Soccer·EURO 2020 ROUNDUP

Lewandowski's equalizer against Spain keeps Poland alive at Euro 2020

Germany finally clicked into gear at the European Championship, with a little help from defending champion Portugal. The Portuguese became the first team to score two own goals in one game at the continental tournament, giving Germany a 4-2 victory. Earlier, world champion France was held to a draw by Hungary.

Germany takes advantage of Portugal's 2 own goals, France draws Hungary

Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates a goal during a 1-1 draw against Spain in Group E Euro 2020 action on Saturday. (David Ramos/Reuters)

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

Alvaro 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.

Spain pays for mistakes

Spain again paid for its mistakes in front of the net, squandering some good scoring opportunities and being unable to keep Lewandowski in check in one of the few significant chances Poland had in the attack.

Lewandowski, who entered the tournament with only two goals at either a World Cup or a European Championship, was under the spotlight after being held scoreless in the team's 2-1 loss to Slovakia in the opener.

He had a clear chance to break his drought in the first half against Spain when he picked up a rebound inside the area and found himself free from markers in front of the net. But he could not get the ball past Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon, who stopped the ball with his chest. The rebound came after a shot by Karol Swiderski hit the post.

Morata stares down critics

Morata had been singled out by fans and Spanish media for his misses in the opening 0-0 draw against Sweden, but he found the net from close range after making a nice move around his marker.

The goal was initially called off for offside but eventually was confirmed after a quick video review. Morata ran toward the bench to celebrate with coach Luis Enrique, who kept him in the starting lineup despite the criticism.

The pass to Morata for the goal came from Moreno, the only change to the squad made by Luis Enrique after the opening draw.

Fans had been calling for Moreno to play from the start of Euro 2020 following his superb season with Villarreal, but he missed the penalty kick that could have put Spain back in front on Saturday.

Also, 17-year-old Poland midfielder Kacper Kozlowski became the youngest player in the history of the European Championship after going on as a substitute just before Lewandowski scored.

Kozlowski was born on Oct. 16, 2003. England midfielder Jude Bellingham, who was born on June 29, 2003, held the milestone for only six days.

Germany click into top gear

Germany finally clicked into gear at the European Championship, with a little help from defending champion Portugal.

The Portuguese became the first team to score two own goals in one game at the continental tournament, giving Germany a 4-2 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal in the lead in the 15th minute against the run of play. It was his first goal against Germany and his third at Euro 2020. It also extended his all-time tournament record to 12 goals.

But defenders Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro soon put Germany ahead by scoring into their own net in the first half.

Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens then scored two more for Germany early in the second half — becoming the first players within the squad to score at a European Championship.

Diogo Jota got one back for Portugal in the 67th minute.

Both Portugal and Germany have three points in Group F, one behind France, which was surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary in Budapest.

Hungary has one point before its final group game against Germany on Wednesday in Munich. France will play Portugal in Budapest.

WATCH | Euro 2020 players face backlash for taking a knee before games:

Euro 2020 players face backlash for taking a knee before games

7 months ago
Duration 2:30
Euro Cup players taking a knee in the name of racial injustice is dividing teams and their supporters, but no team has been more steadfast in this than England — despite the boos by some of their own fans. 2:30

France 1, Hungary 1

France needed a second-half equalizer from Antoine Griezmann to avoid the biggest upset of the tournament.

Hungary, playing in front of a raucous crowd yet again at the European Championship, held the World Cup champions to a 1-1 draw on Saturday in Budapest.

Griezmann scored in the 66th minute to dampen the spirit of the crowd, which gave Hungary unwavering support throughout the Group F match.

The 67,215-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest is the only stadium at Euro 2020 to allow full crowds. They went wild when Attila Fiola gave the home team the lead.

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

Germany's Matthias Ginter, left, and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo challenge for the ball during the Euro 2020 soccer championship Group F match between Portugal and Germany in Munich on Saturday. (Matthias Schrader/The Associated Press)

Some flares were lit and Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had to remove paper thrown from the stands that landed in his penalty area.

Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema both missed good chances before Hungary's goal.

Given the quality of their opponents, Hungary's draw was more like a victory, and Gulacsi pumped his fists as the crowd gave the players a massive ovation.

The Hungarian players then lined up in front of their home fans behind one goal and stood with their hands on their hearts as the crowd sang.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?