Spain players celebrate after the match
Spain players celebrate after the match
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Seville: Spain booked their place in the Euro 2020 round of 16 in style as they ended the hopes of Slovakia with a win that equalled the competition final tournament record margin of victory.

Heartbreak for Poland who were on fire in their fixture against Sweden. Despite going two goals down, Poland dared to dream of beating Sweden after two spectacular goals from Lewandowski, but an injury time goal from Sweden's Claesson sealed their fate. Spain were ruthless against Slovakia. The Spaniards were again misfiring in the first half. Morata missed a penalty, while Spain struggled to convert their chances. But an own goal from Slovakia turned their fortunes. Laporte scored deep into added time in the first half. After that it was all Spain. Three more goals followed from Sarabia and Ferran Torres and the third being a second own goal for the match from Slovakia

Germany and Hungary shared two goals, with the latter making a exit from the championship with 3 points and finishing in the bottom of the table. Germany make it to the last 16, at the match played at the Football Arena in Munich. At the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Cristiano Ronaldo converted twice from the penalty spot as they held table toppers France.

Martin Dubravka saved an early Álvaro Morata penalty but the keeper's freak own goal broke the deadlock. Aymeric Laporte made it 2-0 on half-time and Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres produced impressive finishes before another own goal. Slovakia's goal difference means they will not progress as one of the four best third-placed teams; Spain ended second due to Sweden's dramatic defeat of Poland and face Croatia in the round of 16 in Copenhagen on Monday.

Spain needed a win definitely to go through without relying on Poland not beating Sweden but despite a bright start it was ominous when, after Jakub Hromada brought down Koke in the box, Morata's 12th-minute penalty was saved by Dúbravka.

However, on the half-hour the Slovakia goalkeeper ended up palming a dipping ball into his own net after a Sarabia drive had spun high off the crossbar. Just before half-time it was 2-0, Gerard Moreno pulling wide and crossing for Laporte to loop a header out of Dúbravka's reach.

The third followed early in the second half, a flowing move finding Jordi Alba on the left and his low cross coming to Sarabia, who with his body turning away from goal, steered the ball in. Ferran Torres was introduced on 66 minutes and almost immediately made it 4-0 with a cheeky flick through his legs from Sarabia's cross. It was soon five as another substitute, Pau Torres, made an instant impact, his header rebounding off Dúbravka and turned into his own net by Juraj Kucka.

Viktor Claesson scored an injury-time winner as Sweden beat Poland 3-2 in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday to clinch top spot in Group E and knock their opponents out of Euro 2020.

Emil Forsberg struck twice, the first coming after just 81 seconds, but Robert Lewandowski’s double gave Poland hope of qualifying before Claesson’s late goal sent Sweden through as group winners.

Sweden will likely play Ukraine in the last 16 after pipping Spain to first place, with Slovakia exiting alongside Poland following a crushing 5-0 defeat in Seville.

Janne Andersson’s side, safe in the knowledge they were assured of a place in the next round before kick-off, made a dream start as Forsberg scored for the second game in a row, netting the second-fastest goal in European Championship history.

The RB Leipzig attacker collected a loose ball just outside the Poland area after Kamil Glik flattened Alexander Isak, riding a challenge from Kamil Jozwiak before firing into the far corner.

With Poland needing victory to avoid elimination Lewandowski hit the crossbar twice in a matter of seconds, incredibly failing to convert his own rebound from point-blank range after connecting with Piotr Zielinski’s corner.

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