The Latest: Lewandowski gives Poland 1-1 draw against Spain

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Robert Lewandowski helped keep Poland alive at the European Championship by scoring a second-half equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Spain.

Álvaro Morata ended his scoring drought by putting Spain ahead in the 25th minute but Lewandowski evened things in the 54th with a header for only his third goal with the national team at a major tournament.

Spain striker Gerard Moreno missed a penalty kick shortly after Lewandowski’s goal and Morata then missed an open net after after the ball rebounded off the post.

The result leaves Sweden at the top of Group E with four points after its win over Slovakia on Friday. Slovakia is second with three points while Spain has two. Poland still has a chance of advancing at Euro 2020 despite being last in the group with one point.

Poland midfielder Kacper Kozłowski became the youngest player in the history of the European Championship after going on as a substitute.

The 17-year-old Kozłowski went on in the second half just before Lewandowski scored.

Kozłowski was born on Oct. 16, 2003. England midfielder Jude Bellingham held the milestone for only six days. Bellingham was born on June 29, 2003. He was used as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday.

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Wales captain Gareth Bale says the prospect of playing a last 16 game in London with easy access for its “Red Wall” of fans is an extra motivating factor to beat Italy and win its European Championship group.

Wales meets an Azzurri side on a 29-match unbeaten streak in Rome on Sunday.

The Group A winner will play the second-place team from Group C at Wembley Stadium next Saturday.

Bale says “for the Welsh fans to be able to come and watch us is definitely something that we would love to do.”

Italy leads the group with six points and Wales is next with four.

Bale says that while Italy is “a very well-equipped all-around team” that “doesn’t mean they don’t have weaknesses.”

Bale adds that Wales “definitely feel there’s areas that we can exploit” in Italy “and hopefully that plan goes to perfection tomorrow.”

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Spain captain Sergio Busquets will not play in the team’s match against Poland at the European Championship.

Busquets rejoined the squad on Friday after being cleared of the coronavirus. He had been in isolation since June 6.

Spain coach Luis Enrique had said Busquets would be available to play at La Cartuja Stadium but the Spanish soccer federation says the Barcelona midfielder will not dress for the Group E match in Seville.

Luis Enrique has made only one change from the starting lineup that drew 0-0 with Sweden in the opener. He has added Gerard Moreno in the attack to play alongside Álvaro Morata and Dani Olmo. Moreno replaces Ferran Torres.

Rodri Hernández will remain in the midfield in Busquets’ position.

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Germany got half of its goals from Portugal in a 4-2 victory at the European Championship.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead in Munich but Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro both scored own-goals to put the Germans ahead 2-1 at halftime.

Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens then scored early in the second half for Germany. Diogo Jota got one back for Portugal in the 67th.

Both Portugal and Germany have three points in Group F. France leads the group with four points but was surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary.

The Germans will play Hungary in Munich on Wednesday in their final group game. France will face Portugal in Budapest in the other.

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Portugal has become the first team to score two own-goals in one game at the European Championship.

Defenders Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro both put the ball in their own net to give Germany a 2-1 halftime lead in their Euro 2020 match in Munich.

Cristiano Ronaldo had give the Portuguese the lead in the 15th minute.

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Reaching the knockout stage can have its downsides for players at the European Championship.

Sweden defender Victor Lindelof choked up and had to pass on a question at a news conference after being asked about missing his family back home.

It came after Lindelof’s wife shared pictures on her social media account of their young son recognizing his father on an advertisement outside a store.

An emotional Lindelof says “it’s not a good day to ask such a thing” before leaning back, stretching his arms and then bowing his head for a few seconds.

Sweden’s players left their families to join up with the squad on June 2 and they have to stay in the tournament bubble. A 1-0 win over Slovakia on Friday means the Swedes are likely to qualify for the round of 16 and be at Euro 2020 at least until the end of the month.

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić is facing questions about his future after his team failed to win either of its opening two matches at the European Championship.

Dalić led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final but the team has struggled at Euro 2020.

Croatia has one point in Group D and needs to beat Scotland on Tuesday to have any chance of advancing to the round of 16.

The Croatian media have been especially critical of Dalić’s team selection for the second match against Czech Republic. He was asked if he was leaving after Euro 2020 to join Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Dalić says “I have no idea about it. I am focused only on the match against Scotland.”

He adds “my whole career and life were hard. Everything I did was a struggle and I haven’t run away.”

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Antoine Griezmann scored midway through the second half to give France a 1-1 draw with Hungary and avoid the biggest upset of the European Championship.

Hungary took the lead in first-half injury time when Attila Fiola scored at a packed Puskas Arena. But Griezmann equalized from just inside the penalty area after Hungary failed to clear Kylian Mbappe’s cross from the right.

Mbappe had a late shot saved by Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The 67,215-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest is the only stadium to allow full crowds.

Fiola latched onto the ball after Roland Sallai won a header down the left flank, burst into the penalty area and held off defender Raphael Varane before clipping the ball into the bottom corner.

World Cup champion France missed several good chances before Hungary’s goal.

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Scotland’s players are getting some down time at the European Championship by playing some golf.

The Scots held England to a 0-0 draw at Wembley Stadium but still have a tough road to reach the round of 16. The need to beat Croatia on Tuesday in their last group match at Hampden Park to have any chance of getting through.

Scotland assistant coach Steven Reid says “there was a bit of pressure to get a result” against England and “the boys came through.”

Reid says “you do need a day or two during an intense few weeks to switch off. They’ll play a few holes. Definitely not a full 18.”

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Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he still has barely any feeling in the left side of his face after his injury in the Champions League final last month.

De Bruyne fractured his nose and eye socket in a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the title match in Porto on May 29.

The Manchester City midfielder required a minor operation and made his return to action in Belgium’s 2-1 win over Denmark on Thursday in their second group match at the European Championship. He scored one goal and set up another after coming on as a halftime substitute.

De Bruyne says “I still have very little feeling in the left side. I have got used to that.”

He says he has been “a bit scared to go into challenges” but “am glad I don’t have to play with a mask. I think I would be annoyed with that.”

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The only stadium to allow full crowds at this year’s European Championship is packed and ready to go again.

The 67,215-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest is expected to provide another raucous atmosphere when Hungary faces World Cup champion France.

Many waved the green-white-and-red national flag while some were clad in black T-shirts. Others stood bare-chested behind one of the goals in bright afternoon sunshine.

UEFA says there are about 5,700 French fans present for the match.

France can advance to the round of 16 with a victory.

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Christian Eriksen’s Denmark teammates say his visit came as a big surprise and that he gave them all a hug before having lunch with the team.

Eriksen was discharged from a Copenhagen hospital on Friday and immediately went to see his teammates at their Euro 2020 base camp outside the capital.

Midfielder Christian Norgaard says they didn’t know he was coming “so we stopped the training session when he arrived.”

He says Eriksen was accompanied by his partner and his 3-year-old son. Norgaard says the visit “gave a good energy” to the team and that “it’s what we needed.”

The 29-year-old Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland last Saturday and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.

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Cristiano Ronaldo can add to his record total of goals at European Championships when Portugal plays Germany in Munich.

Ronaldo scored two goals in his team’s opening victory at Euro 2020. That gave him 11 goals over his five tournaments.

World Cup champion France will play Hungary in Budapest in the early game. Spain will take on Poland in the late match in Seville.

Portugal and France can both advance to the round of 16 with victories.

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