First in the group before these last group matches, the Swedes snatched the victory (3-2) over Poland carried by Robert Lewandowski, author of a double. A success that keeps the Swedes in first place, ahead of Roja, disappointing so far, which inflicted a “manita” on Slovakia (5-0). The biggest box of this group stage.
Spain reassures itself by humiliating Slovakia
Forced into a draw against Sweden and then Poland, Spain won their ticket to the round of 16 at the expense of Slovakia, who only needed one point. La Roja won (5-0) in Seville, largely dominating the match. At half-time, the Spaniards had shot thirteen times on goal, against 0 for the Slovaks, with among these shots, the penalty of Alvaro Morata, in the 10th minute, stopped by Martin Dubravka.
But while the Slovak goalkeeper had been unstoppable so far, he made a big mistake in the 30th minute, worthy of a bug in the FIFA video game: on a strike from Pablo Sarabia blocked by the crossbar, the doorman punched the ball, which fell, into his own cage. And while Dubravka was still left with strawberries, the neo-Spaniard Aymeric Laporte widened the score, with a header, in added time of the first period (45th + 3).
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La Roja established his domination in the second period, through Pablo Sarabia (56th) before taking off thanks to the new entrant Ferran Torres (67th), served by the Parisian. A goal against his camp of Kucka completed the Spanish demonstration (71st). These five goals conceded are fatal to Slovakia, which is eliminated due to too bad a goal difference. Spain will face Croatia in the round of 16.
Sweden consolidates its first place, narrowly, against Poland
The Swedes, who had four points before this last meeting, trembled against Poland (3-2). They opened the scoring in the second minute, through Emil Forsberg, on their only shot of the first period. The Poles, led by Robert Lewandowski, pushed to equalize, but the serial goalscorer Bayern Munich lacked precision by touching the bar twice on the same occasion in the 18th minute. Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen then remained vigilant.
Taking advantage of the Polish lack of efficiency, Sweden thought of taking cover with a second goal from Emil Forsberg in the 59th minute, but it was without counting on the immediate reaction of Poland and Robert Lewandowski. The Bavarian striker even imagined allowing his team to hang on to a draw, by equalizing in the 84th minute, but Claesson gave the Swedes the advantage in added time (90th + 4), allowing his team to resume the first place of the group to Spain. Sweden do not yet know their opponent, but will inherit Finland, Ukraine or the Czech Republic.