Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had an almostspotless tournament in goal for Slovakia until the final group game against Spain. Slovakia had earlier been drawn in Group E alongside the Spaniards when the draw for Euro 2020 was made several months back. Apart from Spain and Slovakia, Poland and Sweden were also drawn in Group E.
Magpies shot stopper Dubravkawas one of the best players for Slovakia in their tournament opener against Poland. Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar scored the winning goal for the Slovaks as they defeated Poland 2-1 to start the tournament on an impressive note though the Polish team had to play the majority of the second half with ten men after experienced midfielder GrzegoryKrychowiak was sent off for two yellow cards. Former West Bromstar Krychowiak was the first player to receive his marching orders at the Euro 2020 tournament.
Slovakia were unable to build on the win over Poland in their first match at the tournament when they faced Sweden in their second game thanks in part to Dubravka who conceded the penalty that led to the winning goal of the game from Emil Forsberg.Dubravka and Slovakia went into the final group game against Spain needing a result to ensure that they will seal a place in the knockout stage even though they could also achieve the same target with defeat.
In the game against Spain, Dubravka made a bright start to the game saving the penalty from Juventus attacker Alvaro Morata. The Newcastle United shot stopper then went from hero to zero when he punched the ball into his own net to give the Spaniards the lead in the first half and that played a big part in the outcome of the game which ended 5-0 in favour of Spain. The heavy defeat ensured that Slovakia could not qualify for the knockout stage even as one of the best losers having finished third in their group.