Robert Lewandowski claims valuable point for Poland to deny Spain to Seville
Robert Lewandowski struck to keep Poland’s Euro 2020 hopes alive after coming from behind to draw Spain 1-1 in Seville, where the hosts missed a second-half penalty.
Pain, who could only manage a 0-0 draw against Sweden in their first Group E game, took the 25th-minute lead thanks to Alvaro Morata, after his close-range effort went downhill. initially ruled out for offside before being canceled by VAR.
Poland, beaten by Slovakia in St. Petersburg on Monday, responded and were deservedly tied early in the second half when Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski headed to the far post.
There was, however, more drama to come when Spain received a penalty, after the referee looked at the incident on the field monitor, only for Gerard Moreno to hit the post with his kick and Morata then hit the rebound wide.
Both sides still have their qualifiers in hand ahead of their final Group E matches, when Slovakia travel to Sevilla and Poland face Sweden – who collected three points in their second game – in St. Petersburg.
Poland had created a first chance when Mateusz Klich tried his luck with a long-distance effort, which flew just overhead.
However, it was Spain who took the lead as they took the lead midway through the first half.
Morata swept away a low cross from Moreno, which was quickly flagged offside – only for VAR to overturn the decision and allow the goal to stay.
After seeing his 20th international goal confirmed, Atletico Madrid frontman Morata – who had gone four scoreless games – ran straight to celebrate with coach Luis Enrique.
Spain were close to a second when Gerard’s 20-yard free kick wound up just outside Wojciech Szczesny’s right post.
Poland threatened when Lewandowski sent the ball to Karol Swiderski at the near post.
The PAOK forward, however, could only hit a volley over the bar at close range as he looked ready for a simple header.
Poland should have equalized just before half-time.
Swiderski’s weak 20-meter run crashed into the base of the post and Lewandowski – who plundered a Bundesliga record of 41 goals for Bayern last season – sent the rebound straight to Unai Simon at close range.
There was still time for Spain to break the left thanks to Jordi Alba, and Moreno sent a weak effort into the side net.
Poland got off to a good start in the second half and equalized by Lewandowski in the 54th minute when he managed a Kamil Jozwiak deep cross at the far post.
Spain, however, had a chance to quickly regain the lead.
Moreno fell into the box following a challenge from Jakub Moder when contact on the Spaniard’s foot seemed minimal.
Initially, Italian referee Daniele Orsato had not committed a fault, but was asked to review the incident – and he then signaled a penalty.
Moreno hit his free kick against the base of Szczesny’s right post, and Morata stabbed the rebound off.
Substitute Ferran Torres peeked off the target before Szczesny bravely saved from Morata and the Manchester City man collapsed.