Emile Forsberg scored a late penalty to take Sweden to the cusp of qualification as Sweden earned a 1-0 victory against Slovakia. After arguably the worst half of the tournament so far, Sweden turned up the pressure in the second half at Euro 2020.
Martin Dubravka made a brilliant save to deny a header from Ludwig Augustinsson. Dubravka then brought down robin Qaison in the box to give away the penalty. Emile Forsberg then stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty home. Slovakia will now face Spain in their last game of the group.
Sweden: Olsen (6), Lustig (6), Lindelof (6), Danielson (6), Augustinsson (6), Olsson (5), Ekdal (5), Larsson (6), Forsberg (6), Berg (6), Isak (7)
Subs: Claesson (6), Quaison (7), Svensson (NA), Bengtsson (NA), Krafth (NA)
Slovakia: Dubravka (6), Pekarik (6), Satka (6), Skriniar (6), Hubocan (5), Kucka (7), Hrosovsky (5), Koscelnik (5), Hamsik (6), Mak (6), Duda (6)
Subs: Haraslin (5), Weiss (NA), Benes (NA), Duris (NA), Hancko (NA)
Man of the match: Alexander Isak
Sweden boss Janne Andersson: “It’s good to have four points after two games. We’ve played seven games this year, and conceded just one goal. Our attack deserved more today, they were fantastic at times.” Andersson said after Sweden beat Slovakia. “We didn’t play the way we wanted to in the first half. Slovakia moved really well and didn’t give us anything. In the second half, we hit the ground running. Sometimes, your opponents make it difficult for you, but it was really good that we managed to get control of the match.”