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Spain Beat Sweden to Extend Lead at Top of Group F


Ahmed Ahmed

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:26 GMT

Spain beat Sweden 3-0 on Monday, 10th June, to extend their lead at the top of Group F in Euro 2020 qualifiers. All three goals came in the second half as Luis Enrique’s side wore down their opposition as the game went on. A penalty apiece from Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata put them ahead, before a late goal from Mikel Oyarzabal sealed the victory.

A victory at the Bernabeu would have taken Sweden top of their group, but after a solid first half performance they failed too keep up with their opponents in a one-sided second half. 

Spain surprisingly dropped star goalkeeper David de Gea in favour Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga in their starting line-up. But the 24-year-old was largely a spectator throughout the evening as Spain dominated possession.  

They were unlucky in taking the lead early in the game as Rodrigo’s opener was controversially ruled out for offside. They finally took the lead just after the hour mark. Seb Larsson was judged to have handled Marcos Asensio’s cross allowing the captain, Ramos, to strike home the penalty.

They doubled their lead in the 85th minute as Morata was brought down in the area by Filip Helander. The 26-year-old picked himself to strike the penalty into the bottom left corner. Oyarzabal curled in a third goal, minutes later, to secure the victory as Spain extended their lead at the top of group to twelve points, five ahead of Sweden and Romania who remain on seven. 

After the game AFP reported that Morata said that the game was tough despite the result. "These matches are more difficult than the result makes them look," Morata told Spanish media. "We played well, defended well and we are very happy."