Sweden vs Poland Euro LIVE Football Score 23 June 2021
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In the final round of an intriguing Group E at Euro 2020, leaders Sweden seek to secure the point that would see them through to the knockout stages on Wednesday, as they meet Poland in St Petersburg. Though the Swedes will progress if they simply avoid defeat, their opponents must win to snatch a place in the top two, having picked up a solitary point from their first two games.
By virtue of two characteristically gritty performances in the opening rounds, Sweden are guaranteed to get through to the knockout phase of a European Championship for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals 17 years ago, if they can hold Poland to a draw at the Krestovsky Stadium. However, should Janne Andersson’s men lose and the other match – between Spain and Slovakia – end in a draw, they could theoretically miss out. Realistically, though, heading the group with four points – having followed up their opening goalless draw against Spain with a 1-0 defeat of Slovakia last time out – means that the pressure is off ahead of the game.
Currently competing at their sixth successive continental finals, the Blagult’s success last week may have been only the second victory in their last ten outings at the Euros, but it also extended a calendar-year unbeaten run to seven games and counting.
Though it was RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg who dispatched the winning penalty late on, substitute Robin Quaison also played a key part in Sweden’s hard-fought win – forcing that spot-kick soon after coming off the bench – while Alexander Isak was named Star of the Match by UEFA after previously shining brightly and striking the post against Spain.
The youngest ever player to score a senior international goal for the Nordic nation, Isak has so far stepped up to the challenge of deputising for Sweden’s totemic talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was ruled out this summer through injury, with serene ease.
On Wednesday, it will again be the young striker’s task to break down the opposition defence, as Andersson’s side aim to qualify by finishing as group winners, which would earn them a last-16 date with one of the third-placed nations.
- Sweden have won nine of their last 11 matches against Poland (D1 L1), including each of the last five. The last Polish victory dates back to a home friendly in August 1991 (2-0).
- Sweden and Poland’s only previous encounter at a major tournament came in the second round of the 1974 World Cup – a 1-0 win for Poland.
- None of the previous 26 matches between Sweden and Poland have ended goalless.
- Sweden have kept a clean sheet in their two Euro 2020 matches so far, a goalless draw with Spain and a 1-0 win over Slovakia. The Swedes are looking to go an entire group stage without conceding at a major tournament for the first time since the 1974 World Cup.
- Some 88% of their goals at the Euros have been scored in the second half of games (23/26), the highest percentage of any side with at least three goals at the tournament.
- Emil Forsberg has scored each of his nation’s last two goals at major tournaments, netting the winners in 1-0 victories over Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup and against Slovakia in the last game.
- Alexander Isak completed six dribbles in their 1-0 win over Slovakia, the most by a Swedish player in a Euros match since Tomas Brolin completed seven against Denmark at Euro 92. Isak has never completed more than five in a top-flight league match in his entire career.
- Poland have won just one of their last nine matches across all competitions (D4 L4), beating Andorra 3-0 in March. Their five-match winless streak (D3 L2) is their longest since September to November 2018 (six games).
- They have won their final group stage game in both of their last two major international tournaments, beating Ukraine at Euro 2016 and Japan at the 2018 World Cup. Failing to win this match would be the first time Poland have not won any of their three group stage games at such a competition since Euro 2012.
- Robert Lewandowski has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 12 starts for Poland (10 goals, four assists). He is currently level with Jakub Blaszczykowski on three European Championship goals, the joint-most by any Polish player.