1 - 2
FT

Karol Linetty 46' -
Scored: 46'


Grzegorz Krychowiak 62' -
Red: 62'


OG: 18'
- Wojciech Szczesny 18'

Scored: 69'
- Milan Skriniar 69'


Euro 2020 Report: Poland 1 – 2 Slovakia

Mon, Jun 14 2021

Robert Mak of Slovakia celebrates their side's first goal against Poland Credit: Joosep Martinson - UEFA/Getty Images

A second half strike from central defender Milan Skriniar gave Slovakia a 2-1 win over Poland in the opening fixture of Group E of Euro 2020 in Saint Petersburg on Monday night.

Slovakia took the lead by virtue of a Wojciech Szczesny own goal after 18 minutes. Poland equalised through Karol Linetty in the opening minute of the second half. Poland were reduced to ten men just after the hour mark following an innocuous second yellow card for Grzegorz Krychowiak before Skriniar netted the winning goal with 21 minutes to go.

Poland dominated the ball early on by moving the ball from side-to-side without creating any real clear cut chances.

Slovakia created the opening chance of the game after 14 minutes, as Ondrej Duda cut in from the left before unleashing an effort that brushed the side-netting of the Poland goal.

They took the lead four minutes later as Robert Mak did well to play the ball through the legs of Bereszynski before playing the ball off the post, off Szczesny and into the bottom corner to put the Slovaks ahead.

Poland’s first real chance came after 25 minutes when Kamil Joswiak played a ball across the box to Maciej Rybus who saw his effort from ten yards blocked and cleared by the Slovakian rear guard.

Peter Pekarik was a real  threat down Slovakia’s right all night. After 33 minutes, Pekarik received the ball from Marek Hamsik before crossing for Kucka, who headed straight at Szczesny from close range.

Krychowiak had a half chance to equalise moments later when the midfielder got onto a loose ball following an error in the Slovakia defence, before shooting narrowly over from 25 yards.

Piotr Zielenski had a similar chance moments later, as he turned and shot safely wide from 20 yards after receiving the ball from the right wing.

Robert Lewandowski had his first chance of the game moments before the break, but he couldn’t make telling contact with the ball and as a result it drifted wide of Dubravka’s post.

Poland looked much sharper when they came out for the second half, and they equalised within moments of the re-start. 

Rybus found his way to the end line before pulling the ball back for Linetty to level from close range.

A couple of minutes later Zielinski looked to put the Poles in front, as he cut in from the right before shooting wide with his left foot.

Slovakia had their first effort of the second half, as Haraslin cut in from the right before shooting narrowly wide of the far post from 20 yards.

Things took a turn for the worst for Poland just after the hour mark when Krychowiak was dismissed for a second yellow card after a foul on Hromada in the middle of the pitch. 

The call was harsh and the midfielder was certainly unlucky to be dismissed from the field of play.

Having the extra man showed for Slovakia just seven minutes later as they retook the lead. Skriniar latched onto a second ball following Hamsik’s corner before shooting, powerfully past Szczesny.

Poland didn’t muster many chances to equalise until the last five minutes of the game, when substitute Tymoteusz Puchacz fired wide from the edge of the box after a corner was cleared.

Lewandowski had a golden chance to equalise with two minutes to go when the Bayern Munich man failed to make proper contact with a corner, and as a result his close range header drifted wide of the post.

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek also had a great chance to level in the dying embers, as he scuffed a shot from 15 yards before firing a follow up effort narrowly wide of the Slovakia goal.

Next up for Slovakia is a game with Sweden in Saint Petersburg on Friday afternoon. Poland face Spain in Seville on Saturday night.

Poland: Wojciech Szczesny; Kamil Glik, Bartosz Bereszynski, Jan Bednarek, Maciej Rybus (Tymoteusz Puchacz 74); Mateusz Klich (Jakub Moder 85), Grzegorz Krychowiak, Karol Linetty (Przemyslaw Frankowski 74); Kamil Jozwiak, Robert Lewandowski (c), Piotr Zielinski (Karol Swiderski 85).
Subs not used: Kacper Kozlowski , Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Helik , Lukasz Fabianski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Przemyslaw Placheta, Lucasz Skorupski, Jakub Swierczok.
Booked: Grzegorz Krychowiak (22 + 62).
Sent off: Grzegorz Krychowiak (62).

