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EURO 2020: Lewandowski Goal Spoils Spain’s Night

Lewandowski celebrates after equalizing for Poland in the second half against Spain / Getty
EURO 2020: Lewandowski Goal Spoils Spain’s Night

SEVILLE, Spain. June 19 (AP) – Robert Lewandowski helped keep Poland alive at the UEFA EURO 2020 by scoring a second-half equalizer in a draw with Spain on Saturday.

Final Score: Spain – Poland 1:1

Álvaro Morata ended his scoring drought by putting Spain ahead in the 25th minute but Lewandowski evened things in the 54th with a header for only his third goal with the national team at a major tournament.

Spain striker Gerard Moreno missed a penalty kick shortly after Lewandowski’s goal and Morata then missed an open net after after the ball rebounded off the post.

The result leaves Sweden at the top of Group E with four points after its win over Slovakia on Friday. Slovakia is second with three points while Spain has two. Poland still has a chance of advancing at UEFA EURO 2020 despite being last in the group with one point.

Spain again paid for its mistakes in front of the net, squandering some good scoring opportunities and being unable to keep Lewandowski in check in one of the few significant chances Poland had in the attack.

Lewandowski, who entered the tournament with only two goals at either a World Cup or a European Championship, was under the spotlight after being held scoreless in the team’s 2:1 loss to Slovakia in the opener.

He had a clear chance to break his drought in the first half against Spain when he picked up a rebound inside the area and found himself free from markers in front of the net. But he could not get the ball past Spain goalkeeper Unai Simón, who stopped the ball with his chest. The rebound came after a shot by Karol Swiderski hit the post.

Morata had been singled out by fans and Spanish media for his misses in the opening 0:0 draw against Sweden, but he found the net from close range after making a nice move around his marker.

The goal was initially called off for offside but eventually was confirmed after a quick video review. Morata ran toward the bench to celebrate with coach Luis Enrique, who kept him in the starting lineup despite the criticism.

The pass to Morata for the goal came from Moreno, the only change to the squad made by Luis Enrique after the opening draw.

Fans had been calling for Moreno to play from the start of Euro 2020 following his superb season with Villarreal, but he missed the penalty kick that could have put Spain back in front on Saturday.

Also, 17-year-old Poland midfielder Kacper Kozlowski became the youngest player in the history of the European Championship after going on as a substitute just before Lewandowski scored.

Kozłowski was born on Oct. 16, 2003. England midfielder Jude Bellingham, who was born on June 29, 2003, held the milestone for only six days.

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Spain – Poland 1:1 (1:0)
Goals: Morata 25′ – Lewandowski 54′

Yellow carded: Torres, Rodri – Klich, Moder, Jóźwiak, Lewandowski
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy) Attendance: 11 742

Spain: 23. Unai Simón – 6. Marcos Llorente, 24. Aymeric Laporte, 4. Pau Torres, 18. Jordi Alba – 8. Koke (68, 22. Pablo Sarabia), 16. Rodri Hernández, 26. Pedri González – 9. Gerard Moreno (68, 17. Fabián Ruiz), 7. Álvaro Morata (87, 21. Mikel Oyarzabal), 19. Dani Olmo (61, 11. Ferran Torres)

Poland: 1. Wojciech Szczęsny – 21. Kamil Jóźwiak, 18. Bartosz Bereszyński, 15. Kamil Glik, 5. Jan Bednarek (85, 3. Paweł Dawidowicz), 26. Tymoteusz Puchacz – 14. Mateusz Klich (55, 6. Kacper Kozłowski), 20. Piotr Zieliński, 16. Jakub Moder (85, 8. Karol Linetty) – 11. Karol Świderski (68, 19. Przemysław Frankowski), 9. Robert Lewandowski

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