Euro 2020 Group E: Spain 1-1 Poland
Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal of Euro 2020 as Poland held Spain to a 1-1 draw. This result keeps their qualification hopes alive of reaching the knockout stages.
A defeat would have seen Poland’s tournament coming to an end. But they kept their hopes alive with a draw.
Poland fell behind after Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Spain after 25 minutes. The striker’s close-range finish was initially ruled out for offside but was reversed by the VAR review.
Lewandowski, who had struggled to make an impact in Poland’s opening-game defeat to Slovakia, equalised early in the second half when he thumped home a header in the 54th minute.
Spain had the chance to retake the lead soon after with a penalty in the 58th minute. It was awarded by referee Daniele Orsato after he had checked a challenge on Gerard Moreno on the pitchside monitor.
However, the Villarreal forward saw his effort hit the post before Morata sent the follow-up wide.
Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres headed wide as Spain pushed for a winner in the closing stages. Somehow, Morata was denied from point-blank range by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny late on to keep things level.
Slow and predictable Spain
Although Spain had chances to still win the game, too often their play was predictable and lacking in urgency.
The draw means the three-time European champions are still without a win at Euro 2020 after they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in their opener.
Spain are currently third in Group E with two points, with Slovakia second on three and Sweden sitting on top with four points.
Luis Enrique’s side play Slovakia in their final group game on Wednesday while Poland give themselves all to play for against Sweden at the same time in Group E of Euro 2020.