πŸ† EURO 2020: Slovakia stun 10-man Poland in Russia
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πŸ† EURO 2020: Slovakia stun 10-man Poland in Russia

Slovakia opened their EURO 2020 campaign with an emphatic 2-1 win over 10-man Poland on Monday night. 

A Wojciech Szczesny's own goal and a Milan Skriniar strike gave the Slovaks the win in St. Petersborouh, Russia, with Karol Linetty scoring the consolation for Poland. 

They were however forced to play the last half-an-hour with a man less after Grzegorz Krychowiak was sent off following two bookable offenses. 

The match got off to a slow start, with no clear chance in the opening 14 minutes, until Duda unleashed a shot that went inches wide of the post after wriggling through the defense. 

Slovakia then got the breakthrough in the 18th minute and it was a superb strike from Mak, who played in down the left of the area and held the ball up sensationally before beating Jozwiak and Bereszynski.  

His effort was almost saved by Szczesny, but he ended up putting it in the back of his own net, becoming the first goalkeeper to score an own goal in EUROs. 

Slovakia had three penalty shouts turned down within minutes of each other, but the referee could have none of it despite the protests. 

Poland had a perfect response in the second period, leveling less than a minute after the restart with a beautiful strike. 

Mateusz Klich played in Maciej Rybus down the left of the area, who in turn sent a neat cutback into the middle, which Karol Linetty easily tapped home past Dubravka's outstretched hand. 

Linetty almost made it two in two minutes after latching on to a neat cut-back from Klich, but his shot went straight into Dubravka's hands.

It however got worse for Poland when Krychowiak bundled into Hromada with a late challenge, picking up another yellow that saw him off the pitch. 

Slovakia made their numbers count in the 69th minute when Skriniar fired in a beautiful effort into the bottom corner after a corner ball fell to him. 

Poland battled to equalise, and despite having a few chances, they could not amount to much as they lost their opening match. 

Slovakia now lead the group, but that could change with Spain taking on Sweden in the second group match later in the evening. 

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