3-2 defeat to Sweden
Wed, 23/06/21, 22:47
Poland out despite Lewandowski brace
A brace from Robert Lewandowski was not enough to keep Poland in EURO 2020. The Poles lost 3-2 to Sweden in their final group match and therefore finished bottom of Group E with 1 point, behind the Scandinavians (7), Spain (5) and Slovakia (3). After a brace from Leipzig's Emil Forsberg (17', 59'), Lewandowski pulled one back with a wonderful strike in the 61st minute before giving his team hope with the equaliser in the 84th minute. However, Viktor Claesson's winner in the fourth minute of added time confirmed the Poles' exit.
Lewandowski and Co needed a win in Saint Petersburg to qualify for the round of 16, and were left with a mountain to climb after going 2-0 down. However, the Best FIFA Men's Player and captain of his country, who headed against the bar twice in the 17th minute, was determined not to give up. His curler from the left corner of the penalty area into the far top corner gave the Poles a lift. In the closing stages, the Bayern striker was again in the right place to slot in the equaliser. Then in the 89th minute, Lewandowski almost gave his side the lead from distance but Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen clawed the ball off the line, and Claesson's strike just before the end settled it. Lewandowski bows out of EURO 2020 with a personal best of three goals in the tournament - he scored one each in 2012 and 2016.