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Sweden prime Group E with last-gasp win over Poland at Euro 2020

Viktor Claesson struck a stoppage-time winner as Sweden beat Poland 3-2 in St Petersburg to complete prime of Group E at Euro 2020.

Sweden had led 2-0 by means of Emil Forsberg’s double earlier than Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace restored Poland’s hopes of progressing as among the best third-placed groups.

However Krasnodar winger Claesson, a second-half substitute, held his nerve to fit dwelling Sweden’s third within the fourth minute of added time.

Sweden will now play Ukraine, Czech Republic or Switzerland in Glasgow on Tuesday within the spherical of 16, whereas Group E rivals Spain face Croatia in Copenhagen on Monday following their 5-0 win in opposition to Slovakia.

Sweden, who’ve progressed from their group at a Euro finals for the primary time since reaching the quarter-finals in 2004, prolonged their unbeaten run in 2021 to eight matches.

They made a flying begin, scoring from their first assault. Forsberg burst onto the ball after team-mate Alexander Isak had been tackled on the sting of the world and drilled an emphatic end into the underside nook.

Poland ought to have equalised within the 18th minute when Lewandowski, who scored a Bundesliga document of 41 objectives this season, someway missed after having two bites of the cherry.

The Bayern Munich striker headed Piotr Zielinski’s nook in opposition to the underside of the crossbar and after the ball bounced again to him, his second header additionally struck the crossbar earlier than Sweden hacked it clear.

Poland started to get a foothold within the sport and breached the Swedes’ yellow defensive wall simply earlier than half-time.

Napoli midfielder Zielinski mixed properly with Lewandowski and arrowed a shot in direction of the highest nook, which was brilliantly saved by Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

Each goalkeepers made telling saves firstly of the second half. Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny saved out Robin Quaison’s shot and Olsen was at full stretch to maintain out Grzegorz Krychowiak’s effort.

Robert Lewandowski scores for Poland


Poland have been left a mountain to climb within the 59th minute when Forsberg struck his second for Sweden, first time from simply inside the world, following a swift counter-attack.

However Poland hit again inside two minutes by means of Lewandowski, who lower inside and curled an excellent right-footed end past Olsen.

A prolonged VAR examine then denied Poland an equaliser for offside after Jakub Swierczok had tapped dwelling from shut vary.

With time working out for Poland, spectacular substitute Przemyslaw Frankowski’s cross picked out Lewandowski, who managed and calmly slotted dwelling to arrange a grandstand finale.

It was Lewandowski’s 69th worldwide purpose in 122 appearances, however Claesson ended Poland’s hopes in added time after being arrange by Dejan Kulusevski.

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