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Wojciech Szczesny's Euros bad luck continues with latest howler for Poland against Slovakia

Poland were undone in their hard-fought encounter against Slovakia in their opening game of the ongoing Euro 2020 Championship on Monday evening.

The source of their misery stemmed from their goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny who bundled a ball into his own net in just the 18th minute of their group E match at the St Petersburg Stadium.

The goal ensured that the Polish trailed for almost half an hour before Karol Linetty saved the day with a well struck equaliser in the 46th minute.

But Szczesny must feel terrible for the persistent manner in which his participation in the Euro Championships every four years has often ended in disasters.

EURO 2012

The Juventus goalkeeper made his first appearance at the Euros in 2012. The young keeper then playing for London club, Arsenal had received his first baptism of fire when he was shown a straight red for deliberately sticking out his legs to upend Greek opponent, Dimitris Salpangidis in a goalmouth scramble.

He would end up missing their next game after he was handed a one-match ban by UEFA.

EURO 2016

Once again, he was selected as Poland's first choice keeper in goal. But his unsavoury experience four years before would again be re-echoed as he damaged his thigh muscles in their opening game against Northern Ireland to completely end his tournament.

Although they won against the Irish, Szczesny would play no part in their remaining two group games against Germany and Ukraine respectively.

EURO 2020

Szczesny's opening game nightmare at the European Championships followed him again to St. Petersburg on Monday, June 14 2021 as he again ran into another misfortune, gifting the Slovaks a goal after he fumbled home a seemingly harmless ball.

Now, if the first two incidents could remotely be described as coincidences, it might be very hard to convince anyone that this latest misfortune is.

Slovakia ended up beating Poland thus putting added pressure on Szczesny who is now certain to conclude that he is being dogged by a Euro Championships bogey that has refused to go away.

Their case was certainly not helped after Slovakia's AC Milan striker, Milan Skriniar pounced in the 69th minute to score. This was after his teammate, Grzegorz Krychowiak had been sent off in the 62nd minute of a tense encounter.

Now, it is possible that Poland might have been able to take something away from the encounter had that mistake not been made. Or what do think?

Do you also think that what Szczesny is facing is anything other than mere coincidences?

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