Poland were beaten 2-1 by Slovakia in their Euro 2020 opener on Monday. Wojciech Szczesny scored an own goal before Karol Linetty and Milan Skriniar scored for Slovakia. The Poles had lost five of their six opening matches at major tournaments since 2000. Slovakia ended the day top of Group E after Spain’s goalless draw against Sweden.


In spite of the fact that Poland went into the game as weighty top choices, they never made it out of second stuff in an opening 45 minutes covered with fouls and free kicks. Slovakia went close inside 14 minutes as Ondrej Duda’s magnificent performance play saw his work wriggle past the post.

Only minutes after the fact and with a comparable entry of play, Slovakia started to lead the pack. Mak effortlessly beat Kamil Jozwiak and Bartosz Bereszynski down the left prior to shooting into the space. His shot then, at that point pinged off the post, off Szczesny’s shoulder, and into the rear of the net.

Juraj Kucka nearly multiplied Slovakia’s lead twice around the half-hour mark. His first exertion was a pleasantly struck exertion from range, however Szczesny assisted with lifting it over the bar. Kucka’s subsequent exertion was likewise saved, a header that landed effectively in Szczesny’s arms.

In the last minutes of the half, Poland started to pile up the shots, despite the fact that they finished the principal period with none on track. Krychowiak sent a loud exertion simply over Martin Dubravka’s crossbar in the pick of the odds.

Jozwiak saw an exertion whistle wide before the for the most part missing Lewandowski showed some eminent control yet no completion as he hauled a shot well askew.

However, Paulo Sousa’s half-time group talk unmistakably functioned as Poland evened out under 30 seconds after the break. Maciej Rybus sent a perfect cut-once again into the center of the space, and Linetty was holding back to tap the ball past Dubravka’s outstretched hand.

In any case, Poland was managed another brush when Krychowiak was shipped off in the 62nd moment. He was shown a subsequent yellow card after a late test on Jakub Hromada and was provided his walking orders.

Poland pushed for another equalizer as the clock ran down, with Lewandowski attempting to meet a corner, yet he was unable to arrive on schedule to turn home.

Southampton safeguard Jan Bednarek then, at that point streaked an exertion wide of the upstanding in the main moment of added time before substitute Karol Swiderski constrained a save from Dubravka.

The outcome will go down as a renowned win for Slovakia – just their second triumph at an European Championships – and the players commended fiercely at full-time.


Skriniar was tipped as a central participant for Slovakia in front of the competition, having recently won the Serie A title with Inter Milan. In contrast to his Polish partners, he totally satisfied his charging.

Slovakia expected to safeguard fearlessly on occasion, and he was at the core of that. Furthermore, we should not fail to remember his eminently taken objective, simply his third global strike.

He will be fundamental if Slovakia has any expectations of being the current year’s dark horses, having made the ideal beginning.


Poland administrator Paulo Sousa: “The thought was to be the heroes with the ball and make possibilities, and we did that. We could improve, yes. We should be better and show more boldness, particularly in our backline.

“We had worked for this present week on having a man on Skriniar, and we lost him at a corner. I need to take a gander at that and comprehend why he got himself plain.

“It’s not just the Poles who are disillusioned. I’m frustrated – the entire crew is disillusioned – in light of the fact that we can’t lose the game along these lines.


Slovakia administrator Stefan Tarkovic: “We anticipated a game like this. We had the option to keep Lewandowski out of the match. The principal half was incredible. We were sleeping for some time toward the beginning of the subsequent half, however we figured out how to score again and endure the end minutes.

“It was a great presentation from Milan Skriniar. We had arranged to attempt to keep Lewandowski calm, and it’s awesome information for me that we did.

“We had examined the Polish style of play exhaustively. Poland makes light of a ton the left side, yet Lukas Haraslin put forth an incredible attempt to snuff out that danger.

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