Robert Lewandowski nearly single-handedly dragged Poland by way of to the Euro 2020 knockout levels, but it was potential Bayern Munich teammate Emil Forsberg who stole the present.
Forsberg scored a brace to safe protected passage for the Swedes as group winners, but the 3-2 scoreline proves simply how thrilling a recreation it was.
The RB Leipzig midfielder scored the second quickest aim in European Championship finals historical past after simply 81 seconds when he capitalised after Alexander Isak was introduced down on the sting of the field, scampering onto the unfastened ball and firing dwelling along with his left foot.
The Bayern Munich hotshot, who scored an unimaginable 41 Bundesliga objectives within the 2020/21 season very uncharacteristically, missed a guilt-edge alternative
To start, he headed a nook from the appropriate onto the bar. Lewandowski was the primary to react on the rebound however headed the ball towards the bar once more contained in the six yard field.
The aim was then at his mercy however in some way the ball went by way of his legs and the hazard was frantically averted by the Swedes.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk mentioned on commentary for talkSPORT 2: “Wow! What a large probability, I can’t imagine what I’ve simply seen.
“He will get up properly for the preliminary header, he follows it up and doesn’t cease, I feel it’s simply excessive of him – I’ll give him the good thing about the doubt. He tries to get the whole lot to it however once more it comes off the bar.
“Then in the case of his ft… I don’t understand how he hasn’t scored, he’s had three possibilities among the finest ahead’s on the earth however he simply can’t put it behind the online.”
Forsberg, who has been linked with a transfer to Bayern this summer season, scored his second of the sport and third of this match after he swept dwelling a primary time end following a powerful run by substitute Dejan Kulusevski.
The sport appeared lifeless given how robust the Swedes regarded, but Lewandowski atoned for his earlier misses by accumulating a by way of ball from Piotr Zilenski and fired a pleasant shot into the highest nook.
Lewandowski was not completed there nevertheless, evading his markers expertly to gather a unfastened cross into the field and end coolly along with his left foot previous Robin Olsen.
Regardless of Wojciech Szczęsny becoming a member of the Polish assault late on, it was Sweden who discovered a late winner when Viktor Claesson collected one other intelligent cross from Kulusevski to interrupt Poland hearts and finish any possibilities of a spectacular comeback.
The draw means Poland exit the match in backside place, whereas Sweden advance as group winners alongside Spain and Slovakia with Forsberg firing within the objectives to offer their followers hope of a minimum of replicating their World Cup quarter-final heroics of 2018.