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Welcome to this European Championship live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Jeroen van Barneveld and I will keep you informed of all developments around the European Championship.

  • Program:

  • Spain-Sweden (9:00 PM)

  • Results:

  • Scotland-Czech Republic 0-2

  • Poland-Slovakia 1-2

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The setups trickle in.

In the absence of the corona-infected Sergio Busquets, FC Barcelona revelation Pedri is in midfield with Koke and Rodri.

Remarkably enough, Unai Simón is preferred over David De Gea under the Spanish bar.

Spain lineup: 

Unai Simon;

M. Llorente, Laporte, P. Torres, Jordi Alba;

Koke, Rodri, Pedri;

F. Torres, Morata, Olmo.

Sweden line-up: 


Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson;

Larsson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg;

Berg, Isaac.

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Sweden also had to deal with two corona cases.

First, Dejan Kulusevski tested positive, followed not much later by Mattias Svanberg.

They are also still missing from the team of national coach Janne Andersson in Seville.

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Slowly we are going to focus in this live blog on today's last match at the European Championship: Spain-Sweden.

It was long uncertain in which composition Spain would take on Sweden, because Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for corona, after which national coach Luis Enrique took a precautionary measure by playing with a promise team in the goodbye match against Lithuania.

There is no longer any panic.

With the exception of Busquets, everyone is there in Seville.

Llrorente's test turned out to be a false positive, allowing him to sit on the couch.

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Slovakia then celebrates a small party on the field.

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A beautiful image after the final whistle: match winner Milan Skriniar lets out a primal cry of euphoria.

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Beautiful images from Saint Petersburg: Slovakia's players celebrate exuberantly after the victory over Poland.

They know all too well that they are almost certain of the next round at this European Championship.

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Slovakia win its second ever match at a European Championship by beating Poland 1-2 in St. Petersburg.

After more than fifteen minutes of play, the Slovaks take the lead through an own goal by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, after which Karol Linetty scores the equalizer 32 seconds after the break.

Shortly after a red card for the Pole Grzegorz Krychowiak, Milan Skriniar scores the winning goal for the Slovaks.

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90+1 'What an incredible chance for Polish defender Jan Bednarek on the 2-2.

His left-handed shot goes millimeters down the wrong side of the post from a Polish perspective.

This should have been it for Poland.

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88 'Well, there it is still almost 2-2.

Jakub Moder puts the ball nicely in front from a corner, but no Pool can walk in it.

Robert Lewandowski only touches the ball with his head.

There could have been more to it.

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Substitution at Slovakia: 

this change at Slovakia is worth mentioning, because FC Groningen midfielder Tomás Suslov comes in to finish the victory of the visitors.

This way, this game still gets an Eredivisie touch.

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85 'There is a first opportunity for Poland on the 2-2.

Tymoteusz Puchacz takes a deflected corner from the edge of the penalty area directly onto the slipper, but the Pole does it way too wildly and unsurprisingly, the ball ends up in the high stands in St Petersburg.

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The emotions can be guessed by Polish captain Robert Lewandowski after Slovakia's 1-2: a mixture of disappointment and anger.

Poland has to look for the equalizer with ten men, but there doesn't seem to be much faith.

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Milan Skriniar is in ecstasy after his goal in Saint Petersburg.

Slovakia is only fifteen minutes away from its second ever victory at a European Championship.

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69' GOAL Slovakia!


Less than ten minutes after the red card for the Pole Grzegorz Krychowiak, Slovakia is benefiting from the man-more situation.

Defender Milan Skriniar shoots the ball from a corner as a striker behind the Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who again has no chance.

Poland faces a very difficult task in Saint Petersburg.

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Grzegorz Krychowiak also realizes here that he has committed a very stupid act by taking his second yellow card of the game.

He leaves Poland in the lurch with this.

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Red card for Poland! 

There the first red card of this European Championship falls and it comes in the name of Grzegorz Krychowiak.

The Polish midfielder steps on the foot of Jakub Hromada and rightly receives his second yellow card from referee Ovidiu Hategan.

What a stupid foul by the Pole, just when his team is in control of the game.

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58 'Robert Lewandowski can prepare for a free kick of such a size, bit 23 meters, but the striker has to wait even longer for his first goal at this European Championship.

The attempt goes high through the wall.

The ensuing corner kick does nothing for Poland either.

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Dismay at captain Marek Hamsík and Róbert Mak, so far the trendsetters in Slovakia.

The Slovaks are currently being played from pillar to post by Poland.

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53 'And another chance for Poland, which never scored once in the first half.

Kamil Glik heads over from a cross.

The defender was completely free.

That gives us something to think about for Slovakia.

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51 'Karol Linetty is already close to his second goal for Poland.

The midfielder is the end station of a smooth attack by the Poles and is completely free in the Slovakian penalty area, but his shot lacks power and direction.

Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka easily grabs the ball from the field.

Slovakia has completely lost it, while Poland has undergone a rebirth in peace.

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Karol Linetty screams with joy after his equalizer for Poland against Slovakia.

It is for the midfielder of the Italian Torino his first goal in a final tournament.

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46' GOAL Poland!


The second half is 32 seconds old when the score is already in balance.

Karol Linetty only half touches the ball on a cross from Maciej Rybus, but Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka just can't reach it and has to capitulate.

This promises something for the remainder of the second half.

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Kick off! 

The ball rolls again in Saint Petersburg for the second half of Poland-Slovakia.

One reassurance: it can only get better than the first half.

Can Poland wipe out the 0-1 deficit after the lousy performance before halftime?

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Poland has never fired a shot on target in the first half against Slovakia.

