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Spain‘s finishing practice ahead of decisive game vs Slovakia

Follow live coverage with Spain in last-chance saloon territory at Euro 2020 knowing they need a win against Slovakia to guarantee themselves a place in the last 16. A draw may prove good enough for Luis Enrique’s side but it will depend on the result between Sweden and Poland.

After successive draws in their two opening matches, questions are being asked of Spain’s attacking prowess and they must find the answers here – La Roja are no longer considered by many to be among the front-runners for success this summer, but for now the focus is simply on reaching the knockouts.

For Slovakia, the task is altogether more straightforward in terms of mathematics, if not in actual in-game practice: avoid defeat and they are through to the last 16. A defeat will likely see them exit unless they score a few goals in the process.

They put themselves in a good position after the opening match having beaten 10-man Poland, but a dour defeat against Sweden leaves them up against it for the final clash here and they will likely need a stern rearguard action from Milan Skriniar and Co if they are to keep Spain at bay for 90 minutes. Follow all the team news and action here as Slovakia face Spain at Euro 2020.

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

Spain have won all three of their previous matches on home soil against Slovakia, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two.

However, La Roja have managed to score just one goal from an xG of 4.2 at Euro 2020 so far, making them the least efficient team in the tournament.

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 16:03

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

Slovakia XI: Dubravka, Pekarik, Skriniar, Satka, Hubocan, Kucka, Hromada, Haraslin, Hamsik, Mak, Duda

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:57

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

Spain XI: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba, Busquets, Koke, Pedri, Moreno, Morata, Sarabia

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:49

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What do Spain need to qualify from Group E at Euro 2020?

Group E comes to a close tonight with only Sweden so far assured of their place in the last 16 – and all three other nations capable of joining them.

That leaves Luis Enrique’s side on two points from two games ahead of the last round of matches, with Spain playing Slovakia at 5pm BST while Sweden play Poland at the same time.

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:40

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

And in the red corner….

Spain’s Euro 2020 plans were thrown into disarray after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus, but the Barcelona lynchpin is back in full training and available for selection.

It would therefore not be a surprise to see Rodri drop out after he was booked against Poland, so Busquets can prepare to link up with club teammate Pedri in midfield.

Ferran Torres will eye a start after Moreno’s penalty miss against Poland, but the Villarreal player boasts more goal contributions (nine – five goals and four assists) than any other player in the side since his October 2019 debut.

Official team news will be brought to you as soon as it is available.

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:33

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

Slovakia defender Denis Vavro continues his self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, while Ivan Schranz is expected to miss out through injury once again.

Tarkovic has no fresh concerns following the defeat to Sweden, but the Slovakia boss still has a couple of dilemmas to solve in the first XI, particularly as Jakub Hromada seeks to displace Patrik Hrosovsky in the middle.

Lukas Haraslin could also feature on the right flank ahead of Martin Koscelnik, while Ondrej Duda is expected to continue up top despite picking up a booking against the Swedes.

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:25

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 frustrations continued against Poland after Spain’s frustrating goalless draw with Sweden.

La Roja made the ideal start as Alvaro Morata‘s goal was awarded following a VAR review, but Robert Lewandowski rose highest to head home an equaliser in the 54th minute before Gerard Moreno‘s penalty struck the post.

Morata could not direct the follow-up from the penalty on target as Poland stood firm for the final 30 minutes at the Estadio La Cartuja, and Spain simply have to find a winning formula if they are to avoid a group-stage exit at the Euros for the first time since 2004.

Spain are unbeaten in 10 matches across all competitions, but Enrique’s side must now endeavour to win the game and secure passage to the last-16, although a draw could be enough for La Roja,

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:17

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Euro 2020: Spain vs Slovakia

After defeating Poland 2-1, Slovakia were brought crashing back down to earth against Sweden, who leapfrogged them in Group E thanks to a 1-0 win on Friday.

Emil Forsberg‘s confident penalty settled the contest, and manager Stefan Tarkovic has conceded that his side must produce a ‘miracle’ against Spain to make the last-16 for the second time running.

Slovakia’s fate is still in their own hands, as they remain one point above La Roja in second place and need only a draw with Luis Enrique‘s side to seal progression.

The temptation to sit back and defend against Spain will certainly be real for Tarkovic – especially seeing as his crop could not find the target with 10 attempts against Sweden – and Slovakia saw a six-game unbeaten run across all competitions end at the hands of Forsberg, Isak and co. on matchday two.

Slovakia could still progress as winners or finish rock bottom of the group.

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:09

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Spain seeking answers in attack and creativity in the centre to save Euro 2020 campaign

Two games played, one goal scored, no wins attained. It hasn’t been the start to Euro 2020 that Luis Enrique and the entire nation of Spain would have expected, given big wins over Ukraine and Germany in the past 12 months, but in truth those games were always the outliers.

In the 13 games played between Europe’s first early 2020 lockdown and the start of this summer’s finals, Spain drew six times. A further three games were settled by a one-goal margin of either victory or defeat.

Luis Enrique has shuffled his pack, renewed the squad, built around ideals to take the nation forward and taken cornerstones of their previous identity away, but he simply hasn’t yet found the consistent winning formula they crave, in part because of an attack which is all too easily thwarted.

Andrew Gamble23 June 2021 15:00

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Spain are in last-chance saloon territory at Euro 2020 and know they need a win against Slovakia to guarantee themselves a place in the last 16. A draw may prove good enough for Luis Enrique’s side but it will depend on the result between Sweden and Poland.

For Slovakia, the task is altogether more straightforward in terms of mathematics, if not in actual in-game practice: avoid defeat and they are through to the last 16. A defeat will likely see them exit unless they score a few goals in the process.

They put themselves in a good position after the opening match having beaten 10-man Poland, but a dour defeat against Sweden leaves them up against it for the final clash here and they will likely need a stern rearguard action from Milan Skriniar and Co if they are to keep Spain at bay for 90 minutes. Follow all the team news and action here as Slovakia face Spain at Euro 2020.

Lawrence Ostlere23 June 2021 14:49




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