Milan defender Inter Milan beat Slovakia 2-1 on Monday against Polish neighbors in their first match of the 2020 Euro Cup in St. Petersburg. Slovakian goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny scored a goal in the 18th minute, but Karol Linetty equalized for Poland early in the second half. Poland were reduced to 10 men then when midfielder Grzegorz Krychowia received a second yellow card, and Slovakia increased their advantage as Skriniar won the winner in a corner.
Slovakia, who reached the last 16 of the European Championship five years ago, will play in Sweden in Group E, Poland will travel to Seville on Friday and face Spain the next day.
Polish coach Paulo Sousa opted to start as Lone striker Robert Lewandowski, with Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piat out of the tournament limited by their chances of attack limited by injections.
Marek Hamsik, who led Slovakia to the 2010 World Cup and the 2016 European Championships, won his 127th cap for his country after shaking off a terrifying calf injury.
Slovakia started well when Ondrej Duda’s shot went wide, and it wasn’t long before it was over.
Robert Mak passed two Defenders as he drifted off the left wing as he danced, his low Strike taking a slight deflection and hitting the post before bouncing off Szczesny from the ground and crossing the line.
Szczesny, who was knocked out in the opening match of the Euro 2012 in Poland, was the first goalkeeper in the history of the competition to win the match.
Slovakian midfielder Juraj Kucha struggled to keep his distance from the distance, and Poland equalized 32 seconds into the break as Linetty ended the team’s sharp movement with a sharp shot to the corner.
Then Linetty scored directly against Martin Dubravka, but Krychowiak’s knockout was expensive as the Skrinians controlled the corner and neatly entered the house to put Slovakia on top.
Jan Bednarek made a long play when Poland put pressure on him to equalize, yet he managed to do so more than once in 12 matches at the European Championships.
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