Sweden take huge step towards last 16 with win over Slovakiaon June 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm

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Emil Forsberg’s second-half penalty ensures Sweden take a huge step towards qualifying for the last 16 at Euro 2020 with victory against Slovakia in St Petersburg.

RB Leipzig’s Forsberg slotted in with 13 minutes remaining after substitute Robin Quaison was brought down by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

The spot-kick ended a run of 365 minutes without a goal for Sweden at the European Championship, since their opening group game at Euro 2016.

While Slovakia could have secured their progress to the knockout stages with a win, Sweden now lead Group E with four points – one more than Slovakia who face Spain in their final match.

In the first meeting between the sides at a major tournament, an uninspiring first half witnessed five attempts at goal, with Sweden captain Sebastian Larsson’s deflected effort from outside the penalty area the only one on target.

Janne Andersson’s side came to life after the interval, however, as Dubravka produced a superb save to keep out Ludwig Augustinsson’s header before Marcus Danielson headed over from the resulting corner.

Sweden required just 25 minutes to record more passes than in the entirety of their one-sided opener against Spain, in which they held out for a point despite managing just 15% possession and one shot on target.

Having impressed in that match, 21-year-old Alexander Isak – La Liga’s young player of the year after scoring 17 goals in 34 games last season – was initially starved of opportunities.

But he starred as Sweden asserted themselves in the second half, which saw Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar produce an excellent sliding tackle to block Isak’s strike shortly after the restart.

Real Sociedad striker Isak, who at 17 became his nation’s youngest scorer with a goal against Slovakia in a 2017 friendly, forced Dubravka into action following a delightful driving run.

That was one of six dribbles he completed in the game – the most by a player at Euro 2020 so far – and fittingly it was Isak who played the ball into Quaison as he won the decisive spot-kick.

Defeat ended a six-match winning streak for Slovakia, who will be keeping close watch as Spain take on Poland in the other Group E match on Saturday (20:00 BST).

What’s next?

The final round of Group E games take place on Wednesday at 17:00, when Slovakia face Spain and Sweden take on Poland.

Sweden

  1. Squad number11Player nameIsak
    Average rating

    7.86

  2. Squad number3Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    6.97

  3. Squad number10Player nameForsberg
    Average rating

    6.92

  4. Squad number6Player nameAugustinsson
    Average rating

    6.35

  5. Squad number1Player nameOlsen
    Average rating

    6.32

  6. Squad number7Player nameLarsson
    Average rating

    6.20

  7. Squad number24Player nameDanielson
    Average rating

    6.16

  8. Squad number22Player nameQuaison
    Average rating

    6.15

  9. Squad number2Player nameLustig
    Average rating

    6.09

  10. Squad number20Player nameOlsson
    Average rating

    6.05

  11. Squad number16Player nameKrafth
    Average rating

    6.01

  12. Squad number8Player nameEkdal
    Average rating

    5.87

  13. Squad number13Player nameSvensson
    Average rating

    5.76

  14. Squad number9Player nameBerg
    Average rating

    5.76

  15. Squad number17Player nameClaesson
    Average rating

    5.63

  16. Squad number5Player nameBengtsson
    Average rating

    5.60

Slovakia

  1. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
    Average rating

    6.57

  2. Squad number17Player nameHamsik
    Average rating

    5.95

  3. Squad number8Player nameDuda
    Average rating

    5.91

  4. Squad number14Player nameSkriniar
    Average rating

    5.91

  5. Squad number19Player nameKucka
    Average rating

    5.90

  6. Squad number24Player nameKoscelnik
    Average rating

    5.65

  7. Squad number20Player nameMak
    Average rating

    5.56

  8. Squad number7Player nameWeiss
    Average rating

    5.52

  9. Squad number15Player nameHubocan
    Average rating

    5.52

  10. Squad number18Player nameHaraslín
    Average rating

    5.33

  11. Squad number5Player nameSatka
    Average rating

    5.28

  12. Squad number13Player nameHrosovsky
    Average rating

    5.22

  13. Squad number2Player namePekarík
    Average rating

    5.16

  14. Squad number11Player nameBénes
    Average rating

    5.15

  15. Squad number16Player nameHancko
    Average rating

    5.04

  16. Squad number21Player nameDuris
    Average rating

    4.91

Line-ups

Sweden

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olsen
  • 2Lustig
  • 3Lindelöf
  • 24Danielson
  • 6AugustinssonSubstituted forBengtssonat 88’minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 20OlssonBooked at 23minsSubstituted forClaessonat 64’minutes
  • 8EkdalSubstituted forSvenssonat 88’minutes
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forKrafthat 90+3’minutes
  • 9BergSubstituted forQuaisonat 64’minutes
  • 11Isak

Substitutes

  • 5Bengtsson
  • 12Johnsson
  • 13Svensson
  • 14Helander
  • 15Sema
  • 16Krafth
  • 17Claesson
  • 18Jansson
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 22Quaison
  • 23Nordfeldt
  • 26Cajuste

Slovakia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1DúbravkaBooked at 76mins
  • 2PekaríkSubstituted forHaraslínat 64’minutes
  • 5Satka
  • 14Skriniar
  • 15HubocanSubstituted forHanckoat 85’minutes
  • 19Kucka
  • 13HrosovskySubstituted forDurisat 84’minutes
  • 24Koscelnik
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forBénesat 77’minutes
  • 20MakSubstituted forWeissat 76’minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 8DudaBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 4Valjent
  • 6Gregus
  • 7Weiss
  • 9Bozeník
  • 11Bénes
  • 12Kuciak
  • 16Hancko
  • 18Haraslín
  • 21Duris
  • 22Lobotka
  • 23Rodák
  • 25Hromada
Referee:
Daniel Siebert
Attendance:
11,525

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Match ends, Sweden 1, Slovakia 0.

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