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Sweden v Poland Live Commentary, 6/23/21

FT
3 - 2
SWE
POL
E. Forsberg (2)
E. Forsberg (59)
V. Claesson (90+4)
R. Lewandowski (61)
R. Lewandowski (84)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye! 
That win means that Sweden go through as the winners of Group E and they'll be facing one of the best third-place teams in the next round in Glasgow on Tuesday. Poland couldn't get the win they needed to qualify for the last 16 and they're knocked out of the tournament after earning just one point from their three games.
Claesson snatches a late winner for Sweden as they beat Poland 3-2. Forsberg gave them the lead just 81 seconds in before Lewandowski hit the crossbar with two headers within seconds of each other. Forsberg doubled their lead in the second half after a quick break, but Lewandowski pulled one back for Poland with an excellent finish just minutes later. The Poland captain tapped in an equaliser before Claesson's late, close-range strike sealed the win for Sweden.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: SWEDEN 3-2 POLAND.
D. Kulusevski
Assist
Sweden
90' + 4' It was a great turn from Kulusevski to take Bereszynski out of the game before sliding it through to Claesson for his second assist.
V. Claesson
Goal
Sweden
90' + 4' CLAESSON PUTS SWEDEN BACK AHEAD! It's Kulusevski that sets it up again by slotting it through to Claesson and he glides past the Polish defenders before firing his shot into the near post and he's surely wrapped up the win for Sweden now. 3-2! 
90' + 3' CHANCE! Sweden break quickly on the counter through Claesson down the left and he squares it to Larsson on the edge of the box. He hits the shot first time but leans back as he takes it and fires his effort high over the bar.
90' + 1' Into the first of five added minutes at the end of the game and Poland are keeping the pressure on here. Frankowski cuts inside from the left, curling a deep cross towards the far post, but it's too high for Lewandowski.
89' SAVE! Lewandowski cuts inside from the left and he curls a great effort to the far post which Olsen pushes away from his goal. Placheta latches onto it at the byline, but his cross is collected by the keeper.
88' Lewandowski has scored 69 goals for Poland in all competitions, more than twice as many as the rest of the Polish Euro 2020 squad has netted combined (34). It is also the first time Poland have scored twice in a European Championship game.
86' Sweden can't get out of their own half at the moment as Poland push for the winning goal they need to go through. Zielinski's corner is short to Bereszynski on the edge of the box, but he hits his volley into the ground and it's a comfortable catch for Olsen.
P. Frankowski
Assist
Poland
84' Frankowski has a lot of space down the left and it's a brilliant cross into the box that causes all sorts of problems for the defenders.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
Poland
84' LEWANDOWSKI EQUALISES! The cross from Frankowski catches out both central defenders for Sweden and leaves Lewandowski in space in the middle of the box. He has time to turn and coolly slot the ball past Olsen and into the back of the net. 2-2!
K. Glik
Yellow Card
Poland
83' Glik gets too tight to Kulusevski and brings him down which earns him a yellow card.
82' Poland are still pushing for an equaliser here, but they're hurrying their way into the final third. Zielinski has a lot of people to aim for in the middle, but it's a poor cross from him that bounces harmlessly out of play.
80' Frankowski gets away from Krafth down the left and he swings a dangerous cross into the middle of the box, but no one gambled to get on the end of it. Swierczok curls one in from the other side, but Lindelof heads it clear at the far post.
P. Płacheta
G. Krychowiak
Poland
78' Poland are making a change as well and Krychowiak, who was booked a little while ago, is taken off and replaced by Placheta.
V. Claesson
E. Forsberg
Sweden
77' Another change for Sweden now and it's the goal scorer, Forsberg, that's going off for Claesson.
76' Lewandowski bundles the ball past Danielson down the right and he's asking for a free-kick just outside the box. He claims it hit the defender's arm, but the referee waves it away.
G. Krychowiak
Yellow Card
Poland
74' It's a poor challenge from Krychowiak on the back of Olsson and he's shown a yellow card.
K. Kozłowski
M. Klich
Poland
73' Third change for Poland now and it's Klich that's making way for Kozlowski.
72' The players are making their way to the side of the field for the cooling break and the managers are using it as a time to regroup before the final quarter of the game.
70' It's a better free-kick from Larsson as he misses the first man this time, but Glik heads it away from goal. It's only as far as Forsberg on the edge of the box, but he drills his shot wide of the near post.
E. Krafth
M. Lustig
Sweden
68' Lustig is also going off, and Krafth is on in his place.
M. Berg
A. Isak
Sweden
68' Double change for Sweden now and Isak is the first to make way for Berg.
67' Lewandowski has scored his fourth goal for Poland at the European Championships, overtaking Jakub Blaszczykowski for the most by any player for the country in the competition.
65' OFFSIDE! It's another great ball over the top from Zielinski to pick out Swiderski on the left of the box and he steps inside before squaring it to Swierczok. He's left with a simple tap-in, but he'd just drifted offside and it won't count.
