Sweden ranked first in Group E with 7 points after beating Poland 3-2; Spain ranked second with 5 points after beating Slovakia in the first game.
Spain defeated Slovakia 5-0 and faced Croatia in the last 16 games of the 2020 European Cup, while Sweden scored a goal in stoppage time, beating Poland and winning the group first.
Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka made an amazing save that prevented Alvaro Morata’s penalty, but after Pablo Sarabia’s shot from the crossbar and returned to the goal, he hit the ball in. Own goal gave Spain the lead in half an hour.
Aymeric Laporte scored the second goal at half-time, and then Sarabia, Ferran Torres and Juraj Kucka’s second-half goals ended Spain’s first victory in the football championship on Wednesday.
Luis Enrique’s team ranked second in Group E with 5 points, 2 points behind Sweden, and will face Croatia next Monday in Copenhagen. Slovakia ranks third with 3 points and a goal difference of 5 and is going home.
In another group match, Swedish winger Emil Forsberg scored a goal, including a goal in Viktor Kleisen stoppage time to help his country beat Poland 3-2 in the European Championship. The second fastest strike in history.
It was a heartbreaking ending after Poland twice passed the talisman captain Robert Lewandowski to equalize the score, and he gave them a glimmer of hope in the 84th minute with a 2-2 equalizer.
Sweden will next face one of the third-ranked teams in Group B, C or D in Glasgow on June 29-Finland, Ukraine or the Czech Republic.