Sports Desk, Jun 14 (EFE).- Slovakia managed to neutralize super-striker Robert Lewandowski to beat Poland 2-1 Monday in the Euro 2020 opener for both teams.
The Bayern Munich man, who led Europe’s big five leagues last season with 48 goals in 40 matches, was not a factor in the contest at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
The Poles went down 1-0 in the 18th minute on a close-range shot from Slovak midfielder Robert Mak that hit the woodwork before taking a deflection off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s head.
Poland seemed to be back on track a minute into the second half as a poorly marked Karol Linetty tapped in a low cross from Maciej Rybus to make it 1-1, but the comeback was soon derailed.
Midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak was sent off in the 62nd minute after picking up a second yellow card and defender Milan Skriniar put the Slovaks ahead 2-1 seven minutes later.
With the win, Slovakia took the lead in Group E pending the outcome of Monday’s late game between Spain and Sweden. EFE