Skriniar lifts Slovakia to win over Poland
Inter Milan protector Milan Skriniar fired Slovakia to a 2-1 triumph over neighbours Poland on Monday in their opening video game at Euro 2020 in Saint Petersburg.
An own objective from Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny handed Slovakia the lead on 18 minutes, however Karol Linetty equalised for Poland right at the start of the 2nd half.
Poland were lowered to 10 guys on the hour when midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got a 2nd yellow card, and Slovakia made their benefit count as Skriniar drove in the winner at a corner.
Slovakia, who reached the last 16 on their European Champion launching 5 years earlier, play Sweden next in Group E on Friday while Poland go to Seville to deal with Spain the following day.
Poland coach Paulo Sousa decided to begin Robert Lewandowski as the only striker, with his assaulting alternatives restricted by injuries that ruled both Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek out of the competition.
Marek Hamsik, who led Slovakia at the 2010 World Cup in addition to Euro 2016, made his record-extending 127th cap for his nation after getting rid of a worrying calf injury.
Slovakia began well as Ondrej Duda’s shot squirmed simply large, and it wasn’t long prior to they entered front.
Robert Mak danced previous 2 protectors as he wandered in from the left wing, his low strike taking a minor deflection and smacking the post prior to bouncing off the grounded Szczesny and deceiving over the line.
Szczesny, who was dispatched in the opening video game of Euro 2012 when Poland were co-hosts, ended up being the very first goalkeeper in the competitors’s history to be credited with an own objective.
Slovakia midfielder Juraj Kucha’s dipping effort from range dropped directly over, and Poland levelled 32 seconds after half-time as Linetty rounded off a sharp group relocation with a shabby shot that rolled into the corner.
Linetty then stabbed a cross straight at Martin Dubravka, however the termination of Krychowiak showed pricey as Skriniar managed a corner and coolly tucked house to put Slovakia back on top.
Jan Bednarek prodded large in interruption time as Poland pushed in vain for an equaliser, still yet to score more than when in 12 European National championship.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.