Slovakia VS Spain LIVE Football Match Score June 23/6/2021
Spain know a win against Slovakia tonight will send them through to the Euro 2020 knockout stages following a tough start to the tournament in Group E – but anything less could see them crash out. La Roja had been expected to breeze through a group full of tenacity but relatively low on quality, but Luis Enrique’s men now face a real fight to even make it into the last-16 after drawing their opening two games against Sweden and Poland.
The saving grace for Spain is that they know victory on Wednesday in Seville will take them through to the knockouts. A draw would see them finish third, but that result coupled with a Poland win over Sweden would mean an early exit. As for Slovakia, they would reach the last-16 if they win, or a draw would do coupled with Sweden not losing.
Alexander Isak may have caught the eye on the day, but it was Emil Forsberg’s confidently-dispatched penalty which ultimately settled the contest, and manager 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, though, as they remain one point above La Roja in second place and need only draw with Luis Enrique’s side to seal progression, with their opening-day victory over Poland meaning that they could not be caught by Paulo Sousa’s men in that scenario.
The temptation to shut up shop 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 and co on matchday two.
With shock results being thrown up left right and centre at Euro 2020, the open nature of Group E means that Slovakia could still progress as winners or finish rock bottom of the pile, but the former option sounds slightly far-fetched as Spain seek to kickstart their campaign at the third attempt.