63' Poland are on the attack again here and it's worked out to Frankowski on the left again. He curls a good cross into the middle which Lewandowski flicks on, but it bounces wide of the far post.
J. Świerczok
K. Jóźwiak
Poland
61' Poland make their second change following the goal and it's Jozwiak making way for Swierczok.
P. Zieliński
Assist
Poland
61' Zielinski starts the counter and he plays a perfectly weighted throughball forward for Lewandowski to latch onto.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
Poland
61' WHAT A GOAL! It's a great pick out from Lewandowski on the left and the Swedish defenders sit back and allow him to cut inside. He gets his head up before curling a brilliant shot between the two centrebacks, around Olsen and into the far top corner. Poland are back in this game and it's 2-1!
D. Kulusevski
Assist
Sweden
59' It's an incredible break from Kulusevski as he picks up the ball on the halfway line and he drives forward down the right before picking out Forsberg.
E. Forsberg
Goal
Sweden
59' FORSBERG HAS A SECOND! It's a great counter-attack from Sweden, but it's more poor defending from Poland. They don't close Kulusevski and he squares it to Forsberg on the edge of the six-yard box. He hits it first time, curling his low shot around Szczesny and into the bottom corner. 2-0 Sweden! 
57' Kulusevski cuts inside from the left and squares it to Isak. He's at too tight an angle to have a shot from the near post, so tries to pull it back across the area, but it's ut out for a corner by Puchacz.
D. Kulusevski
R. Quaison
Sweden
55' First change for Sweden now and it's Quaison that's making way for Kulusevski, who makes his first appearance in the competition.
54' Jozwiak wrongfoots the defender as he cuts inside and he curls a dangerous cross towards the far post. It's just over Swiderski's head and Lewandowski just can't get a touch on it before it bounces out of play.
52' OLSEN SAVES AGAIN! Swiderski drives forward down the right and picks out Krychowiak in space on the edge of the box. He curls his shot towards the far post and Olsen gets down to push it away.
50' GOOD SAVE! It's Sweden's attempt to break on a quick counter and Forsberg tees up Quaison on the edge of the box. His low shot is pushed away by Szczesny and Forsberg's follow-up is well-blocked by Bereszynski.
49' Frankowski makes a good run down the left before cutting inside and picking out Zielinski in a pocket of space again. He keeps his shot low this time and a deflection off Lindelof takes it just wide of the near post.
47' GOOD SAVE! The Swedish defenders just sit back when Zielinski gets the ball and he has another shot from distance. His shot swerves past Danielson but Olsen gets a strong hand to it to tip it wide.
46' Poland get us back underway for the second half! 
P. Frankowski
T. Puchacz
Poland
46' Poland are making a change at the break and it's Puchacz that's going off for Frankowski.
As things stand, Sweden are heading through as group winners while Poland will be knocked out of the tournament. Sweden have protected their lead well and Andersson will be hoping for more of the same. Poland need to win if they want to reach the last 16, but they need to make a big improvement going forward if they want to get back into the game.
Forsberg's early goal gives Sweden a 1-0 lead at half-time. Just 81 seconds in, he put them ahead after some sloppy defending from Poland let him in and he picked out the bottom corner. At the other end, Lewandowski headed two efforts against the crossbar in a matter of seconds before Zielinski forced a good save out of Olsen just before half-time.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: SWEDEN 1-0 POLAND.
45' + 1' GOOD SAVE! Zielinski plays a great one-two with Lewandowski on the edge of the box and he drills a shot on goal first time when he gets it back. It's straight down the middle and Olsen pushes it over the bar.
45' Glik is out on the left this time, and he pulls away from Lustig to curl a good cross into the middle. Olsen unconvincingly punches it away, but Swiderski can't do anything with the follow-up.
43' A couple of sloppy passes from Sweden see them on the back foot and Glik switches out to the right to swing a cross into the box. He's looking for Lewandowski in the middle, but Olsen comes off his line to collect it.
41' Jozwiak swings in a deep cross from the right this time and it looks like Larsson has dealt with it until he's closed down by Zielinski. He can't sort his feet out in time and ends up giving away a cheap corner.
39' It's better from Poland now as they stretch the play out to Puchacz on the left. He has four to aim for in the box, but he overhits his early, deep cross and it's put out for a corner.
37' Poland are seeing a lot of the ball at the moment, but they're slow to get upfield. They're knocking it around between the defenders and they're causing Sweden no problems.
35' Glik's headed clearance is straight to Forsberg and he slides a throughball into Quaison. He's forced wide to the left of the box, but he turns to swing in a cross that is blocked by Bereszynski.
33' Sweden win a free-kick down the left and Larsson is standing over it again. It's another poor set-piece from him though as he curls his cross into the first man and Lewandowski breaks on the counter.
31' Lewandowski is the first player to hit the woodwork twice in a single game at the European Championships since Thomas Muller with Germany against Northern Ireland in 2016 (also two).
