Alvaro Morata scored a objective, and will have scored a second, to assist Spain beat Poland, however the 2008 and 2012 European champions as an alternative settled for a 1-1 draw within the sides’ EURO 2020 Group E conflict in Seville on Saturday.
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The outcome leaves Spain on two factors, third in Group E, forward of their final-day conflict with 2nd-place Slovakia on Wednesday (12 pm ET). Poland have only one level, however a win over Sweden may nonetheless see them by way of if Spain don’t beat Slovakia. Merely put, the whole lot — the whole lot — continues to be to play for.
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Three issues we realized: Spain – Poland
1. Morata, the great…: In opposition to the needs of seemingly each Spanish soccer fan, Morata was retained within the beginning lineup after lacking a boatload of possibilities in La Furia Roja‘s EURO 2020-opening draw with Sweden. The very least that Morata may do to repay the religion that Luis Enrique had proven in him, was to attain no less than one of many possibilities that got here his approach on Saturday. Halfway, by way of the primary half, the Juventus striker (on mortgage from Atletico Madrid) did simply that.
2. … and the unhealthy…: For each good factor that occurs to you, 100 unhealthy issues will then comply with the one good factor — that should be how Morata feels the universe operates, as a result of as quickly as he completed celebrating his objective, common service (criminally wasteful ending) resumed.
3. However, Moreno did no higher: You need to give Spain followers this: No less than when they need the beginning striker out of the crew, they’re calling for the backup striker who simply scored 30 objectives in 30 video games in the course of the season simply accomplished. In principle, he’s “a person in kind,” “acquired the new hand” — no matter your cliche of selection — and can certainly, definitely, undoubtedly and inarguably carry out higher, “if he’s simply given an opportunity.” Gerardo Moreno acquired that likelihood on Saturday, and it couldn’t have gone a lot worse.
Man of the match: Robert Lewandowski – Get pleasure from him when you nonetheless can — he’ll be 33 in a couple of weeks and this sort of kind can solely final so late right into a participant’s profession — as a result of he was merely excellent, from begin to end.
Morata’s opener got here on the sport’s first nice scoring likelihood, from completely nothing, and it occurred within the blink of a watch. Gerard Moreno tried to shoot from the sting of the field however didn’t catch the ball clear sufficient to bother anybody, if not for the ball being performed straight to the toes of Morata on the far put up. Morata was initially dominated offside by the assistant referee, however the VAR overturned the choice and awarded the objective.
Poland seemed like equalizing within the thirty fifth minute, as Robert Lewandowski acquired on the ball on the precise flank. Lewandowski labored his approach towards the tip line earlier than crossing the ball and choosing out Karol Swiderski as he made a late, near-post run. Unai Simon was fast to return off his line and compelled Swiderski into an uncomfortable shot at a really troublesome peak.
Seven minutes later, Lewandowski couldn’t consider he hadn’t scored. Tymoteusz Puchacz fired first from exterior the field and smashed the entrance facet of Simon’s right-hand put up. The rebound, in fact, fell to Lewandowski, who appeared to have a simple follow-up for Spain 1-1 Poland, however Simon acquired again to his toes and re-positioned himself to make a stellar save from point-blank vary.
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Lastly, 9 minutes into the second half, Lewandowski and Poland broke by way of. Kamil Jozwiak served up the cross for Lewandowski to contest in a 50-50 aerial duel. Benefit: Lewandowski.
Simply two minutes later, catastrophe appeared to strike Poland, as Moreno was fouled contained in the field. Thankfully for Jakub Moder, who dedicated the foul, Moreno put the spot kick off the put up and Morata despatched his follow-up effort extensive of the mark, by an astonishing distance, with a large open web staring again at him.
3 issues we realized from Spain v. Poland initially appeared on NBCSports.com