LIVE: Sweden vs Slovakia

LIVE: Sweden vs Slovakia

46′ BLOCK! Forsberg inadvertently releases Isak into the box with a loose touch in the final third. The forward takes on a right-footed strike first time towards goal, but Skriniar speeds across and puts in a fine block to divert it wide of the target.

46′ We’re back under way in Saint Petersburg.

Slovakia have been the brighter of the two sides, but are still lacking a cutting edge in the final third. Stefan Tarkovic’s men are in a stronger position in the group and know a point might be enough to send them through to the last-16. It will be interesting to see how that effects their approach in the second half.

It’s goalless at the break in the Euro 2020 Group E clash between Sweden and Slovakia. There have been few chances in the contest, with the best coming just before the interval when Marek Hamsik lifted a 20-yard effort over the bar. Both sides have been resolute at the back, meaning, it will take something special or a mistake to break the deadlock.

45′ HALF-TIME: SWEDEN 0-0 SLOVAKIA

43′ OVER! Duda closes down Augustinsson and it allows him to tee up Hamsik for a strike, but the midfielder curls his 20-yard effort over the bar. Hamsik is not happy with the quality of pass from his team-mate.

42′ Hubocan drops his shoulder down the left flank and supplies a cross into the box. It evades Larsson, but Lustig covers to block the cross.

41′ Both teams have been conservative in their approach to the contest. With four minutes to half-time, both will be satisfied to enter the break with a stalemate.

39′ Tarkovic’s men are beginning to up the ante, but are still struggling to break through the stubborn line of Sweden’s defence.

37′ Slovakia win a corner down the left flank and the cross from Hamsik causes problems in the box. Satka and Kucka both try to launch strikes towards goal, but neither can penetrate a wall of yellow shirts in the area.

35′ A deflected cross from Koscelnik finds its way through to Hamsik, but Danielson does enough to put off the midfielder and help the ball behind for a goal-kick.

33′ There’s not a great deal of threat from either side in the final third, It has been a quiet half for both Robin Olsen and Dubravka.

31′ Hamsik launches a cross from the resulting free-kick towards the back post for Hubocan, but he can only help the ball behind for a goal-kick.

30′ Kristoffer Olsen takes a chance and brings down Hrosovsky. The Sweden midfielder has to be careful having been booked. Slovakia have a free-kick in a useful position.

30′ Slovakia apply pressure down the left flank as Mak launches a cross into the box. Pekarik keeps it alive and scoops a pass towards Kucka, but his cross/shot is repelled by Danielson.

28′ Augstinsson makes another probing run down the left flank. He supplies a cross into the middle where Berg meets it with a boot that launches the ball into the air. It loops towards the net and the forward pursues. However, he can only nod it backwards where Hubocan clears.

26′ Augstinsson digs out a cross from the left flank towards Larsson at the back post. However, the winger fails to rise between Skriniar and Hubocan, allowing Slovakia to clear their lines.

25′ Sweden have completed more successful passes today than the entirety of their match v Spain.

Sweden

23′ Olsen pulls back Kucka on the charge through the middle of the park and goes into the book. That was Olsen’s third challenge of the game.

21′ Kristoffer Olsen drives into the left-inside channel and wins a corner as Pekarik has to close down the midfielder.

20′ Forsberg produces a neat turn in the final third to create space, but he fails to pick out either Berg or Isak on the edge of the Slovakia box.

18′ Both teams are defending extremely well. These are two sides that are well disciplined in their shape. There’s not much room to operate in the final third.

16′ The game is not being played at a great tempo, with both sides content to knock the ball around rather than forcing the issue with incisive play.

14′ Robin Olsen receives a short back-pass from Daniels, but the keeper is composed as he takes it away from the onrushing Duda before offloading to Augustinsson.

13′ OVER! Larsson clips a cross into the box from the right flank for Lustig to attack. However, he can only head his effort over the bar amid pressure from Satka.

12′ Berg is in the action once more for Sweden, earning a free-kick deep in Slovakia territory down the right flank following a loose challenge by Hubocan.

