EURO 2020: Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0

  • Emile Hosberg’s converted a penalty to give Sweden a vital win over Slovakia

Emile Hosberg’s penalty in the second half gives Sweden a much-needed win over Slovakia in Russia.

The win moves the Swedes a step forward to qualifying for their first Euros knockout stage since 2004.

Sweden came out bright in the second half after a lackluster first half, creating chances but not finding the finish.

Ludwig Augustinsson almost found the opening goal when he met Seb Larsson’s cross but Newcastle’s Dubravka palmed the ball over the goal.

The push finally paid off in the 75th minute when a through ball by 21-year old sensation Alexander Isak to substitute Robin Quaison who was bundled by on-rushing Dubravka for a penalty.

Emil Forsberg kept his cool and slotted the ball into the right corner- the nation’s first goal in the Euros since 2004.

Slovakia attempted to rally late in the match but could not find the final ball.

They never have to beat Spain on Wednesday to find a chance to qualify to the knockout stage.