European Championship - Group E
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Sweden 3-2 Poland: Emil Forsberg scores twice as Sweden knock Poland out of Euro 2020

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Euro 2020 on the BBC
Dates: 11 June-11 July. Venues: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Seville, St Petersburg. Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 Live, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.

Sweden substitute Viktor Claesson scored a 93rd-minute winner as a valiant Poland fightback proved in vain and they were eliminated from Euro 2020.

In a captivating game in St Petersburg, Sweden led 2-0 at the hour mark thanks to two goals from Emil Forsberg.

But a Robert Lewandowski double put Poland within a goal of the win they needed to advance - only for Claesson to end their hopes.

Sweden will now prepare for a last-16 tie against Ukraine at Glasgow's Hampden Park on 29 June.

The Swedes netted their first goal from open play at the tournament just 82 seconds into their final Group E game thanks to Forsberg's composed angled finish.

The RB Leipzig midfielder doubled the lead with a first-time shot - his third goal at the tournament - before Lewandowski produced a quality arrowed finish.

The Bayern Munich striker then conjured an 84th-minute equaliser, but Claesson's late goal was decisive.

Poland captain Lewandowski was earlier guilty of an incredible miss with Sweden leading 1-0.

After heading against the underside of the bar from a corner, his follow-up header from just two yards out struck the bar.

Another disappointing exit for Poland

When Poland replaced manager Jerzy Brzeczek with Portuguese Paulo Sousa in January, the reasoning from the Polish FA was that they wanted to see a more attacking style to get the best out of forward Lewandowski.

The 32-year-old, who scored 41 times in the Bundesliga in 2020-21, departs the tournament having netted three goals. It would have been four but for his incredible 17th-minute miss.

After his initial downward header bounced up and hit the underside of the bar, it rebounded back into Lewandowski's path only for him to hit the woodwork again when it looked easier to score.

Piotr Zielinski had two long-range efforts saved by Robin Olsen, who also kept out Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Poland poured forward in the second half but Sweden, with Marcus Danielson and Victor Lindelof at the centre of defence, advance to the knockout stage with confidence sky high after two wins and a draw from three group games.

Player of the match

KlichMateusz Klich

with an average of 7.96

Sweden

  1. Squad number10Player nameForsberg
    Average rating

    7.76

  2. Squad number11Player nameIsak
    Average rating

    7.57

  3. Squad number17Player nameClaesson
    Average rating

    6.99

  4. Squad number3Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    6.91

  5. Squad number7Player nameLarsson
    Average rating

    6.75

  6. Squad number21Player nameKulusevski
    Average rating

    6.72

  7. Squad number1Player nameOlsen
    Average rating

    6.55

  8. Squad number20Player nameOlsson
    Average rating

    6.53

  9. Squad number22Player nameQuaison
    Average rating

    6.51

  10. Squad number2Player nameLustig
    Average rating

    6.48

  11. Squad number16Player nameKrafth
    Average rating

    6.42

  12. Squad number24Player nameDanielson
    Average rating

    6.41

  13. Squad number8Player nameEkdal
    Average rating

    6.41

  14. Squad number9Player nameBerg
    Average rating

    6.40

  15. Squad number6Player nameAugustinsson
    Average rating

    6.38

Poland

  1. Squad number14Player nameKlich
    Average rating

    7.96

  2. Squad number9Player nameLewandowski
    Average rating

    7.72

  3. Squad number17Player namePlacheta
    Average rating

    6.69

  4. Squad number6Player nameKozlowski
    Average rating

    5.83

  5. Squad number24Player nameSwierczok
    Average rating

    5.83

  6. Squad number5Player nameBednarek
    Average rating

    5.81

  7. Squad number21Player nameJozwiak
    Average rating

    5.79

  8. Squad number20Player nameZielinski
    Average rating

    5.69

  9. Squad number19Player nameFrankowski
    Average rating

    5.56

  10. Squad number11Player nameSwiderski
    Average rating

    5.40

  11. Squad number15Player nameGlik
    Average rating

    5.34

  12. Squad number26Player namePuchacz
    Average rating

    5.29

  13. Squad number10Player nameKrychowiak
    Average rating

    5.19

  14. Squad number1Player nameSzczesny
    Average rating

    5.18

  15. Squad number18Player nameBereszynski
    Average rating

    5.17

Line-ups

Sweden

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olsen
  • 2LustigSubstituted forKrafthat 68'minutes
  • 3Lindelöf
  • 24DanielsonBooked at 10mins
  • 6Augustinsson
  • 7Larsson
  • 20Olsson
  • 8Ekdal
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forClaessonat 77'minutes
  • 22QuaisonSubstituted forKulusevskiat 55'minutes
  • 11IsakSubstituted forBergat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bengtsson
  • 9Berg
  • 12Johnsson
  • 13Svensson
  • 14Helander
  • 15Sema
  • 16Krafth
  • 17Claesson
  • 18Jansson
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 23Nordfeldt
  • 26Cajuste

Poland

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Szczesny
  • 18Bereszynski
  • 15GlikBooked at 83mins
  • 5Bednarek
  • 21JozwiakSubstituted forSwierczokat 61'minutes
  • 10KrychowiakBooked at 74minsSubstituted forPlachetaat 78'minutes
  • 14KlichSubstituted forKozlowskiat 73'minutes
  • 26PuchaczSubstituted forFrankowskiat 45'minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 11Swiderski
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 3Dawidowicz
  • 4Kedziora
  • 6Kozlowski
  • 8Linetty
  • 12Skorupski
  • 13Rybus
  • 17Placheta
  • 19Frankowski
  • 22Fabianski
  • 23Kownacki
  • 24Swierczok
  • 25Helik
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
14,252

Match Stats

Home TeamSwedenAway TeamPoland
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sweden 3, Poland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sweden 3, Poland 2.

  3. Post update

    Piotr Zielinski (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Berg (Sweden).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden 3, Poland 2. Viktor Claesson (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Emil Krafth (Sweden).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karol Swiderski (Poland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Przemyslaw Frankowski with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jakub Swierczok (Poland) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Przemyslaw Placheta with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Bartosz Bereszynski (Poland).

  11. Post update

    Marcus Berg (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bartosz Bereszynski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden 2, Poland 2. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Przemyslaw Frankowski with a cross.

  14. Booking

    Kamil Glik (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kamil Glik (Poland).

  16. Post update

    Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Przemyslaw Placheta (Poland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Poland. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.

  19. Post update

    Jan Bednarek (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden).

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