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LIVE: Poland vs Slovakia

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Poland have been underwhelming in the first half and easily exposed by Slovakia on the break. Paulo Sousa has a big team-talk ahead of him to get a response out of his players for the second half.

An own goal from Wojciech Szczesny has handed Slovakia a 1-0 lead over Poland at the break in their Euro 2020 Group E clash. Robert Mak made a incisive run into the box before striking at goal to force the mistake from the Poland keeper, breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute. Slovakia deserve their lead, having played the better the football. However, it’s only job half done for Stefan Tarkovic and his team.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: POLAND 0-1 SLOVAKIA

45′ There will be one minute of added time.

44′ Hamsik takes possession on the right flank and runs at the Poland defence. He lines up an ambitious strike at goal that fails to penetrate the wall of white shirts on the edge of the box.

42′ WIDE! Rybus works an offload inside to Lewandowski in the box. He takes a touch, only to slice his left-footed strike wide of the target.

41′ Duda has space to roam in the Poland half, but he sends an awful pass out to the left flank with team-mates in support on the edge of the box.

39′ Slovakia have been the better team as we approach the interval. They deserve their lead, but there is still plenty of work ahead for Tarkovic and his men.

37′ The game continues to open up. Linetty is the latest player to have a crack at goal from distance, only to slice his effort wide of the target.

37′ Space opens up for Hamsik to have a drive at goal. He stops 20 yards out and goes for a left-footed effort that he sends comfortably wide.

35′ WIDE! Zielinski tries to find space in the final third and he goes for a strike at goal that he drags wide of the right post. Poland need more from their creative players.

34′ OVER! A mis-communication between Hromada and Kucka allows Krychowiak to take possession. He hammers a strike towards goal that just travels over the bar.

33′ Hamsik offloads towards Pekarik down the right flank and he floats a cross into the box for Kucka to attack. He rises to connect with a header, but he nods his attempt straight at Szczesny.

30′ Hubocan feeds Hamsik on the left edge of the Poland penalty area, but his drive is well blocked by Glik .

28′ Although a harsh one – Szczesny has become the first ever goalkeeper to score an own goal at the European Championship finals.

27′ OVER! Kucka latches on to a poor clearance from the Poland defence and takes a touch before striking at goal in his right foot. He unleashes a good shot that just travels over the bar.

26′ Slovakia counter at the other end of the field and Haraslin makes a neat move into the box. He gets crowded out before he can shoot, although Pekarik takes on an effort from distance that is deflected behind.

26′ Jozwiak drops his shoulder down the right flank and sends a dangerous low cross into the box. Lewandowski cannot connect on the slide before Rybus sees his effort blocked by Kucka tracking back.

24′ Slovakia can play the game on their terms now. It will be tricky for Poland to put them under pressure, playing into the strength of Stankovic’s side.

G. Krychowiak

Yellow Card

Poland

22′ Krychowiak trips Hromada on the charge and goes into the book.

Slovakia

20′ Hubocan brings down Krychowiak before he can break forward from the middle of the park. The full-back goes into the book.

Poland

18′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! SLOVAKIA TAKE THE LEAD!!!! 1-0!!!!!!! An own goal from Szczesny puts Slovakia in front, although all the credit goes to Mak for a brilliant run and low strike towards goal that draws the mistake. The winger takes possession on the left flank and bamboozles Bereszynski and Jozwiak with a neat turn to surge between the two defenders. He surges into the left-inside channel before placing his effort past Szczesny, who should arguably do better to keep the ball out. He gets the credit for an own goal as the ball strikes him before heading into the back of the net.

16′ Zielinski takes the resulting free-kick, but his delivery sails over the players in the area and eases the pressure on the Slovakia defence.

15′ Zielinski has been active in the early stages and he draws a foul from Kucka in the final third.

14′ WIDE! Duda collects on the left flank and has a run at the Poland defence by cutting inside. He shoots with power on his right foot, but his effort just travels wide of the left post, striking the side-netting.

