Poland striker Robert Lewandowski mentioned it was powerful to simply accept his group’s group stage elimination at Euro 2020 on Wednesday following a dramatic 3-2 loss to Sweden.
Needing a victory to succeed in the final 16, Poland got here from two targets right down to equalise as Lewandowski scored twice within the Group E sport in Saint Petersburg.
But Viktor Claesson’s 94th-minute winner extinguished Polish hopes and condemned Paulo Sousa’s aspect to a bunch stage exit, the identical destiny the nation suffered on the 2018 World Cup.
“Of course it hurts. To be out of this tournament is a big loss for us. It’s going to be hard to accept,” Lewandowski advised Polish state broadcaster TVP.
“You can’t say we didn’t have combating spirit, ambition or willpower. But there was one thing lacking, the flexibility to win this match to maintain on taking part in.
“But congratulations to the lads for trying, for battling. It wasn’t enough.”