Slovakia beat 10-man Poland in Group E


Robert Lewandowski of Poland looks dejected as Players of Slovakia celebrate after victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group E myatch between Poland and Slovakia at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 14, 2021 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Slovakia gained a shock victory over 10-man Poland in their European Championship Group E opener in St Petersburg.

Milan Skriniar's fine low shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area secured the three points for Slovakia, a country ranked 36th in the world.

They had taken an early lead when the ball bounced off the post and rebounded in off Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after a fine run and shot from Robert Mak.

A lovely one-touch move, calmly finished by Karol Linetty, brought the Poles level early in the second half. IMG-20210614-193621-569

But the 62nd-minute dismissal of Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak for a second booking changed the momentum of the match and Skriniar and Slovakia took full advantage seven minutes later. IMG-20210614-193547-496

The other two nations in Group E, Spain and Sweden, face each other in Seville in the late game on Monday (20:00 BST).

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