Spain lost, after 28 years of qualifying for the World Cup.
Spain forgot the taste of defeat in the World Cup qualifiers. After almost three decades, they had to get that bitter taste again. Sweden lost to the former world champions after scoring a goal in the beginning.
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Both teams saw the net in the first five minutes of Thursday night’s Group B match at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Sweden won 2-1 in the end.
Alexander Isaac equalized after leading Spain by Carlos Sol. Victor Klaassen scored the winning goal.
Spain had last lost their last World Cup qualifier in March 1993, 1-0 against Denmark in Copenhagen. Sometimes they were unbeaten in 6 consecutive matches (52 wins and 14 draws).
Spain took 12 shots on goal with 75 percent of the ball in possession, 4 of which were on target. Sweden, on the other hand, aimed only four of their six shots.
Spain played its first match after losing in a tiebreaker against Italy in the semi-finals of the last European Championship. They drew 0-0 with Sweden in the group stage of the tournament.
Saul saw the net in the fourth minute of his debut for the national team. The 24-year-old Valencia midfielder led the team in the half-volley at the far post at Jordi Albar Cross.
Sweden equalized in the next minute. Isaac scored the goal with a shot from outside the D-box. However, Sol and Sergio Busquets have enough responsibility for this goal.
Alvaro Morata got a good chance in the eleventh minute. However, the Juventus forward was disappointed. Later the speed of the game decreases a bit. Neither team was able to create a very clear opportunity in the first half.
In the fourth minute of the second half, Cesar Aspilicueta made a great low cross in the six yard box from the right side. Ferran Torres’ flick was stopped by Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
In the 55th minute, when Eric Garcia got the ball in the D-box, Sweden strongly appealed for a penalty. However, the referee did not respond. The hosts went ahead immediately. Dezan Kulusevsky’s extended ball from the left was controlled in the D-box and Klaassen found the net with a close post.
The rest of the time Spain will turn around, the opponent could not take the test of the goalkeeper. On the contrary, Sweden has spread fear several times in defense of the opponent. Although the gap did not increase due to the determination of the visiting defenders, the Swedes left the field in the excitement of a great victory.
Sweden topped the group with 9 points after 100 percent success in three matches. After playing more than one match, Spain has dropped to two with 2 wins and 6 points in one draw.Kosovo, who beat Georgia 1-0 in another match, are three with three points from three matches. Greece 2 points in two matches, Georgia 1 point in four matches.