Swedish winger Emil Forsberg scored a double, including the second-fastest shot in European Championship history, before Viktor Claesson’s break-in goal helped Sweden to a 3-2 win over Poland in the group stage on Wednesday. It was the heartbreaking end of Poland’s campaign when they equalized twice through talismanic captain Robert Lewandowski, whose 84-minute 2-2 draw gave them a glimmer of hope.
Sweden’s last two matches were built on strong defensive displays, which cast doubt on whether Janne Andersson‘s team could shoot down the attack, but began with a blister through the animated Forsberg.
Robin Quaison nearly netted a goal in 82 minutes after a good move in the middle however, the finishing shot went wide. He doubled his lead with a powerful move for the third goal of the tournament when substitute Dejan Kulusevski entered the pitch in the 59th minute. Lewandowski withdrew a goal two minutes later with a curling shot, before Jakub Swierczok’s tap-in saw off substitute Przemysław Frankowski for offside following interference from the assistant referee.
Lewandowski, who missed a 1-1 lead in the first half after rising above Sweden’s defence, equalized from distance after a pass from Frankowski, only to have two headers over the crossbar. But Sweden is not finished yet, as Kulusevski slips the ball to Claesson, who passed over Szczesny to secure his win.
Sweden is on the way to the finals as the team will face one of the third-placed teams in Group B, C, or D – Finland, Ukraine, or the Czech Republic – in Glasgow on 29 June. Second-placed Spain will take on Croatia a day earlier in Copenhagen after beating Slovakia 5-0 in the second match of Group E. Watch football highlights of Sweden win over Poland.
Sweden 3 – 2 Poland
Goals: 1 – 0 Forsberg 2, 2 – 0 Forsberg 59, 2 – 1 Lewandowski 61, 2- 2 Lewandowski 84, 3 – 2 Claesson 90+4
Bookings: Danielson, Krychowiak, Glik
Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson, Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Quaison, Isak
Substitutions: Claesson, Berg, Krafth, Kulusevski
Poland: Szczesny, Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Jozwiak, Krychowiak, Klich, Puchacz, Swiderski, Zielinski, Lewandowski
Substitutions: Swierczok, Kozlowski, Placheta, Frankowski