Slovakia: Martin Dubravka; Milan Skriniar, Lubo Satka, Peter Pekarik (Martin Koscelník 78), Tomas Hubocan; Juraj Kucka, Jakub Hromada (Patrik Hrosovsky 78), Marek Hamsik (c); Robert Mak (Tomas Suslov 87), Lukas Haraslín (Michal Duris 87), Ondrej Duda (Jan Gregus 90).
Subs not used: Vladimir Weiss, Denis Vavro, Marek Rodak, Stanislav Lobotka, Dusan Kuciak, David Hancko, Laszlo Benes.
Booked: Tomas Hubocan (20) .

Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)
extratime.com Player of the Match: Peter Pekarik (Slovakia)

 

 


Poland
LNov. 15, 2020
Italy 2 - 0 Poland
LNov. 18, 2020
Poland 1 - 2 N'lands
LJune 14, 2021
Poland 1 - 2 Slovakia
DJune 19, 2021
Spain 1 - 1 Poland
LJune 23, 2021
Sweden 3 - 2 Poland
Wojciech Szczesny 1
Goalkeeper
OG: 18'
Kamil Glik 15
Defender
Bartosz Bereszynski 18
Defender
Jan Bednarek 5
Defender
Maciej Rybus 13
74'
74Subbed Off: Tymoteusz Puchacz 74'
Defender
Mateusz Klich 14
85'
85Subbed Off: Jakub Moder 85'
Midfielder
Grzegorz Krychowiak 10
Booked: 22'
Booked: 62'
Sent Off: 62'
Midfielder
Karol Linetty 8
Scored: 46'
74'
74Subbed Off: Przemyslaw Frankowski 74'
Midfielder
Kamil Jozwiak 21
Forward
© Robert Lewandowski 9
Forward
Piotr Zielinski 20
85'
85Subbed Off: Karol Swiderski 85'
Forward

Substitutes
Kacper Kozlowski 6
Midfield
Tomasz Kedziora 4
Defender
Michal Helik 25
Defender
Przemyslaw Frankowski 19
74'
74Subbed On: Karol Linetty 74'
Midfield
Lukasz Fabianski 22
Goalkeeper
Pawel Dawidowicz 3
Defender
Jakub Moder 16
85'
85Subbed On: Mateusz Klich 85'
Midfield
Przemyslaw Placheta 17
Midfield
Tymoteusz Puchacz 26
74'
74Subbed On: Maciej Rybus 74'
Defender
Lucasz Skorupski 12
Goalkeeper
Karol Swiderski 11
85'
85Subbed On: Piotr Zielinski 85'
Forward
Jakub Swierczok 24
Forward
Slovakia
WNov. 15, 2020
Slovakia 1 - 0 Scotland
LNov. 18, 2020
Czech Rep 2 - 0 Slovakia
WJune 14, 2021
Poland 1 - 2 Slovakia
LJune 18, 2021
Sweden 1 - 0 Slovakia
LJune 23, 2021
Slovakia 0 - 5 Spain
1 Martin Dubravka
Goalkeeper
14 Milan Skriniar
Defender
Scored: 69'
5 Lubo Satka
Defender
2 Peter Pekarik
Defender 78'
78Subbed Off: Martin Koscelník 78'
15 Tomas Hubocan
Defender
Booked: 20'
19 Juraj Kucka
Midfielder
25 Jakub Hromada
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: Patrik Hrosovsky 78'
17 Marek Hamsik ©
Midfielder
20 Robert Mak
Forward 87'
87Subbed Off: Tomas Suslov 87'
18 Lukas Haraslín
Forward 87'
87Subbed Off: Michal Duris 87'
8 Ondrej Duda
Forward 90'
90Subbed Off: Jan Gregus 90'

Substitutes
7 Vladimir Weiss
Midfield
3 Denis Vavro
Defender
10 Tomas Suslov
Defender 87'
87Subbed On: Robert Mak 87'
23 Marek Rodak
Goalkeeper
22 Stanislav Lobotka
Midfield
12 Dusan Kuciak
Goalkeeper
24 Martin Koscelník
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Peter Pekarik 78'
13 Patrik Hrosovsky
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Jakub Hromada 78'
16 David Hancko
Defender
6 Jan Gregus
Midfield 90'
90Subbed On: Ondrej Duda 90'
21 Michal Duris
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Lukas Haraslín 87'
11 Laszlo Benes
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group E

Date: 5 p.m. June 14, 2021

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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