29' Swiderski's cross is glanced away at the near post by Danielson, but he only gets it as far as Puchacz on the left. He curls a good ball into the far post, but it's just over Lewandowski's head and Augustinsson clears his lines.
27' Sweden are keeping their shape well when they don't have possession and they're making it difficult for Poland to find a way through. Jozwiak switches play out to Puchacz on the left, but he can't find any space and is forced to go backwards.
25' Poland win a free-kick on the left this time, but Zielinski swings another good cross into the box. He's looking for Lewandowski through the middle, but three Swedish defenders crowd him off it and clear their lines.
23' Klich cleverly switches play out to Jozwiak on the right and his first thought is to drill a low throughball into the box for Lewandowski to chase. There's too much on it though and Olsen rushes off his line to collect it.
21' It's patient play from Sweden as they keep Poland penned back in their own half again and Lindelof takes another long throw-in. This one is cleared by Swiderski and Olsson can't pick out a cross on the follow-up.
19' Olsen has stayed down following that corner holding his neck and the medical team are on to give him some treatment. He slowly gets to his feet but it looks like he'll be able to carry on.
17' OFF THE BAR TWICE! It's a great corner into the box from Zielinski and he picks out Lewandowski on the edge of the six-yard box. He thumps his first header down and it hits the underside of the bar before coming back to him and he heads it against the woodwork again from even closer range.
16' Zielinski wins the ball back on the halfway line again and he breaks quickly through the middle. He has two up with him in support and tries to cross it into Lewandowski, but it's cut out by Lindelof.
14' Poland are all over the place at the back as Ekdal slides a good pass through to Isak on the right. He cuts inside to get into the box before drilling a low shot on goal, but it's blocked by Bednarek.
12' Forsberg has scored the second-fastest goal in Euros history (81 seconds). The fastest is Dmitri Kirichenko for Russia v Greece in 2004 (01:05).
M. Danielsson
Yellow Card
Sweden
10' Danielson gives the ball away on the halfway line and clips the back of Swiderski in his attempts to make up for the mistake. The referee played the advantage before going back to book the defender.
8' Ekdal wins a free-kick on the left for Sweden and Larsson steps up to take it. It's a poor set-piece from him though as he curls his cross into the first man, and Klich heads it clear.
6' Sweden have started brightly and they're keeping the pressure on Poland here as they push high upfield. Lindelof puts a long throw-in into the box for Isak, but he can't get away from Bereszynski to have a shot.
4' Poland look rattled by the early goal and they just can't keep hold of the ball. Puchacz gives the ball away sloppily this time, but Forsberg can't sort his feet out quick enough to have another shot when he's picked out on the edge of the box.
A. Isak
Assist
Sweden
2' Assist Alexander Isak
E. Forsberg
Goal
Sweden
2' FORSBERG SCORES! What a start for Sweden! Poland have multiple attempts to clear the ball, first when Isak brings it down before Forsberg latches onto it. He takes it around Glik before firing across goal and into the far bottom corner from the left of the box. 1-0 Sweden!
1' Quaison gets the game underway for Sweden!
The teams are out on the pitch, the national anthems have been sung, and kick-off is just moments away!
Poland have won their final group stage game in both of their last two major tournaments (World Cup and Euros), beating Ukraine at Euro 2016 and Japan at the 2018 World Cup. Failing to win this match would be the first time Poland haven't won any of their three group games at such a competition since Euro 2012.
Just the one change by Paulo Sousa to Poland's line-up from the draw with Spain as well and it's an enforced one. Jakub Moder is suffering with a knee injury, so Krychowiak, who was sent off in the first game, returns to replace him.
Jan Andersson makes just one change to the side that beat Slovakia last time out. Quaison is brought in to partner Isak up front in place of Berg, who drops to the bench.
POLAND SUBS: Dawid Kownacki, Kacper Kozlowski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Lukasz Fabianski, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Karol Linetty, Jakub Swierczok, Maciej Rybus, Michal Helik, Tomasz Kedziora, Lukasz Skorupski.
POLAND STARTING XI (3-4-2-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek; Kamil Jozwiak, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mateusz Klich, Tymoteusz Puchacz; Karol Swiderski, Piotr Zielinski; Robert Lewandowski.
SWEDEN SUBS: Marcus Berg, Pontus Jansson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Emil Krafth, Pierre Bengtsson, Viktor Claesson, Gustav Svensson, Dejan Kulusevski, Jens Cajuste, Filip Helander, Ken Sema.
SWEDEN STARTING XI (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Danielson, Ludwig Augustinsson; Sebastian Larsson, Kristoffer Olsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Robin Quaison, Alexander Isak.
Sweden's draw with Spain and win over Slovakia means that they've already qualified for the knockout rounds, but their result today will determine where they finish in Group E. They'll top the group with a win today, but if they lose and the other game is drawn, then the top three will be split by goal difference. If Spain and Slovakia don't draw, but Sweden lose, they'll finish third. For Poland, it's much more straightforward. With just one point on the board, they need to win today to reach the last 16.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Euro 2020 Group E meeting between Sweden and Poland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium!