While Slovakia tamed Poland earlier this Monday (2-1), Spain and Sweden met for the account of the first day. Two formations which were in the same qualifying group and where La Roja had taken the advantage. For this poster, Spain was therefore organized in a classic 4-3-3 with Aymeric Laporte alongside Pau Torres in defense. Alone at the top, Alvaro Morata was supported by Feran Torres and Dani Olmo. For their part, Sweden opted for a 4-4-2 with Emil Forsberg, Albin Ekdal, Kristoffer Olsson and Sebastian Larsson in the midfield. At the peak, Marcus Berg and Alexander Isak were partners.
Very quickly, the scenario of the meeting took shape with a Spanish team which took the game on its own with a strong possession. Sweden came in with a solid block and tried to respond with a few blocks. The first big opportunity came quickly enough for La Roja with a header from Dani Olmo, but Robin Olsen well placed captured the ball (16th). Spain insisted and Koke failed to shoot Robin Olsen on the left (23rd) before hitting just above the crossbar. Cornered, Sweden bent but did not break. Alvaro Morata then had an excellent ball to open the scoring, but he opened his foot too much and his cross shot went to the right of Robin Olsen’s goal (38 ‘).
The Swedish fortress did not let go
An error that could have been expensive since Alexander Isak got the better of Unai Simon, but Marcos Llorente saved La Roja (41st). Dani Olmo offered himself a last strike (45th), but we remained on a goalless draw at the break. Back from the locker room, Sweden put the danger on a free kick, but Mikael Lustig got tangled up. Less sharp than in the first period, Spain had control without managing to convert it on the scoreboard. Worse, Sweden was hurting via Alexander Isak. After a number, he found Marcus Berg to the left of the goal, but the Krasnodar player did not fit (61st).
Spain was divided between the risk of being punished against and the fact of attacking in numbers. Quite interesting tonight, Dani Olmo got a good attempt following an excellent work by Marcos Llorente but Marcus Danielsson came to barely counter (73rd). The pace fell over the minutes and the opportunities were few. At the very end of regulation time, Gerard Moreno was distinguished by a point blank header rejected by Robin Olsen (90th). Finally, the two teams parted in a 0-0 draw. Slovakia leads this group, two points behind the two evening opponents, while Poland is last. Sweden will challenge Slovakia on Friday while Spain face Poland on Saturday.
Classification of groups
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