It shows the attacking impotence of the Poles, even though they have the best striker in the world with Robert Lewandowski on the edge of the attack.

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Despite the sweltering weather, the Dutch viewers have not yet become very warm from Poland-Slovakia.

The only moment of excitement is Róbert Mak's dribble, which leads to Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny's own goal in the eighteenth minute.

Thus, Slovakia leads 0-1 against the poor Poland.

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42 'Finally a piece of class in this poor match, and of course Robert Lewandowski is the one who takes care of that.

The Poland striker takes a pass from the left very nicely and can therefore strike right, but his shot misses the target.

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36 'Marek Hamsík shows himself for the first time in this match with a shot from a distance, but the attempt by the characterful Slovak goes far wide.

The action before that by Ondrej Duda was a lot nicer.

With the Zidane move, he sent two Poles into the woods, but Hamsík failed to promote the dribble to a goal.

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The unfortunate moment for Wojciech Szczesny.

Róbert Mak initially shoots the post, but the ball then lands on the back of the Polish goalkeeper, after which he rolls over the goal line.

It is therefore the first own goal by a keeper ever at a European Championship.

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27 'That does not make much difference, dear Juraj Kucka.

The Slovakian midfielder tries his luck from a distance, but the ball drops just too late and skims the roof of the goal.

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22 'Róbert Mak's goal officially goes into the books as an own goal by Wojciech Szczesny, because the ball ended up in the goal through the Polish goalkeeper's back after the Slovak hit the inside of the post first.

Bad luck for Mak, who deserved this goal after his fine dribble.

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18' GOAL Slovakia!


What a great goal by Róbert Mak for Slovakia!

The left half dribbles nicely past Kamil Józwiak and plays Bartosz Bereszynski through the legs, after which he shoots the ball through the inside of the post behind the Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Slovakia surprisingly takes the lead in Saint Petersburg.

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Robert Lewandowski has been able to hit twice so far, but is not yet effective in Poland-Slovakia's first quarter.

The level is certainly not over in the opening phase in Saint Petersburg.

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5 'Robert Lewandowski has just failed to control the ball twice before he pulls the trigger right away.

Just as often there is a Slovakian defender in the path of the shot, which has prevented him from scoring.

It is clear what the intentions of the Bayern Munich goalgetter are.

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3 'There is almost the first chance for Slovakia.

Marek Hamsík finds a teammate from an indirect free kick at the far post, who brings the ball dangerously in front of the Polish goal with his head.

Defender Jan Bednarek can barely eliminate the danger.

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Kick off! 

The ball rolls in Saint Petersburg and so Poland-Slovakia has started.

Which team will be the first to do good business in group E?

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Slovakia is only active at a European Championship for the second time in history.

On their debut in 2016, the Slovaks reached the eighth finals, in which Germany was too strong 3-0.

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Saint Petersburg is not very far from Poland and so a lot of Poles have traveled to the Gazprom Arena, where 75 percent of the stadium is allowed to be filled.

It's not nearly there, but it won't lack atmosphere.

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Despite the striking absence of Robert Bozeník in the match selection, there is an Eredivisie player on the bench at Slovakia: Tomás Suslov, the FC Groningen midfielder.

The nineteen-year-old player was one of the stars of the 'Pride of the North' this season.

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Time to turn to Poland-Slovakia.

Robert Lewandowski is Poland's absolute superstar at this European Championship.

The World Footballer of the Year has scored 53 goals in 47 matches in all competitions this season.

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Matthijs de Ligt trained fully with the group today and seems ready to play against Austria on Thursday.

The question is who should make way for him, because the central defense trio seemed undisputed against Ukraine.

That and more in our new European Championship update.

European Championship update: "De Ligt's return causes De Boer a huge luxury problem"

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Italian football association wants first aid course after Eriksen incident

The Italian football association wants all professionals from the top three competitions to follow a first aid course.

The reason is the incident with the Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest in the European Championship match against Finland and fell to the ground.

Federal president Gabriele Gravina referred explicitly to the Danish captain Simon Kjaer, who immediately put Eriksen into a recovery position after his fall and thus prevented him from swallowing his tongue.

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The European Championship ball is almost never stationary in the group stage, so it will roll again in an hour.

This time in the Russian Saint Petersburg against Poland-Slovakia, the first match in group E. In Poland, Robert Lewandowski is of course the figurehead, while Slovakia has to rely on veteran Marek Hamsík.

Feyenoord striker Robert Bozeník is missing from Slovakia's match selection.

It is unclear why.

Line-up Poland: 


Bereszynski, Bednarek, Glik, Rybus;

Linetty, Krychowiak, Klich;

Jozwiak, Lewandowski, Zielinski.

Slovakia line-up: 


Pekarik, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan;

Haraslin, Kucka, Hromada, Mak;

Duda, Hamsik.

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After Scotland-Czech Republic, this is the state of affairs in group D.


England-Croatia 1-0

Scotland-Czech Republic 0-2


  • Czech Republic 1-3 (2-0)

  • England 1-3 (1-0)

  • Croatia 1-0 (0-1)

  • Scotland 1-0 (0-2)

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    The Czech Republic wins against Scotland

    thanks to Schick's world goal Partly thanks to a world goal from Patrik Schick, the Czech Republic wins its opening match at the European Championship with 0-2 against Scotland.

    Just after the break, the striker miraculously shoots the ball over Scottish goalkeeper David Marshall from the halfway line, making a throw for the most beautiful goal of the tournament.

    Before the interruption, Schick already puts the Czech Republic ahead with a header, and so he can call himself the absolute star of this European Championship match.

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