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Poland vs Slovakia UEFA EURO LIVE Football Score 14 June 2021

Poland vs Slovakia UEFA EURO LIVE Football Score 14 June 2021

MATCH INFO

Start date: 14 Jun 2021 21:00
Location: Saint Petersburg Venue: Gazprom Arena
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan, Romania
Avg. cards: 0.25 4.95

ABOUT THE MATCH

As the Eagles enter the finals with their only win this year coming against lowly Andorra, the pressure is on coach Paulo Sousa to start with a win in Russia’s cultural capital. Coming into the tournament amid a grim run of form, Poland kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Group E outsiders Slovakia on Monday, in St Petersburg.

As the Eagles enter the finals with their only win this year coming against lowly Andorra, the pressure is on coach Paulo Sousa to start with a win in Russia’s cultural capital. However, their opening game of the much-delayed event could prove decisive in the final analysis, as they must also encounter the experience and collective will of Sweden, after meeting a new-look Spanish side in their second outing.

The tactical tinkering of wildcard coach Paulo Sousa has so far proved unsuccessful since his appointment in place of previous boss Jerzy Brzeczek earlier this year, which came after the latter had serenely steered his nation through qualifying.

Having struggled under Brzeczek when the Nations League resumed last November, coaching itinerant Sousa has gone on to experiment with different personnel and tactical setups. However, in their opening Qatar 2022 qualifying fixtures, Poland picked up only one point from meetings with chief rivals England and Hungary; defeating humble Andorra in between.

Not only that, but in the Eagles’ warm-up friendlies this month, they have been held to draws by both Russia and Iceland – extending their winless streak against top-tier nations to the best part of seven months. In fact, only Karol Swiderski’s late equaliser – as Sousa fielded a strong XI against the Icelanders – saved them from falling to a morale-sapping defeat last time out.

In the plus column, though, Poland can turn to their captain, most-capped player and all-time leading marksman to fire them to a successful start on Monday, with Robert Lewandowski currently the Bundesliga’s most lethal penalty-box predator and one of the most admired strikers across the continent. A nation of 38 million football fanatics will be depending upon it, as the Poles attempt to make their fourth successive attempt at the finals as successful as their last, five years ago, when they made it to the last eight; losing only to eventual champions Portugal on penalties.

 

 

 

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