Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich helps Poland stay in Euros as Spain's Diego Llorente watches on

LEEDS United midfielder Mateusz Klich played 55 minutes as Poland kept their hopes of qualification for the Euros knockout stages alive with a 1-1 draw against Spain.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 12:11 am

Klich played 85 minutes of Poland's Euros opener against Slovakia in which Paulo Sousa's side fell to a 2-1 defeat after playing the final 28 minutes with ten men after Grzegorz Krychowiak was sent off for a second booking.

Klich again lined up in the XI as Poland took on Spain in Seville knowing defeat would have meant a Group stages exit for Sousa's side.

Whites centre-back Diego Llorente once again stayed on the Spain bench having been an unused substitute as Luis Enrique's side began their Euros with a goalless draw against Sweden.

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STILL IN IT: Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich, right, battles it out with Spain's Jordi Alba in Saturday's 1-1 draw in Seville. Photo by THANASSIS STAVRAKIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.
STILL IN IT: Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich, right, battles it out with Spain's Jordi Alba in Saturday's 1-1 draw in Seville. Photo by THANASSIS STAVRAKIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Klich began brightly against Spain and saw a long-range effort from some 30 yards out dip just under the crossbar.

Spain then took a 25th-minute lead through Alvaro Morata and Klich was booked for a late challenge 11 minutes later.

Neither side made any changes at the break and Klich was then involved in the move that led to Robert Lewandowski heading the Poles level in the 54th minute.

Klich was then taken off one minute later and looked on as Spain's Gerard Moreno then missed a penalty as the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Sweden are top of the group following Friday night's 1-0 victory against Slovakia who are second on three points.

Poland - who have one point - face Sweden in their final group game on Wednesday evening in Saint Petersburg (kick-off 5pm).

Spain are on two points and take on Slovakia in Seville at the same time.

The top two teams from each group go through to the last 16 along with the four best third-placed sides.

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Thank you Laura Collins