Spain will be looking to put an important three points on the board when they play their second group match at this summer’s European Championship against Poland on Saturday night.
Luis Enrique’s side opened their Group E challenge with a goalless draw against Sweden on Monday, while Poland suffered a 2-1 loss to Slovakia, which has placed them in a tough spot ahead of this match.
Spain will feel that they had enough chances to beat Sweden in their Group E opener on Monday night, but Enrique’s team found opposition goalkeeper Robin Olsen in impressive form.
Alvaro Morata missed a guilt-edged chance in the first half of the contest, meanwhile, and there were certainly encouraging signs from La Roja despite the relatively disappointing nature of the result.
Spain cannot be confirmed in the top two or eliminated after matchday two, but a win over Poland would place them in a strong position heading into their final group game against a talented Slovakia on June 23.
La Roja are bidding to win a fourth European Championship, which would make them the most successful team in the history of the competition; as it stands, they are level on three trophies with Germany, having triumphed in the 1964, 2008 and 2012 editions of the tournament.
Spain’s preparations for Euro 2020 were far from ideal due to Sergio Busquets’s positive coronavirus test, but the national team have now had time to settle after a turbulent build-up, and they simply cannot be written off at this level despite struggling at the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup.
Poland would have fancied their chances of opening their Group E challenge with a positive result on Monday evening, but Slovakia recorded a 2-1 victory in Russia to leave Paulo Sousa’s side in a tough spot.
As it stands, they are bottom of the section and will be watching closely at what happens between Sweden and Slovakia when the two teams meet in the same group on Friday afternoon.
Poland’s recent form has been disappointing, winning just one of their last eight matches in all competitions, including underwhelming draws with Russia and Iceland in their two pre-tournament friendlies.
The White and Reds know what it takes to advance to the latter stages of this competition, having been present in the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, and they will not be panicking as third position in Group E could be enough to see them book their spot in the first knockout round.
Poland have only won one of their previous 10 international games with Spain, though, losing eight times in the process, including a 6-0 defeat when the two nations last locked horns in June 2010.
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