Sweden take top spot after thrilling 3-2 win over Poland

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Sweden topped Group E and sent Poland home from the European Championship on Wednesday with a stoppage time winner to make it 3-2 in one of the tournament’s most exciting games.

Sweden appeared to be cruising after Emil Forsberg scored the second fastest goal in Euros’ history a mere 82 seconds in, followed by a second-half breakaway strike.

But Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, who hit the bar twice in the first half, narrowed Sweden’s lead two minutes later with a curling shot from outside the edge of the penalty area, then got a second in the 84th minute to set up a thrilling finale.

Viktor Claesson got Sweden’s winner in stoppage time. 

In the knockout stage, Sweden will face one of the third-placed sides in Glasgow on June 29. 

Spain, who beat Slovakia 5-0 in the other Group E game to come second, will meet Croatia in Copenhagen on June 28.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

Photo Viktor Claesson (C) of Sweden scores the 3-2 lead during the UEFA EURO 2020 group E preliminary round soccer match between Sweden and Poland in St.Petersburg, Russia, 23 June 2021. EPA-EFE/Maxim Shemetov / POOL