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Spain went ahead in the first half thanks to an instinctive finish from Alvaro Morata
Robert Lewandowski equalised with an emphatic header after the break
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It is probably safe to say we did not see the eventual champions in action during a disjointed, ultimately unproductive night in Seville. After two glorious combative matches earlier in the day, this was the Euros at its least seductive, an unproductive stalemate.
Spain, lethargic, allergic to converting chances, apparently addicted to the sideways pass, are a thin facsimile of the side who so recently dominated international football. Especially since Sergio Busquets, the one remaining member of that glorious winning side, was deemed not yet ready to play. Poland, meanwhile, battled, harried, did not stop running. Quality, however, was limited to just one of their number. And we all know who he is.
A draw was the appropriate result for such a collective lack of quality and imagination. Both sides now need points from their final game to progress.
Ultimately this was a tale of two strikers. Alvaro Morata, the man who had been largely blamed for Spain’s inertia in their opening match against Sweden, was under huge personal pressure here.
And he had a chance to grasp redemption midway through the first half. Villarreal’s industrious Gerard Moreno, who had been added to the Spain team in place of Manchester City’s Ferran Torres, took a shot from the edge of the area. It was not the most clinical of efforts, but Morata deftly helped the ball on its way into the net.
Before he could celebrate, however, Daniele Orsato, the Italian referee ruled he was offside. But then Var spotted that Bartosz Bereszynski’s leg was playing him on. The referee changed his mind and Morata’s relief was palpable. Var intervening correctly to award a goal: who would have thought it?
Poland had to respond. Another defeat would finish their tournament almost before it had begun. Paulo Sousa, their Portuguese coach, yelled constant instruction from the technical area. And they had chances, several of them, before Robert Lewandowski, the man who carries their nation’s hopes, rose above Aymeric Laporte to nod a cross beyond Unai Simon.
But parity appeared as if it might be brief. Spain immediately attacked, Morata fell to the ground in the area and Var intervened to suggest the referee take a look at the pitchside screen. Signore Orsato decided it was a penalty. Moreno confidently took the ball but stroked his left-footed spot kick against a post. Morata followed up and, when it seemed easier to score, pushed his shot wide.
The Spanish keyboard warriors went immediately into action. But the blame could not be laid at one person’s feet. This was a collective disappointment which means Spain now go into their final game against Slovakia behind them in the table. No one saw that coming.
Full time, Spain 1 Poland 1
For all their possessional dominance, Spain are still winless at Euro 2020.
The home side played all the football in Seville but, ultimately, an emphatic header from Lewandowski was enough to keep Poland in the tournament. Having come so close to scoring at the end of the first half, the Bayern Munich man may feel that his side were unlucky not to nick a win.
Llorente bombs down the right and finds Ferran Torres with a cross, but Poland scramble it clear.
Rodri earns a yellow card for breaking up a Poland counter-attack with a tactical foul.
Lewandowski is booked for a leggy challenge on Aymeric Laporte.
Ruiz gives the ball away to Tymoteusz Puchacz in midfield, but he can't make the most of his opening.
There are a lot of tired legs out there at the moment. Can someone find a last burst of energy to win the game?
Szczesny keeps Poland in the game.
Morata gets a shot away at close range, but the big man throws his body in the way. Sarabia fails to score on the follow-up.
Pau Torres is booked for clattering into Lewandowski while contesting an aerial duel.
Ruiz plays a dangerous ball into the box and, under pressure from Ferran Torres, Szczesny fumbles the ball before recovering at the second attempt.
There's another scramble in the box moments later, with Morata tangling with Glik before he can get a shot away. Soon afterwards, Rodri shoots straight at Szczesny from the edge of the area.
Lewandowski links up nicely with Frankowski in attack, but his final ball is blocked by Pau Torres.
Marcos Llorente gallops down the right and dinks a cross to Ferran Torres who, gifted a free header in the box, nods wide.
Szczesny tries to punch a high ball and makes a mess of it but, before Spain can pounce, the whistle goes for an innocuous foul.
Enrique makes a double change, with Moreno and Koke swapping out for Fabian Ruiz and Pablo Sarabia respectively.
Sousa make a substitution of his own, with Swiderski coming off for Przemyslaw Frankowski.
Morata gets in behind on the right and whips a shot across the face of goal, but it whizzes narrowly wide.
Both sides make changes
Enrique makes his first substitution, hooking Olmo and replacing him with Ferran Torres.
A little earlier, Sousa brought off Klich for Kacper Kozlowski.
Jozwiak is booked for a lunge on Pedri, which sparks a bad-tempered exchange between the two sides.
It's suddenly got very, very interesting here. This game could go either way.
Szczesny goes the right way and puts off Moreno, who hits the post. Morata blasts wide on the follow-up, leaving Szczesny punching the air in celebration.
PENALTY TO SPAIN!
Spain come forwards and squander a decent opportunity but, in the meantime, VAR pipes up and Orsato ends up going to the monitor.
Replays show that Moder caught Moreno on the ankle with a late challenge. He's booked, while Moreno steps up to the spot.
GOAL! Spain 1 Poland 1
Lewandowski has his first goal of the tournament and Poland are level!
Moder moves the ball on to Kamil Jozwiak out on the right and he lofts a cross to Lewandowski, who powers a header into the back of the net.
Spain's pass count is now up to 451, compared to 139 for Poland.
That said, they haven't really done much in possession over the past few minutes. Poland look relatively comfortable in defence and are holding their shape well.
Morata catches Glik with an elbow to the mouth. It looked unintentional, but also extremely painful.
Teams back out
... and the second half is about to kick off.
