Victor Lindelof’s Sweden went into their final Group E fixture looking to build on gaining four points from their first two matches.
After a dramatic 90 minutes against Poland they finished top of the group thanks to a 3-2 victory.
Spain had pushed them close, winning 5-0 against Slovakia, while at Poland’s 84th minute equaliser tied the game at 2-2.
Sweden scored a winner in the 93rd minute, only after Victor Lindelof managed to save his team.
This picture below shows Lindelof making a crucial interception in the dying moments with the score tied.
Poland were in the ascendancy after fighting back from 2-0 down and a perfectly floated cross prompted an invitation for them to score a winner. Lindelof was in the right place at the right time to make a crucial intervention.
It had not been easy
Lindelof said ahead of the game that he knew Sweden were in for a tough task against Lewandowski.
The Polish striker’s brace were his 54th and 55th goals of the season. Many top defenders have tried to stop him and come up short.
Lindelof may be disappointed with Lewandowski’s first. He backed off him too much, allowing the Bayern striker enough time to curl a shot over the goalkeeper and into the top corner.
This is one of the criticisms of the Swede, that he sits back at times and is not aggressive enough. We have all watched him enough over the past few seasons to know what his faults are.
Where Lindelof deserves credit is his ability to bounce back and recover.With Sweden wobbling and heading for second place in Group E, or potentially worse with a 3-2 loss, the Manchester United defender made his important headed clearance to deny Poland a third goal.
Sweden went up the other end moments later to score a winner themselves through Viktor Claesen.
Lindelof won seven aerial duels during the victory, and made six clearances.
The two goals were the first he had conceded at Euro 2020 and now he is into the knockout stages. He is not the first defender to fail to stop Robert Lewandowski and he certainly won’t be the last.
United are still likely to sign another centre-back this summer. Regardless Lindelof is determined to give a strong account of himself.
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