13′ Hubocan almost plays Dubravka into trouble at the back with a short backpass, but the keeper reacts to clear ahead of Jozwiak.

10′ Satka puts his body on the line at the back post to clear Jozwiak’s cross away from the lurking presence of Rybus on the charge.

9′ Kucka brings down Klich on the right flank, handing Poland a free-kick. Linetty angles a cross into the box, but Dubravka comes through a crowd of players to clear the danger.

7′ Poland have made a bright start to the contest and are looking to bring Lewandowski into the game whenever possible.

5′ Zielinski offloads to Lewandowski in space in the box. He turns to shoot on his right foot, but Satka makes another important block.

4′ Lewandowski takes possession in the final third and he unleashes a strike at goal that is blocked by Satka on the edge of the Slovakia box.

2′ Hromada is brought down by Krychowiak and the referee awards a free-kick to Slovakia. Duda lifts a delivery into the box that is headed across the face of goal by Skriniar, but Lewandowski is on hand to clear.

1′ We’re under way in Saint Petersburg.

Only one of the previous eight matches between Poland and Slovakia has ended in a draw (3 wins for Poland, 4 for Slovakia). Their last meeting ended in a 2-0 win for Slovakia back in November 2013, courtesy of goals from Juraj Kucka and Robert Mak, the latter’s first for the national team.

Slovakia have made one change to their side from their draw against Austria in their final warm-up game. Hamsik returns to the fold and will start behind Duda, who leads the line. Ivan Schranz makes way from the team and does not make the bench.

Poland have made six changes to their side that drew against Iceland in their final warm-up game. Bereszynski, Rybus and Bednarek all come into the backline for Sousa’s men. Linettey and Klich get the starts in the middle of the park alongside Krychowiak. Jozwiak gets the nod to play alongside Zielinski and Lewandowski in the final third.

SLOVAKIA SUBS: Denis Varo, Jan Gregus, Vladimir Weiss, Tomas Suslov, Laszlo Benes, Dusan Kuciak, Patrik Hrosovsky, David Hancko, Michal Duris, Stanislav Lobotka, Marek Rodak, Martin Koscelnik.

SLOVAKIA (4-2-3-1): Martin Dubravka; Peter Pekarik, Lubomir Satka, Milan Skriniar, Tomas Hubocan; Juraj Kucka, Jakub Hromada; Lukas Haraslin, Marek Hamsik, Robert Mak; Ondrej Duda.

POLAND SUBS: Pawel Dawidowicz, Tomasz Kedziora, Kacper Kozlowski, Karol Swiderski, Lukasz Skorupski, Jakub Moder, Przemyslaw Placheta, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Jakub Swierczok, Michal Helik, Tymoteusz Puchacz.

POLAND (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek, Maciej Rybus; Karol Linetty, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mateusz Klich; Kamil Jozwiak, Robert Lewandowski, Piotr Zielinski.

Slovakia reached the Euros at the expense of Northern Ireland in their playoff clash courtesy of a Michal Duris’ winner in extra-time. Stefan Tarkovic’s men were in the competition five years ago and reached the round of 16 where they were soundly beaten by Germany. It was a learning experience for Slovakia and they will have been richer for it. They carry a five-match unbeaten run into the Euros, although one of those was a victory which came against Russia in a World Cup qualifier in March. Slovakia need to be flawless today.

Poland are not in great form entering the competition, winning only one of their last seven games. They drew against Russia and Iceland in their warm-up matches, while their last competitive action resulted in a 2-1 defeat to England in a World Cup qualifier. Tournament football tends to throw the form book out of the window and Poland will be determined to make a similar run to their last experience at the Euros where they reached the quarter-finals. However, Paulo Sousa and his men need a good start this evening in a competitive group.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 Group E clash between Poland and Slovakia in Saint Petersburg.

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