Spain lost in Sweden (2-1) and got into a big mess in the World Cup qualifying stage. La Roja no longer depends on itself to finish first in the group and that means that the play-off is closer. A play-off that has changed its format and that Luis Enrique did not want, but that he now sees closer after the KO in Sweden.
The first minutes were crazy at the Friends Arena. Spain commanded with the ball and with some great movements of unmarking highlighting the connection on the right wing of Carlos Soler, starter, and Ferran Torres. La Roja was rewarded for their good game with 0-1 in the fifth minute. Great combination play between the Spaniards that ended with the ball at the feet of Jordi Alba who put a cross at the far post through which Carlos Soler entered to score the 0-1. It was minute five and Spain had done the most difficult, but that Hispanic joy barely lasted a minute. A ruling between Soler and Busquets led to Isaksteal a ball to send a right to the bottom of the goal of Unai Simón.
Within a minute, both teams had scored and a great game was being watched in Sweden. The two teams had to start over and each with their arguments. Spain had the ball while Sweden waited for the ruling to go against it. In this scenario, the Red was in command, but as the minutes went by, the Spanish combinations on the front end became lateral centers that made the work of the Swedish defense much easier. Spain commanded but did not generate danger and, on top, began to make mistakes in the center of the field and in defense that sometimes ended with Sweden. A selection, the Swedish, who ended up sending in the final stretch of the match with Isak at the helm and generating chances against Unai Simón. Spain finished the first half blurred and neither the change of band of Ferran Torres and Gerard Moreno helped La Roja to take flight before the break that was reached with that 1-1 and with the feeling that Luis Enrique’s men had to regain the game at the beginning of the duel if they wanted to win.
Sweden comes forward
La Roja traced the start of the game at the start of the second half, with an occasion included, but it was a mirage. Sweden not only held out, but also went ahead on the scoreboard. It was Claesson , alone in the area, who scored 2-1 in the 57th minute after a great play by Kulusevski that left the Spanish defenders in evidence.
La Roja had to react and Luis Enrique put Adama Traoré on the field and removed Gerard Moreno who did not have his night and who left ‘touched’. The entrance of Adama gave more power and verticality to the Spanish attack. Meanwhile, Sweden, followed his looking for the counter to sentence.
Luis Enrique kept moving the bench to find the right key to give Spain that reaction that did not arrive. Sarabia and Marcos Llorente entered for Morata and Koke , respectively. Sweden, for its part, took advantage of Hispanic anxiety to have chances to sentence.
Spain squeezed and squeezed looking for the tie that, as the game was, was not a lesser evil. Rodri and Brais Méndez were the last bullets of Luis Enrique that took Busquets and Carlos Soler from the field , respectively. The minutes went by and the saving goal for Spain did not come despite pressure from La Roja. Sweden defended themselves with everything to preserve that victory. A triumph that ended up taking and Spain has gotten into a big mess to go directly to the World Cup.