Spain needed a victory to advance safely, and Slovakia ended the competition with a convincing defeat, as it was not among the best third-placed teams in the tournament.
Luis Enrique’s team finished the competition as the second in the group with five points, and Sweden is the first to go further, which beat Poland 3: 2 in St. Petersburg. Slovakia finished the tournament third with three points, and Poland last on the table with a point.
Spain will play against Croatia in the eighth finals, and Sweden against one of the third-placed teams in Ukraine, the Czech Republic or Switzerland.
At the stadium in Seville, Spain had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 12th minute, but goalkeeper Martin Dubravka defended a shot from the penalty spot by Alvaro Morati. It was Spain’s second missed penalty at this year’s European Championships.
Spain also missed a good chance in the 17th minute. Pedri centered in front of the goal, but Pablo Sarabija did not reach the ball. Just a minute later, before the goal of Slovakia, he centered Aspilikueta, but Pedri did not catch the ball. After that, Morata also tried, and Dubravka defended.
Spain took the lead in the 30th minute with an own goal by goalkeeper Dubravka. Previously, he shot Sarabija from the edge of the penalty area and hit the crossbar, and then Dubravka tried to throw the ball, but sent it into the net with his hand.
Spain doubled the advantage in the third minute of overtime with a goal by Emeric Laport, who sent the ball into the net with his head, after Dubravka ran out in an attempt to close Gerard Moreno.
Slovakia started a slightly more offensive second half, but Spain scored in the 56th minute, when the scorer was Sarabia, after a cross by Giorgio Alba from the left side.
Spain scored the fourth goal in the 67th minute, when Ferran Torres sent the ball into the net with the fifth after the addition of Sarabia. In the 71st minute, the football player of Slovakia, Juraj Kucka, scored an own goal, when he tried to throw the ball out after Pau Torres’ attempt.
Despite the great advantage, Spain attacked until the end, but the result did not change, so Luis Enrique’s team achieved its first victory in the tournament.
In the second match in that group, Sweden beat Poland 3: 2 in St. Petersburg.
Sweden took the lead with a goal by Emil Forsberg in the 81st second. It is the second fastest goal in the history of European championships. Only Russian football player Dmitry Kirichenko was faster than him. He scored a goal after 65 seconds in the match against Greece at the European Championship in 2004.
Poland had a good opportunity to equalize in the 17th minute, when Robert Lewandowski hit the crossbar twice in one attack. He first hit the frame of the goal after the corner, and then the ball bounced to him, when he hit the crossbar again.
Forsberg scored the second goal of the game in the 58th minute after an assist by Dejan Kuluševski.
Three minutes later, Poland reduced Lewandowski’s goal after a counterattack. The Bayern striker equalized in the 84th minute on a pass from Frankovski.
Victor Klason brought victory to Sweden in the fourth minute of overtime.