Spain vs Poland LIVE: Luis Enrique’s men seeking first win of Euro 2020 against Robert Lewandowski and Co as they bid to go top of their group in Seville
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Spain are still looking for their first win of Euro 2020 as they welcome Poland to Seville in their second Group E clash.
Luis Enrique’s men could only draw 0-0 with Sweden in their opening game and hope to keep pace with them and Slovakia by getting three points on the board against a dangerous side featuring Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
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Poland coach Paulo Sousa says he is optimistic heading into tonight’s fixture – having said: ‘What makes me optimistic before the game is, first of all, the quality of my players and their belief that we can do it.
‘Of course, we are in a difficult situation, but sometimes great things are forged in adversity. Our task will be to minimise their possession as much as possible.
‘But as I said, we have quality in our team and will do the best to show it against Spain.’
Spain could go top of Group E with a win tonight. However, should they suffer a defeat, Poland will leapfrog Spain to move into third.
A draw wouldn’t affect the current standing but it would put pressure on both teams to get a result in their final game to earn qualification
Speaking before the game, Spain’s Pablo Sarabia said: ‘The mood and the goals are the responsibility of all of us.
‘We all defend, we all attack. Morata’s attacking work is to be admired. He’s a cracker of a player. The stats show it: the caps, the goals.’
Alvaro Morata has hit back at the criticism that came his way after he missed key chances in Spain’s goalless Euro 2020 opener with Sweden. As a result, he will be eager to prove his worth this evening.
Not many of the tournament favourites can boast Europe’s deadliest striker in their ranks…but Poland can. Nevertheless, Lewandowski says he is committed to improving and says he is eager to show the world what he can do against Spain.
‘I try to learn something, still. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how good you are. What’s more important is how good you want to be, even if your performance is on a high level. Everything you do in training is more important, you need practice,’ said Lewandowski.
‘Even if you have a good right foot, it goes down without practice. With practice, you can keep at a high level or even higher, which is why I know that I need it and want it. Maybe I can play with my left foot or need to decide to score more with my left, I’m always trying to show something new.’
Spain attempted 917 passes against Sweden and successfully completed 830 of them. That is the highest ever tally in a Euros match since 1980.
Having registered 85 per cent possession against the Swedes, Spain create a new record for the highest percentage in a single match.
Nevertheless, Spain have now failed to score in two of their last three matches.
Spain XI: Simon; Llorente, Laporte, Pau Torres, Alba; Koke, Rodri, Pedri; Gerard, Morata, Olmo
Subs: de Gea, Azpilicueta, Diego Llorente, Thiago, Ferran Torres, Garcia, Sanchez, Gaya, Fabian, Traore, Oyarzabal, Sarabia
Poland XI: Szczęsny; Bereszyński, Glik, Bednarek; Jóźwiak, Moder, Linetty, Rybus; Klich, Zieliński; Lewandowski
Subs: Dawidowicz, Kedziora, Kozlowski, Linetty, Skorupski, Rybus, Placheta, Frankowski, Fabianski, Kownacki, Swierczok, Helik
Spain have received a huge boost with Sergio Busquets allowed to return to the squad after testing negative for Covid-19 ahead of their Euro 2020 match against Poland. However, it is unlikely that he will feature in this evening’s fixture.
The last time these two nations met was all the way back in 2010, and Poland were steamrollered.
Spain hammered Poland 6-0 in the friendly that took place eleven years ago – making La Roja the clear favourites to claim three points here today.
Spain have also won eight of their ten previous meetings against Poland. While Poland’s only victory over their hosts was a 2-1 win in November 1980.
Good evening and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Spain’s Euro 2020 fixture against Poland.
Spain will be looking secure their first with of the tournament when they face Poland at the Estadio La Cartuja this evening.
While pressure mounts for Paulo Sousa’s side after their surprise defeat by Slovakia in their opening game on Monday.
Stay tuned right here for all the build-up and live match updates.
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