Euro 2020 : Spain in critical condition but ready for revival vs Slovakia | Malay Mail
SEVILLE, June 21 — With their rich footballing pedigree, Spain never expected to need a win from their final Group E game against Slovakia to reach the next stage of Euro 2020 — but they are forced to treat Wednesday’s match as a knockout game itself. Spain were booed off the pitch by their...
channel for the latest updates.SEVILLE, June 21 — With their rich footballing pedigree, Spain never expected to need a win from their final Group E game against Slovakia to reach the next stage of Euro 2020 — but they are forced to treat Wednesday’s match as a knockout game itself.
Spain were booed off the pitch by their own fans after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Poland in Seville, which followed an opening goalless stalemate with Sweden to equal their worst ever start to a European Championship since 1996.The three-times European champions are third in a wide open Group E where any of leaders Sweden, second-placed Slovakia or fourth-placed Poland can go through to the last 16 knockouts.
Slovakia, playing only their second Euros as an independent nation, lost 1-0 to Sweden in their last game and also need a win to guarantee progress though a point may suffice.They will look to exploit Spanish nerves.“The Spanish have a knife to their necks right now so they have to win by any means possible and they’re going to be feeling a lot of pressure,” said defender Tomas Hubocan. headtopics.com
‘Do or die’Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta said his recent Champions League win as captain of Chelsea, after a stuttering start to the season, was proof that fortunes can turn around.“You don’t win anything by making a good start, the important thing is how you finish,” he said. “I lived that this season with Chelsea and the lesson I took from it was you can’t give up when everyone presumes you’re dead.”
Defender Azpilicueta has not played so far but there is clamour in Spanish media for him to return to provide leadership and allow Marcos Llorente, who has been playing at right back, to resume his usual attacking role.Captain and midfielder Sergio Busquets was sorely missed in Spain’s first two games due to testing positive for Covid-19, but is set to return against Slovakia.
“We can’t wait for the game to arrive, we would love to have six points but going through is still in our hands and we depend on ourselves, which is the crucial thing. And we’re playing at home,” Azpilicueta added.“It’s a do or die situation. Many of us have been in situations like this before and gone on to win things. Everyone knows how to react. I’m convinced that if we stick together, including the fans, we’re going to do it.” — ReutersRead more: Malay Mail »
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Spain in ‘huge mess’ after another draw | Malay MailSEVILLE, June 20 —Spain’s Euro 2020 had been turbulent before it began due to Covid-19 complications, but now the crisis is on the pitch where players lack spark, confidence or cutting edge - and are in serious danger of a shock group stage exit. Yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Poland was a step...
I was expecting more, admits Spain coach after another drawLuis Enrique says he anticipated six points and zero goals conceded against Poland. FMTNews
Soccer-Spain struggle to 1-1 draw with PolandSEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) - Spain striker Alvaro Morata's first-half goal was cancelled out by a Robert Lewandowski strike for Poland in a 1-1 draw on Saturday that ensured all four Euro 2020 Group E teams can still qualify as they head into Wednesday's final round of matches.