EURO 2020: Lewandowski levels for Poland against Spain encounter
SEVILLE — Poland came from behind when Robert Lewandowski struck in the 54th minute to keep his team hopes alive in the Euro 2020.
Poland drew 1-1 against Spain, where the hosts missed a second-half penalty.
Spain, who could only manage a 0-0 draw with Sweden in their opening Group E fixture, went ahead in the 25th minute through Alvaro Morata.
Poland, beaten by Slovakia in the last match, responded and were deservedly level early in the second half when Bayern Munich forward Lewandowski headed in at the back post.
There was, though, more drama to come when Spain were awarded a penalty, after the referee reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor, only for Gerard Moreno to hit the post with his spot-kick.
“I encouraged the players to be more courageous in the second half. We saw a few leaders on the pitch, most of all Robert Lewandowski. He fought all over the pitch, won challenges, passed, ran a lot and was involved in almost every move.” Poland coach Paulo Sousa said after the match.
Luis Enrique, Spain coach added that they created clear chances and probably tried too hard and overdid things instead of creating clear cut opportunities. Missing the penalty was a pity because it was at an absolute crucial moment.
The next round will be crucial when they head into their final Group E matches, when Slovakia go to Seville and Poland play Sweden.