|Dates: 11 June-11 July. Venues: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Seville, St Petersburg. Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 Live, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.|
Substitute Viktor Claesson scored a 93rd-minute winner for Sweden to knock Poland, who had drawn level after being 2-0 down, out of Euro 2020.
Sweden netted their first goal from open play at Euro 2020 just 82 seconds into their final Group E game following Emil Forsberg’s composed angled finish in St Petersburg.
The RB Leipzig midfielder doubled the lead with a first-time shot – his third goal at the tournament – before Robert Lewandowski, who had earlier missed a golden chance, produced a quality arrowed finish to give Poland hope.
Lewandowski hit an 84th-minute equaliser to draw Poland, who needed to win to advance, level but they were undone by Claesson’s late winner.
In a captivating game, Poland captain Lewandowski was guilty of an incredible miss at 0-0.
After heading against the underside of the bar from a corner, the prolific Bayern Munich forward’s follow up header from the rebound struck the bar from just two yards out.
Sweden will now prepare for a last 16 tie against a third-placed side at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on 29 June.
Another disappointing exit for Poland
When Poland replaced manager Jerzy Brzeczek with Portuguese Paulo Sousa in January, the reasoning from the Polish FA was that they wanted to see a more attacking style to get the best out of forward Lewandowski.
The 32-year-old, who scored 41 times in the Bundesliga in 2020-21, departs the tournament having netted three goals. It would have been four but for his incredible 17th-minute miss.
After his initial downward header bounced up and hit the underside of the bar, it rebounded back into Lewandowski’s path only for him to hit the woodwork again when it looked easier to score.
Piotr Zielinski had two long-range efforts saved by Robin Olsen, who also kept out Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Poland poured forward in the second half but Sweden, with Marcus Danielson and Victor Lindelof at the centre of defence, advance to the knockout stage with confidence sky high after two wins and a draw from three group games.
- 2LustigSubstituted forKrafthat 68′minutes
- 24DanielsonBooked at 10mins
- 10ForsbergSubstituted forClaessonat 77′minutes
- 22QuaisonSubstituted forKulusevskiat 55′minutes
- 11IsakSubstituted forBergat 68′minutes
- 15GlikBooked at 83mins
- 21JozwiakSubstituted forSwierczokat 61′minutes
- 10KrychowiakBooked at 74minsSubstituted forPlachetaat 78′minutes
- 14KlichSubstituted forKozlowskiat 73′minutes
- 26PuchaczSubstituted forFrankowskiat 45′minutes
- Michael Oliver
Match ends, Sweden 3, Poland 2.
Second Half ends, Sweden 3, Poland 2.
Piotr Zielinski (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marcus Berg (Sweden).
Goal! Sweden 3, Poland 2. Viktor Claesson (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.
Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.
Hand ball by Emil Krafth (Sweden).
Attempt missed. Karol Swiderski (Poland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Przemyslaw Frankowski with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Jakub Swierczok (Poland) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Przemyslaw Placheta with a cross.
Foul by Bartosz Bereszynski (Poland).
Marcus Berg (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Bartosz Bereszynski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Goal! Sweden 2, Poland 2. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Przemyslaw Frankowski with a cross.
Kamil Glik (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kamil Glik (Poland).
Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Przemyslaw Placheta (Poland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Poland. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.
Jan Bednarek (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden).