Slovakia ran out 2-1 winners over 10-man Poland in the opening match of Group E in Euro 2020 on Monday.

Wojciech Szczesny’s 18th-minute own goal and Milan Skriniar’s strike 21 minutes from the end sank Poland, who levelled through Karol Linetty just after the break but lost Grzegorz Krychowiak to a second bookable offence shortly before Slovakia’s winner.

Poland were reduced to 10 men on the hour when midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak picked up a second yellow card, and Slovakia made their advantage count as Skriniar drove in a well-taken winner at a corner.

“We’re delighted to start the competition with a win. It was a difficult game, Poland are a quality team,” said Skriniar.

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski found his opportunities limited by Slovakia after a prolific season with Bayern Munich that saw him set a Bundesliga record with 41 goals.

“Skriniar put in a great performance. I think the whole team played very well,” said Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic.

“I’m really happy we managed to neutralise a great player such as Lewandowski.”

Slovakia, who reached the last 16 on their European Championship debut five years ago, play Sweden next in Group E on Friday while Poland go to Seville to face Spain the following day.

AFP

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