Fashionable and stylish Spain suffered yet again a 1-1 draw with Poland, inability to finish off chances haunting them once again on Saturday, and missing a penalty in the second half of the match dwindling their EURO 2020 group qualification hopes.
Alvaro Morata was on target spearheading Spain’s opener in the 25th minute, with Poland who who had hit the woodwork twice in the first half, deservedly drew level with a towering header from Robert Lewandowski in the 54th.
Passing and possession still remains a dominant part of the Spain’s game, having had 85% and 76% possession in their games against Sweden and Poland respectively. all together Spain have had 29 shots on goal in their two games so far but have scored just the one goal Alvaro Morata’s close-range finish against Poland, which was given by VAR after initially being ruled out for offside. a something that should worry the once dominant force in the World Football.
The Spain’s Finishing third has been toothless, in the international competition even with Morata receiving increased criticism over his performance he has since not proven as per the expectations of many fans.
Luis Enrique’s Men missed a Penalty taken by Gerard Moreno who blasted his shot against the post and Morata scuffed the rebound wide, leaving them confused just as their opening game with Sweden.
This draw leaves Spain third in Group E with two points and needing a win against Slovakia on Wednesday to guarantee their place in the next round.
Poland are bottom with one point but head into their final game against Sweden with a chance of reaching the last 16.
Speaking to the Media after the match Spain Captain Jordi Alba said they played well with enough intensity but all in all it was not on their side.
“We are raging,” said Jordi Alba. “We kept on trying until the end but were against a really tough opponent and we lacked a bit of luck.”
Morata added: “It’s another game that has escaped from our grasp and our next game will be like a final to get through.”
Poland felt a huge sense of redemption after losing their opener 2-1 to Slovakia.
“Before this game, hardly anyone believed in us. But sometimes you have to take two steps back to take another one forward,” said defender Kamil Glik.
“I’m glad that we will play the real final against Sweden and I hope that even if it’s a bit late, the tournament started for us today.”
Spain played less fluid football than against Sweden but were more direct, while Poland showed far more ambition than the Swedes had and came close to taking an early lead when Mateusz Klich let fly from long range and struck the top of the bar.
But it was Spain who went in front when Moreno cut in from the right wing to cross with his stronger left foot and Morata diverted the ball into the net.
Poland drew with Spain for only the second time, having won only once in their last 11 meetings. They lost their opener 2-1 to Slovakia so had to get something from the game.
According to the Polands Coach Paulo Sousa his team showed the right attitude and mentality as they held Spain to a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2020 Group E match on Saturday, coach.