Slovakia have begun their Euro 2020 campaign with a 2-1 win over neighbours Poland in their Group E game in St Petersburg.
Milan Skriniar’s goal in the 69th minute proved decisive, coming moments after Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak was sent off for a second bookable offence. The centre-back finished clinically, firing low beyond Wojciech Szczesny after the ball fell to him at a corner.
Slovakia had taken the lead in the 18th minute thanks to a dazzling solo run from Robert Mak, who cut in from the left and saw his shot hit the post and ricochet in off Szczesny. It was enough to put Slovakia ahead at half-time as Poland’s Robert Lewandowski struggled to impact the game.
Poland equalised moments after the restart, Karol Linetty firing home from Maciej Rybus’ cut back. Paolo Sousa’s side were unable to rally after falling behind again, with defender Jan Bednarek firing narrowly wide in stoppage time. They must now focus on picking up points against Spain and Sweden to avoid an early exit.