Both teams knew a win will mean qualification, but a draw would have been enough for Slovakia.
After a gruelling first game against Spain, Sweden kept their same game plan to play defensive but Slovakia did have a meaningful attempt at goal.
The first half lacked any creativity or attempts to trouble both goalkeepers.
The second half on the other hand led to a more open game with Sweden realising they can take all the points if they could attack more at Slovakia and bring Alexander Isak more into the game.
Ludwig Augustinsson should have given Sweden the lead with a header after a pin point cross by Sebastian Larsson but Martin Dúbravka’s quick reaction prevented a goal in the 59th minute.
Sweden’s incredible talent, Isak, had a header go above the cross bar on the 67th minute.
However, Isak almost scored the goal of the tournament. Picking up the ball from near the halfway line and getting past two players with the second one attempting to slide tackle, but Isak calmly left him on the floor and then got past another player. He then took a shot to the near post of the goalkeeper but it was saved.
Sweden took the lead with a penalty converted by Emil Forsberg after Robin Quaison was taken down by Dúbravka in the 77th minute.
Once again, Isak almost scored after getting past a player but hesitated to take the shot due to a number of players blocking him, however, Viktor Claesson collected the ball and took a shot. The attempt was saved by the Slovakian goalkeeper in the 81st minute.
The game ended with Sweden winning from a penalty and Slovakia punished for their negative performance.
Source of Image: UEFA EURO 2020 via Twitter