Shortly before the final tournament, both teams were attacked by the coronavirus. Because of this, they could not play in the strongest teams. Regardless, the Spaniards playing in front of their own fans in Seville were considered the undisputed best.
For the first quarter of the hour, the study of forces continued. The defensive formations did not allow themselves a moment of distraction, which translated into no clear scoring opportunities.
The first to open the scoring was Dani Olmo, who in the 16th minute fired a fatal shot from outside the goal area. The ball “on the goat” was heading towards the goal. However, Robin Olsen showed excellent interference on the line.
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Half an hour before the match ended, Koke was well positioned to score two goals. However, every time he misses the goal – the ball first, after hitting it, goes over the post a meter and then slides over the crossbar.
The hosts should lead 1-0 in the 38th minute. After Marcos Danielson’s fatal mistake, Alvaro Morata came face to face with Olsen. But, due to the despair of the Spanish fans, he missed the target.
Before the break, the Swedes threatened their opponent’s goal only once, but were only centimeters away from their happiness. Alexander Isak hit the goal after that, and after the intervention of offerings from Marcos Llorente, the ball hit the post.
After the team change, the Scandinavian team regrouped in defense and prevented more serious accidents from under their own net. However, the initiative still belonged to the Spaniards. This is clearly confirmed by his ball possession stats, which swing around the 75:25 ratio.
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However, it was the guests who came close to delivering the decisive blow. In the 61st minute, Isak beat three opponents in the penalty area and scored perfectly for Marcus Berg. He had a practically empty goal in front of him, but he nevertheless carried the ball from a few meters above the goal.
Fifteen minutes before the end, coach Luis Enrique brought two more snipers – Gerard Moreno and Mikel Oyarzabal to the field of play. But they did not change the fate of the match, although the first was close to achieving the goal in the 89th minute. Spain ended in a goalless draw with Sweden.
Thus, the interesting leader of Group E after the first series of matches was Slovakia, which had previously defeated the Polish team with a score of 2-1.
On June 18, Sweden will play Slovakia in Saint Petersburg. Petersburg. After a day in Seville, Spain will face Poland.
Luis Enrique (Spain coach): – Despite this draw, we still aim for first place in the group. There are still two more meetings. I will not change my plan. We will try to play the same way in every match. We were better than the opponent who decided to approach from behind. We dominated this match, but if we are not lucky, we could lose it.
Jan Anderson (Sweden coach): – It wasn’t like we saw a rain of good chances from the Spaniards. Even if they have possession of the ball for most of the game. Robin Olsen has interfered well a few times, and they have created many more chances. Of course, there are things we could have done better in this game. But overall I think we did well. Given the class of your opponent, this point is very important.
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