Can Spain extend their lead? Or will Poland take their opportunities? It'll be good fun either way.
Half time, Spain 1 Poland 0
Spain have been dominant so far, but Poland have gone close on more than one occasion.
Simon's save to keep out Lewandowski was absolutely outstanding. Poland need to sharpen up in front of goal, while Spain need to tighten up in defence.
Spain almost score a second, with Alba getting in behind on the left and crossing to Moreno.
He hits the side netting from a narrowing angle. Judging by the stifled roar around the ground, Spain fans thought it had hit the back of the net.
How have Poland not equalised? How?
First, Swiderski hits the post from 25 yards. Lewandowski then gathers up the rebound, but Simon somehow manages to keep him out from point-blank range.
Jakub Moder plays a sloppy back pass which almost allows Moreno to get in behind, but Poland's defenders sweep up the mess.
Spain have all of the ball at the moment, with 78 per cent possession.
Poland have still managed to carve out a few chances but, with so little control of the game, they need to take them.
Klich earns the first booking of the game after clattering into teenage prodigy Pedri.
Good chance for Poland!
Lewandowski finds the time and space to flick a cross to Swiderski at the near post, but he balloons a shot high and wide from close range.
Olmo wins a foul from Glik on the edge of the area, giving Spain a dangerous free kick.
Moreno steps up and bends a shot round the wall, but it also swerves wide of the far post.
GOAL! Spain 1 Poland 0
Moreno cuts inside from the right and scuffs a shot through a crowd of white shirts.
Just as it looks like it will dribble wide, Morata pops up and stabs it into the back of the net. He's initially flagged for offside, but VAR intervenes and confirms that it's a valid goal.
Lewandowski tries to find Karol Swiderski with a cross-field ball into the box, but it's overhit and sails harmlessly out of play.
Spain win a succession of corners, but can't do anything with them.
After a scramble in the box in which Moreno is flattened by Bednarek, Lewandowski breaks and almost runs the full length of the pitch only to be dispossessed by Jordi Alba.
Pau Torres lines one up from 35 yards, sending a shot bouncing wide of the near post.
That wasn't very tiki-taka. He's lucky not to be substituted, really.
Gerard Moreno plays a one-two with Morata before whipping a cross into the box which leaves Jan Bednarek in a muddle.
Glik intervenes and makes the clearance before Spain can capitalise. Moments later, Dani Olmo slaloms into the area only to shoot straight at Szczesny.
Mateusz Klich goes close for Poland!
The ball breaks in midfield and Klich picks it up with nobody near him. He unleashes an effort from distance which dips threateningly, drawing an acrobatic leap from Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon even as it whistles over the crossbar.
Morata tries to close down Wojciech Szczesny, but ends up leaping straight into him.
Piotr Zielinski goes down in the box under pressure from Morata and referee Daniele Orsato raises his whistle to his lips, but ultimately decides to let play continue.
Replays show that there wasn't much contact. Still, to resort to an old cliche, you've seen them given.
The game has begun. As ever, whatever happens, let's hope that football is the winner.
... are over and done with, which means we're about to kick off.
Can Spain bring their Euro 2020 campaign to life? Or will Poland cause an upset? Let's find out.
Teams in the tunnel
... and we're about to get underway.
Both sides look deadly serious. The pressure is on.
Spain fans in fancy dress
... with some seriously impressive wigs on show at the Estadio La Cartuja
Thriller in Munich
... where Germany beat Portugal 4-2 in today's 5pm kick off.
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... with both sides putting the final touches on their preparations for the game.
Enrique said he was going to start Morata and, true to his word, the ex-Chelsea man duly leads the line again.
Poland need a big performance from Lewandowski. As always, he will have to bear the weight of expectation.
Spain: Simon, Llorente, Laporte, Torres, Alba, Rodri, Koke, Pedri, Moreno, Morata, Olmo.
Poland: Szczesny, Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Jozwiak, Moder, Klich, Zielinski, Puchacz, Lewandowski, Swiderski.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the final game of the day between Spain and Poland.
Spain were held to a goalless draw by a well organised Sweden side in their opening game, while the Poles lost 2-1 to Slovakia.
"We need to concentrate to hurt Spain not only with counter-attacks, with transition, but also creating opportunities with possession," Poland coach Paulo Sousa told reporters on Friday.
"Not the same possession as Spain, because Spain have had this game process for more than ten years, [and] we have just started. But we could do it.
"Spain are not used to defending longer than three to seven seconds without the ball."
Kamil Glik, who has won 84 caps with Poland and been a stalwart in defence since the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, said Poland are aware they have a big defensive task on Saturday.
"We need a little bit of luck, just like the Swedish team had," the 33-year-old said.
Meanwhile, Spain coach Luis Enrique gave under-fire striker Alvaro Morata a vote of confidence by revealing he will start him tonight after he missed a clear chance against Sweden.
"I've told Morata to keep doing what he is doing, to keep contributing everything he gives us in attack and defence. Tomorrow it will be Morata and 10 others," the coach told Spanish network Cuatro on Friday.
Morata was booed by a section of the crowd at Seville's La Cartuja stadium after a bad miss and was also whistled by supporters in a friendly earlier this month against Portugal.
But Enrique highlighted his other qualities whilst pointing out that only all-time top scorer David Villa had netted more goals for Spain than Morata's 19 after 41 games.
"I told Alvaro to stay confident, because he does very important things for the team. But I don't give him special treatment," he said in a news conference marred by technological problems.
"And compared to the rest of the players here [at Euro 2020], only Harry Kane had scored more goals for his country than Morata after 41 games, not Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski or Romelu Lukaku."