UEFA Euro 2020

Sweden 3-2 Poland: Player ratings as Swedes top Group E with injury time winner

Jude Summerfield
Forsberg scored both of Sweden's goals
Forsberg scored both of Sweden's goals / Maxim Shemetov - Pool/Getty Images
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A double from Emil Forsberg and Viktor Claesson's late strike helped Sweden edge past a battling Poland on Wednesday night, topping Group E and sending their opponents out of Euro 2020 in the process.

Forsberg capitalised on some poor Poland defending to score the opener, slaloming around some lax challenges to fire past Wojciech Szczesny in just 82 seconds - the second fastest goal in Euros history after Dmitry Kirichenko's effort for Russia against Greece in 2004.

Robert Lewandowski passed up two glorious opportunities to equalise from a corner, hitting pretty much the exact same part of the crossbar with two headers in quick succession.

Forsberg grabbed his second to put Sweden firmly in control after marvellous work on the right from the returning Dejan Kulusevski, but Lewandowski atoned for his earlier misses with a brilliant effort to make it 2-1.

The Bayern Munich forward hauled his side level in heroic fashion late on, controlling Przemyslaw Frankowski's cross to slide in the equaliser. However, Sweden exploited the space left in behind as Poland chased a winner and Claesson swept in to win his side the group and send Poland crashing out of Euro 2020. Sweden will likely face Ukraine in the last 16.

Let's get into the player ratings.


SWEDEN PLAYER RATINGS

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

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Olsen was commanding in goal for Sweden / DMITRY LOVETSKY/Getty Images

Robin Olsen (GK) - 7/10 - Took a whack during the mayhem of Lewandowski's misses but soldiered on to enjoy a good game. Denied Zielinski from range a few times and could do little about Lewandowski's goals.

Mikael Lustig (RB) - 6/10 - Reasonably steady. Good in the air but passing was pretty erratic, only completing 33% of those attempted.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 6/10 - Not as poor as his centre back partner. Was accurate with his passing and won plenty in the air.

Marcus Danielson (CB) - 5/10 - Booked early on for attempting to stop a counter attack after giving the ball away. Should have dealt with a simple cross in the build-up to Lewandowski's second but couldn't.

Ludwig Augustinsson (LB) - 5/10 - Pretty average. Not particularly outstanding but didn't get rinsed either.

2. Midfielders

Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson
Forsberg was on fire / Anton Vaganov - Pool/Getty Images

Sebastian Larsson (RM) - 5/10 - Quality of crossing was disappointing from the old Premier League set piece expert. Tracked back all afternoon.

Kristoffer Olsson (CM) - 6/10 - Steady and efficient. Was fouled a few times and recovered the ball on three occasions.

Albin Ekdal (CM) - 6/10 - Wasn't all that efficient in possession but was combative, making a couple of tackles.

Emil Forsberg (LM) - 9/10 - Opened the scoring clinically inside two minutes and doubled their lead in the second half, whipping the ball past Szczesny. Both were quality finishes.

3. Forwards

Robin Quaison (ST) - 5/10 - Tested Szczesny with a low effort from the edge of the box. Enjoyed 12 touches of the ball before being brought off before the hour mark.

Alexander Isak (ST) - 7/10 - Got himself an assist for Forsberg's strike, though didn't know much about it as he tumbled to the floor and the ball inadvertently hit his foot. Brought off after a decent showing.

4. Substitutes

Emil Forsberg, Dejan Kulusevski, Kristoffer Olsson
Kulusevski's introduction changed the game / Maxim Shemetov - Pool/Getty Images

Dejan Kulusevski - 8/10 - The Juventus forward's introduction energised Sweden's attack in the second half, setting up both of their goals in that period.

Emil Krafth - 5/10

Marcus Berg - 5/10

Viktor Claesson - 7/10 - Made the most of his late cameo, his late goal proving pivotal in winning Sweden the group.


POLAND PLAYER RATINGS

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Kamil Glik
Glik was good in the air / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Wojciech Szczesny (GK) - 5/10 - Only made one save throughout and couldn't do anything about any of Sweden's goals.

Bartosz Bereszynski (CB) - 5/10 - Good block to prevent Isak from squaring across goal for a tap in.

Kamil Glik (CB) - 6/10 - Made a crunching tackle on Isak but it didn't prevent Forsberg collecting possession and scoring. Dominant in the air throughout, winning ten aerial duels. Also booked.

Jan Bednarek (CB) - 6/10 - The Southampton man made three tackles, the most of any player on the pitch.

6. Midfielders

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Zielinski was lively / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images

Kamil Jozwiak (RWB) - 5/10 - Rounded by Forsberg a little too easily for the goal. Not noticeable in an attacking sense and was brought off later.

Grzegorz Krychowiak (CM) - 5/10 - Got a bit caught out when the game became stretched, his lack of pace in midfield becoming apparent. Booked and substituted later.

Mateusz Klich (CM) - 5/10 - Couldn't dictate the tempo like he often does in Leeds colours. Lost the ball a few times in central areas.

Tymoteusz Puchacz (LWB) - 5/10 - Quiet first half for the Union Berlin defender. Brought off at half time as Poland chased the game.

Piotr Zielinski (AM) - 7/10 - Tested Olsen with a good effort from range. Became more influential as the game wore on and got the assist for Lewandowski's beauty.

7. Forwards

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski couldn't haul Poland through / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Karol Swiderski (ST) - 6/10 - Started the game up front, ended it at right wing back. Took a few shots but both were off target.

Robert Lewandowski (ST) - 8/10 - Hit the bar twice in quick succession from a corner when it looked harder to miss. Made amends with a beauty to half the deficit, curling over Olsen from the corner of Sweden's box. Finished cooly to level the game at a crucial stage.

8. Substitutes

Przemyslaw Frankowski - 7/10 - His cross set up Lewandowski's equaliser.

Jakub Swierczok - 5/10

Kacper Kozlowski - 5/10

Przemyslaw Placheta - 5/10

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