Spain 1-1 Poland: Lewandowski header earns Poland crucial point against Spain
(Photo by LLUIS GENE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Spain and Poland fought hard to share the spoils in a hard-fought encounter in front of an unimpressed Spanish crowd in Seville.  

The result leaves both sides in danger in Group E and means that everything will be to play for going into the final matchday next week.

Story of the match

There was a real intensity to the game from the get-go in the South of Spain, with both nations laying down their intentions from the very start.

The first real opening of the game went the way of the visiting Poland at the Estadio La Cartuja, Leeds United's Mateusz Klich testing his luck from range, his strike skimming off the top netting. 

After the early scare, Spain really started to take control of proceedings and it came as no surprise when they took the lead after 25 minutes, Alvaro Morata scoring his first goal of the tournament getting a touch on a scuffed strike from Gerard Moreno.

After withstanding a significant amount of pressure from Spain, Poland really started to grow into the game in the latter parts of the first half and had a handful of chances to level proceedings. The closest they came was when Tymoteusz Puchacz struck the post, the rebound fell to star player Robert Lewandowski whose shot was straight at Unai Simón. A huge let-off for Spain, an uncharacteristic miss for Lewandowski.

The sustained spell of Poland pressure will have lifted their spirits and provided food for thought to coach Paolo Sousa, nonetheless, they found themselves behind at the end of the first half. 

Poland continued to threaten after the restart though and Robert Lewandowski finally made his mark in the tournament, with a lovely header beating Unai Simón in the Spanish goals. A big man for the big moments stepping forward for his country with a huge goal.

But Poland were under threat immediately after their equaliser and had a massive let-off when Gerard Moreno smashed the post from 12 yards after Spain were awarded a penalty, justice for a penalty decision that was rather soft, the match for the time being remaining level.

Spain continued to have the game's better chances after this as they pushed for a winner, Manchester City's Ferran Torres went close, his strike wide of the right post.

The hosts squandered another huge chance late on when Wojciech Szczęsny produced an excellent piece of bravery, rushing off his line to deny Alvaro Morata and remind the world why he's such a talented goalkeeper. A crucial save and perhaps some redemption for the former Arsenal man Szczęsny after a poor display in Poland's first game on Monday.

That would be the final chance for Spain, who were once again denied victory and now find themselves under threat of elimination going into their final game next week. A poor result for the hosts, an excellent result for the visiting Poland who are off the mark and keep their hopes alive for next week. Everything is still to play for in Group E.

Takeaways from the game

Spain in danger 

For all their dominance in the encounter, it was yet another draw for Spain who remain 3rd in Group E and are in great danger of being knocked out.

La Roja once again failed to deliver a standout performance and while the fellow favourites to win Euro 2020, with the exception of Germany and Portugal are already planning for the knockout stages, there's no guarantee that Spain will even be in the last 16.

Ultimately, it will all go down to the final matchday for Luis Enrique and his team and only a win against Slovakia will seal their qualification. If they fail to win the three-time champions will be out, an outcome that would send shockwaves through Europe.

Man of the match

Robert Lewandowski

Being a goal down away from home against Spain, knowing a defeat will see you eliminated from the tournament is a position you would dread to be in, but under a magnitude of pressure Poland and their main man Robert Lewandowski stepped up to keep their hopes alive.

The Best FIFA Men's Player of 2020 showed why he's one of the greatest players of his generation with his header in the 54th minute that left Unai Simón with no chance.

A huge moment for Poland as Lewandowski stepped up to keep them alive in Euro 2020 ahead of a crucial clash with Sweden next week. A special mention should also go to Wojciech Szczęsny who produced an array of exceptional saves which were just as important for Poland earning a point from the game.

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