Emil Forsberg scores second-fastest goal in EURO history
Emil Forsberg's goal against Poland at UEFA EURO 2020 came after just a minute and 22 seconds – only Russia's Dmitri Kirichenko has scored one quicker in a EURO finals game.
Sweden's Emil Forsberg celebrates after scoring against Poland
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UEFA.com looks back at the UEFA European Championship's fastest goals, including Emil Forsberg's rapid strike for Sweden against Poland at UEFA EURO 2020.
1:07 – Dmitri Kirichenko (Russia 2-1 Greece, 20/06/2004)
Kirichenko watched from the bench as Russia's UEFA EURO 2004 hopes vanished with back-to-back defeats, but roared out of the blocks when coach Georgi Yartsev started him for their final Group A outing. The CSKA Moskva striker galloped through after 67 seconds to steer a right-footed effort past Antonios Nikopolidis. It remains the finals' fastest goal.
1:22 – Emil Forsberg (Sweden vs Poland, 23/06/21)
Sweden knew victory in their final game would see them top a tough group featuring three-time winners Spain. They made a dream start when the Leipzig midfielder, who had scored the winner in their previous game against Slovakia, pounced on a ricochet to drill his finish across Wojciech Szczęsny.
1:39 – Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark 1-2 Belgium, 17/06/2021)
Denmark came steaming out of the blocks in their second game of UEFA EURO 2020 at Parken Stadium, having lost 1-0 to Finland in their Group B opener in Copenhagen five days earlier – a match which had been significantly delayed following a medical emergency involving the hosts' Christian Eriksen. Cue exuberant celebrations back at the same stadium when Poulsen fired across Thibaut Courtois and into the bottom corner.
The UEFA EURO 2020 group stage ends on Wednesday, with Groups E and F both coming to a conclusion with plenty still in the balance.
We preview the action as Sweden play Poland and Slovakia face Spain, before Germany meet Hungary and Portugal take on France.
18:00: Slovakia vs Spain (Group E, Seville)
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Slovakia may be outsiders, but that is a position in which they so often thrive. Cast your mind back to their 3-2 win against Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, or their 0-0 draw with England at UEFA EURO 2016. Or even their 2-1 defeat of Spain in October 2014. To pull off something similar against La Roja in Seville would perhaps go down as the best of the lot, with a point enough to go through.
This is the sort of occasion that Spain, for a long time, gobbled up. They thrived on the pressure. In recent tournaments, however, they have often slipped when the stakes have been so high. A draw is unlikely to be on their minds considering their pre-tournament ambitions, and would not be enough anyway if Poland beat Sweden. They will be hoping to get the job done, press the reset button and go again in the knockouts.
Key stat: Spain have reached every EURO since 1996 and last missed out on the knockout stages back in 2004. Slovakia advanced to the last 16 at EURO 2016, their first tournament as an independent nation.
18:00: Sweden vs Poland (Group E, Saint Petersburg)
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History is against Poland for this one. Sweden have won each of the sides' last five meetings, the last four by at least two-goal margins, but hope springs eternal – especially after Poland earned a point against a strong Spain side., which means victory on Wednesday will ensure a round of 16 berth. As Wojciech Szczęsny explained to EURO2020.com, "There is belief within the team that we can get through."
Confidence is not exactly lacking among the Swedish squad either, and while Poland may have Robert Lewandowski, the Group E leaders have Alexander 'Kylian' Isak (as billed by his team-mates). Monday's results confirmed the Blågult's spot in the last 16, but they could still finish anywhere from first to third so it's all to play for.
Key stat: Sweden are unbeaten in their last seven games against Poland (W6 D1), scoring 18 goals in that sequence and conceding only three. The Swedes have won 14 of the 26 meetings between the teams overall (D4 L8).
Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Sweden 3 2 1 0 7
Spain 3 1 2 0 5
Slovakia 3 1 0 2 3
Poland 3 0 1 2 1
21:00: Germany vs Hungary (Group F, Munich)
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The absence of Thomas Müller with a knee problem is a blow, but Leon Goretzka is back up to full fitness and there are several other attacking players eager for the chance to impress. Germany have kept only three clean sheets in their last 16 matches and although they will continue to take risks, being careful not to be caught on the counterattack is likely to be high on the agenda with a draw ensuring progress.
Hungary will be without the partisan crowd that helped spur them on to their draw with world champions France last time out, but they can play without pressure in Munich for the win they need. And the Magyarok have upset the apple cart against stellar opposition in the final group game before – just ask Portugal, their opponents in perhaps the game of EURO 2016.
Key stat: These teams have never previously met at a EURO final tournament, and this is also their first competitive meeting since the 1954 World Cup final.
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Watch the quickest goals in EURO history
1:40 – Robert Lewandowski (Poland 1-1 Portugal (3-5 pens), 30/06/2016)
The Poland striker drew a blank in his first four matches at UEFA EURO 2016, but opened his account just 100 seconds into his country’s quarter-final in Marseille, applying a typically unerring finish to Kamil Grosicki's pull-back from the left.
2:00 – Robbie Brady (France 2-1 Republic of Ireland, 26/06/2016)
The round of 16 game in Lyon was exactly two minutes old when Robbie Brady gave Ireland a shock lead, firing a low penalty off the foot of Hugo Lloris's left-hand post.
2:07 – Sergei Aleinikov (England 1-3 Soviet Union, 18/06/1988)
Glenn Hoddle was easily dispossessed early on, and Aleinikov surged through the middle and turned sharply before finishing past Chris Woods, as the USSR got the win they needed to reach the semi-finals.
2:14 – Petr Jiráček (Greece 1-2 Czech Republic, 12/06/2012)
Tomáš Hübschman's measured pass between makeshift Greece centre-backs Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Kostas Katsouranis invited Jiráček to score a goal swiftly added to by Václav Pilař, as the Czechs grabbed their first points in Group A.
2:14 – Alan Shearer (Germany 1-1 England (6-5 pens), 26/06/1996)
This blockbuster semi-final began with a bang; Paul Ince had already had a rasping volley athletically turned over by Andreas Köpke when the keeper was beaten, Shearer swooping to register his fifth goal of the tournament after Tony Adams had flicked on Paul Gascoigne's corner.
Michael Owen wheels away after his effort
Michael Owen wheels away after his effort
2:25 – Michael Owen (Portugal 2-2 England (6-5 pens), 24/06/2004)
England enjoyed a dream start when Jorge Andrade failed to cut out Costinha's misjudged back header, Owen pouncing on the loose ball, pivoting and flicking beyond Ricardo. The goalkeeper later buried the decisive spot kick as Portugal recovered to reach the last four.
2:27– Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria 1-0 Romania, 13/06/1996)
The crowd were still settling into their seats for this group game at St James' Park when, picking up a pass, Stoichkov took advantage of a slip by Miodrag Belodedici to dart through a gap in the defence. He made an extra metre of space with a cute dummy and stabbed the ball past Bogdan Stelea with his left foot.
The fastest goal in a EURO final
5:17 – Chus Pereda (Spain 2-1 Soviet Union, 21/06/1964)
The 1964 showpiece was less than six minutes old when Luis Suárez's right-wing cross was thumped in by Pereda from close range, the Soviet Union's centre-backs having failed to clear.
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