Gerard Moreno missed a penalty and Alvaro Morata missed the follow-up as Poland earned a 1-1 draw against Spain. Morata opened the scoring in the 25th minute for Spain with a neat finish. His goal will put to bed any chatter of a possible benching in the future. Morata had missed a host of chances in Spain’s opening game of Euro 2020 against Slovakia.
Lewandowski scored in the second half to become the first Polish player to score in three European Championships. Spain was awarded a penalty shortly after the equalizer when Jakob Moder stepped on Gerard Moreno. The Villareal forward hit the left post leaving the Spanish winless in their first two group matches. Group E is now finely poised with Sweden all but guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages.
Spain: Unai Simon (7), Llorente (6), Laporte (6), P. Torres (6), Alba (7), Koke (6), Rodri (6), Pedri (6), Moreno (6), Morata (7), Olmo (6).
Subs: F. Torres (6), Ruiz (5), Sarabia (6), Oyarzabal (n/a).
Poland: Szczesny (6), Bereszynski (6), Glik (6), Bednarek (7), Moder (6), Jozwiak (7), Puchacz (6), Klich (6), Zielinski (6), Lewandowski (7), Swiderski (6).
Subs: Kozlowski (6), Frankowski (5), Linetty (n/a), Dawidowicz (n/a).
Man of the Match: Robert Lewandowski
Spain head coach Luis Enrique: “I have the greatest urge to watch and analyze the match. It hasn’t left us with the best feeling – perhaps we were the dominant team, but it wasn’t enough to force the victory.” Enrique said after Spain drew with Poland. “I liked how Poland played. They created clear chances. We probably tried too hard and overdid things instead of creating clear-cut opportunities. Missing the penalty was a pity because it was at an absolutely crucial moment.”
Poland head coach Paulo Sousa: “We knew that Spain has a lot of quality. They love to dominate and win challenges. The game was intense, and our substitutes helped us a lot. I encouraged the players to be more courageous in the second half.”