pre-arranged drinks break.
24' SAVE! Morata, who missed the earlier spot-kick, takes a touch to move into the D before unleashing a right-footed strike towards the top right corner. Dubravka sees it all the way and beats away another save to his left. The Newcastle man has been his team's best player in the opening stages of this game.
23' Sarabia has a run at Hubocan, who does well to twist and turn to dispossess the Paris Saint-Germain forward. Slovakia have rarely ventured out of their own half so far, however, they are defending resolutely.
22' Spain have missed each of their last five penalties in all competitions - taken by four different players (Morata, Moreno, Ruiz, Ramos x2). They are also the first team to miss two penalties in a group stage and the second team to miss two in a tournament (excluding shootouts) - the Netherlands in 2000 being the other.
20' WIDE! After nearly setting up Sarabia moments ago, Pedri misses a glorious opportunity to the left of goal. Azpilicueta cuts in from the right-hand side, delivering an inswinging left-footed cross, however, the Barcelona man misses the target by inches as he fails to reach the ball. Back-to-back chances for Spain go abegging.
19' CLOSE! Pedri roams inside from the left-hand channel, curling an inch-perfect cross towards the back post. Sarabia is unmarked but fails to make a connection with the cross with his left foot and Dubravka reacts quickly to dive down on the loose ball.
17' Moreno skips around Pekarik and wins a free-kick on the left-hand touchline. The Spanish forward looks like Luis Enrique's most productive outlet so far as he is causing the right-back all sorts of problems.
15' Slovakia are unbeaten in their final group stage game at both of their previous two major tournaments, winning 3-2 against Italy at the 2010 World Cup and drawing 0-0 with England at Euro 2016. They have progressed from the group stages at both previous tournaments.
13' Busquets, who has only just come back into the team, goes down after Kucka catches him with a stray leg off the ball. Surprisingly, VAR doesn't get involved despite the Slovakian looking like he had a little kick at the Barcelona man.
M. Dúbravka
Penalty Save
Slovakia
12' SAVE! Dubvraka is the hero from Morata’s penalty as he dives to his right and beats away a save. The Juventus forward’s right-footed effort was at a decent height and the Newcastle man denies him from the spot!
Morata
Penalty Miss
Spain
12' MISS! Morata slowly wanders up to the spot-kick before aiming for the top left corner. Dubravka guesses the right way, parrying away a two-handed save to keep the scores level in Seville.
O. Duda
Yellow Card
Slovakia
11' Duda goes into the book, presumably for dissent, which means he would now miss Slovakia’s next game through suspension. Baring in mind this group could go down to disciplinary points, that could be a significant yellow card.
11' PENALTY TO SPAIN! After initially awarding a foul on Hromada inside the Slovakian area, referee Kuipers goes to the touchline monitor and deems Hromada to have in fact committed the foul on Koke. The Slovakian midfielder was looking to clear and managed to get his legs tangled with the Atletico Madrid man, forcing him to the floor and Spain have an early chance to take the lead.
10' Players from both teams race towards referee Kuipers, to either protest Koke's innocence for a foul on Hromada or to suggest the Spaniard should be cautioned. VAR, however, thinks Hromada may have fouled Koke as he attempted to clear and is checking for a potential penalty.
8' Sarabia curls a cross towards the far post from the right-hand side, which Dubravka claims above Morata. It's going to take a better ball in than that to unlock this compact Slovakian defence.
6' Moreno produces a testing, low cross from the left flank but Dubravka hangs on inside his own six-yard area. Luis Enrique's men are slowly growing into this game in the opening stages in Seville.
5' SAVE! Morata wanders down the left-hand side, making it to the left of goal and powering a left-footed strike towards the bottom right corner. Dubravka, however, is there to parry away and the loose ball gets cleared by Hubocan. Smart link-up play with Moreno set that chance up but the Juventus forward couldn't beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.
4' Sweden are leading in the other Group E game, meaning neither of these sides could top the group. It does do Spain a favour, however, as if Poland were to win then Luis Enrique's team would have to win to qualify too. 
3' Alba needlessly barges through the back of Haraslin but gets away with it as referee Kuipers waves play on. Slovakia then break down the left flank but their attack comes to an end as Busquets intervenes.
2' Sarabia curls over the top for Morata but the forward is caught offside and any pressure on Skriniar in the left-hand channel fades away.
1' With the national anthems out the way, referee Bjorn Kuipers gets the game underway!
Slovakia have won only one of their six meetings with Spain (D1 L4), a home victory in a European Championship qualifier back in October 2014 (2-1). This is their first encounter at a major tournament.
Luis Enrique opts for four alterations to his last starting line-up. Garcia replaces Torres to partner Laporte at centre-back, while Azpilicueta, who hasn’t played for Spain since November 2018, returns at right-back for Llorente. After missing the first two games due to a positive Covid-19 test, Busquets comes in for Rodri, who was cautioned against Poland, and the Barcelona midfielder pairs up with fellow club colleague Pedri in the middle. The final change sees Olmo drop to the bench as Sarabia comes in on the right-hand side.
Tarkovic makes two changes from the loss against Sweden. Hromada joins Kucka in midfield, replacing Hrosovsky and further forward Haraslin is preferred ahead of Koscelnik. Pekarik, who starts at right-back, will play his 104th game for Slovakia, joining Martin Skrtel at joint-third on the all-time list of appearances for Slovakia. Hamsik, who is ahead of Pekarik in that list with 129 caps, slots in behind Duda.
SUBS: Fabian Ruiz, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pau Torres, Dani Olmo, Thiago, Marcos Llorente, Robert Sanchez, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore, David de Gea, Jose Gaya, Rodrigo.
SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Cesar Azpilicueta; Koke, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia.
SUBS: Michal Duris, Marek Rodak, Jan Gregus, Stanislav Lobotka, Patrik Hrosovsky, Martin Koscelnik, Laszlo Benes, Vladimir Weiss, Martin Valjent, Tomas Suslov, David Hancko, Dusan Kuciak.
SLOVAKIA (4-2-3-1): Martin Dubravka; Peter Pekarik, Lubomir Satka, Milan Skriniar, Tomas Hubocan; Jakub Hromada, Juraj Kucka; Robert Mak, Marek Hamsik, Lukas Haraslin; Ondrej Duda.
With two draws in two matches, Spain’s Euro 2020 campaign has got off to an incredibly shaky start. Their most recent draw agains Poland did, however, extend their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions. They sit third in Group E and Luis Enrique’s men are in desperate need of a good performance against Slovakia to send them through to the last-16 stages. Although, the Spaniards could follow a similar path to Portugal, who drew all three group-stage games at Euro 2016 before claiming the trophy.
Slovakia’s 2-1 defeat of Poland extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to six games before Emil Forsberg’s decisive penalty handed them a 1-0 loss on matchday 2. Group E remains wide open and Stefan Tarkovic’s men, who currently sit in second and a point above Spain, only need a draw to seal progression to the last-16 stages.
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