Welcome to Saint Petersburg for our live coverage of Slovakia’s match with Sweden on day eight of the European Championships.
Just one week into Euro 2020, and we’ve already witnessed brilliance, drama, and despair, and have watched heroes being made – and not just by those playing.
Attention will turn to Group D later as Croatia take on the Czech Republic ahead of the big one – England versus Scotland at Wembley – but first it’s to Group E for an intriguing clash that could cause ripples across the tournament.
The Slovakians shocked Poland in their opener earlier this week with a memorable 2-1 win at this very stadium, and another victory today would see them advance to the knockout stages.
However, the Falcons have never beaten Sweden in five previous attempts – including a 6-0 friendly defeat in Abu Dhabi four years ago – and breaking down the Blue and Yellow may prove difficult, as Spain discovered on Monday evening.
The Swedes had to soak up plenty of pressure as they held out for a goalless draw in Seville, but, in Alexander Isak, they possessed the game’s most exciting attacking option that almost stole them the points.
The 21-year-old Real Sociedad forward will once again be eager to showcase his potential this afternoon, and he could be joined on the pitch by another pair of talented young Swedes – Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg – who have both recovered following positive Covid-19 tests.
Confirmation of today’s teams is on the way before more build-up ahead of kick-off at the Saint Petersburg Stadium at 2pm.