11′ Lustig lifts a deep cross to the back post for Berg to attack, but the forward fouls Pekarik in the process.

10′ Pekarik sends Koscelnik down the right flank and he sends a low cross into the box that deflects of Augustinsson and into the hands of Robin Olsen.

7′ Forsberg’s low cross from the corner fails to beat the first Slovakia defender before Kristoffer Olsen’s follow-up is claimed with ease by Dubravka.

7′ Isak collects in the left-inside channel and twists and turns. He wins a corner off the legs of Satka to keep the pressure on the Slovakia defence.

5′ OVER! Hamsik angles the resulting corner into the box from the left flank. Kucka rises highest in the penalty area to head a cross at goal, but his effort travels narrowly over the bar.

5′ Hamsik angles a cross into the box from the right flank and Lindelof attempts to clear at the first attempt. However, the Manchester United man slices his clearance behind for a corner.

4′ Larsson turns in the final third for Sweden and lines up a drive that is deflected. Dubravka gets down to make the stop before gathering at the second attempt.

3′ Kucka makes a late run into the box to attack a cross from Koscelnik, but the ball loops over his head. It’s a moot point anyway as Koscelnik was offside in the build-up.

2′ Kristoffer Olsen catches Skriniar late as he offloads to Satka. The Sweden man gets a lecture from the referee.

1′ Berg bundles over Kucka in the middle of the park to stop Slovakia moving into the Sweden half. A sign of intent from Andersson’s men.

1′ We’re under way in Saint Petersburg.

Slovakia have never beaten Sweden in their five previous encounters (D3 L2), with their last four games never producing more than two goals.

Slovakia have made two changes to their side from their win over Poland. Hrosovsky comes into the middle alongside Kucka in place of Hromada, who drops to the bench this afternoon. Haraslin also makes way from the starting line-up and is replaced by Koscelnik.

Sweden are unchanged from their draw against Spain last time out. Andersson keeps faith with the same line-up, including Berg who leads the attack with Isak. The Sweden boss resists the temptation to call Juventus forward Kulusevski into the fold. Lustig, who was forced off against La Roja, is fit enough to start from the off.

SLOVAKIA SUBS: Martin Valjent, Jan Gregus, Vladimir Weiss, Robert Bozenik, Laszlo Benes, Dusan Kuciak, David Hancko, Lukas Haraslin, Michal Duris, Stanislav Lobotka, Marek Rodak, Jakub Hromada.

SLOVAKIA (4-2-3-1): Martin Dubravka; Peter Pekarik, Milan Skriniar, Lubomir Satka, Tomas Hubocan; Juraj Kucka, Patrik Hrosovsky; Martin Koscelnik, Marek Hamsik, Robert Mak; Ondrej Duda.

SWEDEN SUBS: Pierre Bengtsson, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Gustav Svensson, Filip Helander, Ken Sema, Emil Krafth, Viktor Claesson, Pontus Jansson, Dejan Kulusevski, Robert Quaison, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Jens Cajuste.

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Robin Olsen, Mikael Lustin, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Danielson, Ludwig Augstinsson; Seb Larsson, Kristoffer Olsen, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Alexander Isak, Marcus Berg.

Slovakia were excellent in their opener, defeating Poland 2-1 in Saint Petersburg. Robert Mak’s sensational run and strike brought about a mistake from Wojciech Szczesny to put them in front. Although Karol Linetty scored an equaliser, Milan Skriniar’s notched the decisive strike to secure the three points for Stefan Tarkovic’s men. Slovakia are top of the group entering the contest and another victory will pave their way into the round of 16.

Sweden played out a goalless draw against Spain in their opener, putting forward a defensive masterclass to defy La Roja. Marcus Berg could have won the contest for his team, but he failed to convert from close range. Jan Olof Andersson will still have been satisfied with the point, although he will have stressed the need for an improvement this afternoon to strengthen their position in the group heading into the final round of games.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 Group E clash between Sweden and Slovakia at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

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