Spain are still awaiting their first win in the European Championships after Gerard Moreno missed a penalty following Robert Lewandowski’s equaliser, as Poland earned a point on a dramatic night in Seville.
After a profligate performance against Sweden, Alvaro Morata went some way to silencing his critics with the opening goal. The in-form Villarreal forward Moreno – restored to Luis Enrique’s side in the manager’s only change – cut in from the right flank and his scuffed shot fell kindly for the Juventus striker who made no mistake.
The linesman’s flag went up immediately but the goal was given after a quick VAR review.
Karol Swiderski struck the post in response for Poland and the rebound fell to Lewandowski but Unai Simon made himself big to deny the Bayern Munich talisman.
But just nine minutes after the restart Lewandowski had his goal, bullying his marker Aymeric Laporte to powerfully head in from Kamil Joswiak’s cross to level the scores.
Spain squandered a golden opportunity to restore their advantage just moments later from the penalty spot after the referee, having re-watched the inside on the pitchside monitor, deemed Jakub Moder fouled Moreno, but Moreno hit the post from the spot and Morata missed the target with the rebound.
Once again Luis Enrique’s side controlled possession but lacked a ruthless edge and they’re now under pressure to beat Slovakia on Wednesday to make it out of the group.