In a 1-1 draw in Seville, Alvaro Morata and Robert Lewandowski scored goals in each half to ensure that Spain and Poland could not be separated.
The hosts, Spain, came into the game off the back of a goalless draw with Sweden on the first day of the group stages of UEFA Euro 2020.
With manager Luis Enrique making only one change to his starting lineup, a win for La Roja would have put them in excellent position to qualify for the knockout phase. In attack, Manchester City winger Ferran Torres was replaced by Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno.
When Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich’s effort from the edge of the box brushed the top of the crossbar, Poland had the first glimpse at a goal in the game.
Spain took their time getting into the game and, as expected, controlled possession. In the 25th minute, Alvaro Morata converted a mishit shot by Moreno with a one-time finish into the net.
The goal was initially disallowed owing to offside, but VAR discussions revealed that the Juventus player was onside during the buildup.
This was Morata's 20th goal for Spain in his 42nd appearance for the national team.
In the closing 15 minutes of the first half, Gerard Moreno had two golden chances to score but failed to take them.
Poland's squandered opportunities were much more frivolous. First, Karol Swiderski made an irrational decision to use his leg to attack a perfectly placed cross by Lewandowski when a header could have easily struck the back of the net.
The following blunder was much more shocking. With a bullet shot that came off the post, Swiderski made apologies for his earlier miss, but Robert Lewandowski blasted the rebound straight at Unai Simon from six yards out, which was far from the desired result.
The Bayern Munich man was not to be denied a second time, rising highest to tip in a magnificent header from Kamil Jozwiak's cross nine minutes after the restart, leaving Simon with no chance.
Poland instantly lost their heads, and Spain was given a lifeline just two minutes later when Italian referee Daniele Orsato, after consulting the VAR, pointed to the spot for a disputed penalty.
With Szczesny beaten, Gerard Moreno won the penalty kick and brushed himself up to take it, but he could only hit the bottom right post. Morata could have done better with the rebound, but he hit the post with his shot.
Spain upped the tempo in the dying minutes of the game, but Poland's tenacious defense ensured the game ended in a tie.
Here are five key takeaways from the game.
5 There's a lot of pressure on Luis Enrique.
In the previous decade, Spain has shaken off its reputation as "perennial underachievers," with its absolute dominance propelling the squad into talks as one of the greatest international teams in history.
The golden generation, however, has already passed away, leaving La Furia Roja to rebuild.
Nonetheless, even if they lack the talent of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres, and co., the current crop of players are still world-beaters in their own right.
Luis Enrique has done an outstanding job as Spain's manager since taking over, but he made headlines when he announced his final roster for the 2020 European Championship.
For the first time in history, Spain will enter a major tournament without a Real Madrid player, and the omission of famous names led by Sergio Ramos has also raised concerns.
Spain was one of the favorites to win the tournament, but in their two games so far, the Iberian team has flattered to deceived.
Following a goalless stalemate with Sweden on matchday one, another stalemate with Poland ensued. And the manner in which they battled for originality in both games is concerning.
Spain set a tournament record with 85 percent possession against the Swedes but failed to score, and it was the same story against a determined Poland defense.
With the draw, Spain retains control of their destiny in a must-win match against Slovakia. However, their performances thus far have been disappointing, and Luis Enrique must swiftly find a solution to the situation.
4 Against Spain, Kacper Kozlowski sets a new European Championship record.
In the 55th minute, Kacper Kozlowski replaced Mateusz Klich, becoming the youngest player to ever compete in the European Championship.
When he came on for Harry Kane for England against Croatia six days ago, the Pogon Szczecin midfielder smashed Jude Bellingham's previous record of 17 years and 246 days.
Kozlowski is a highly rated Polish prodigy who has lit up his own league, attracting interest from some of Europe's best players.
17 - Kacper Kozlowski (17 years and 246 days) has become the youngest ever player to make an appearance at the European Championships, overtaking Jude Bellingham's record (17y 349d) set for England six days ago. Fleeting. #EURO2020#POL
The 17-year-old has a history of shattering records, having debuted in the league at the age of 15 years and 215 days. He also recovered from a devastating automobile accident earlier this year in time to make his senior international debut in March.
Kacper Kozlowski's record will stand for at least three years as the tournament's youngest player, and his compatriots will be hoping he can reach the heights predicted.