The possibilities got here and went however neither Spain nor Sweden managed to place any of them within the internet.
Spain dominated possession and stored the stress on the opposing space for a lot of the match however the Swedes held on for a 0-0 draw Monday on the European Championship.
Sweden managed just a few possibilities at La Cartuja Stadium, however they had been among the most harmful ones.
Alexander Isak, who performs for Spanish membership Real Sociedad, had a shot from inside the realm hit the put up after deflecting off Spain defender Marcos Llorente in entrance of the aim line.
Early within the second half, Marcus Berg was inside the realm with the ball coming his manner, however he mishit his shot.
Álvaro Morata had Spain’s greatest likelihood just some minutes earlier than Isak however his shot missed huge with goalkeeper Robin Olsen the one opponent to beat.
“Everyone can make mistakes, we all make them,” Spain midfielder Pedri González mentioned about Morata, who was booed by a part of the Spanish followers. “He works hard for the team and that always shows on the field.”
Morata had already missed some possibilities and been jeered in Spain’s remaining warm-up match in opposition to Portugal, additionally a 0-0 draw.
Spain pressed till the top on Monday however stored misfiring. Olsen made a Ninetieth-minute save off a header by substitute Gerard Moreno, and he had already stopped one other close-range header by Dani Olmo within the first half.
“The way we earned that point today, the entire team, the way the guys ran in the heat, it wasn’t just me who earned this point,” Olsen mentioned. “It was an incredible team effort. We didn’t play our best game. It’s not the most well-deserved point we’ve ever taken. But we battled. We showed that we wanted it.”
Spain ended with 75% of possession and had 17 complete makes an attempt, with 5 on course. Sweden missed the goal on its 4 makes an attempt.
“We played against a rival that decided to defend and tried to create some danger with long balls, and it actually had the chance the win the match,” Spain coach Luis Enrique mentioned. “It’s a disappointing draw for us.”
Spain had failed to attain in solely one in all its final 14 group matches at European Championships.
Sweden hadn’t drawn any of its final 17 worldwide matches, since a tie in opposition to Spain in qualifying for Euro 2020.
“If you come here and play Spain in 32 degree heat (90 degree F) and think you’re going to outplay them, you’re totally naive,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson mentioned. ”I’m in no way ashamed of this level. If we need to take factors from some of these groups, now we have to play this fashion.”
In the opposite group match, Slovakia defeated Poland 2-1 in St. Petersburg.
Spain’s matches at Euro 2020 are being performed in Seville as an alternative of Bilbao — the unique host metropolis for the continent-wide event — as a result of the excessive contagion charge of the virus within the northern metropolis wouldn’t permit for a lot of followers to attend video games.
A restricted crowd of 12,517 attended the match at La Cartuja, the place Spain may also play Poland on Saturday and Slovakia on June 23. A quarterfinal match may also be performed on the stadium.
Sweden, which hasn’t superior previous the group stage on the European Championship since 2004, subsequent faces Slovakia on Friday in St. Petersburg. The Swedes may also play in Russia in opposition to Poland.
Both groups had been with out gamers due to the coronavirus. Spain misplaced captain Sergio Busquets and Sweden was with out Mattias Svanberg and Dejan Kulusevski. They had been all nonetheless in isolation after testing optimistic for COVID-19 final week.
The complete Spanish crew was vaccinated simply days earlier than its opening match.
Luis Enrique began with Rodri Hernández in Busquets’ place, with teenager Pedri and Koke Resurrección alongside him within the midfield. The 18-year-old Pedri turned Spain’s youngest ever participant on the event.
Both sides are additionally with out their veteran stars at Euro 2020. Sergio Ramos was left off the Spain squad after taking part in sparingly for Real Madrid this season due to accidents, whereas Zlatan Ibrahimovic — who ended his retirement from Sweden’s worldwide crew in March — couldn’t make it to the event due to a knee drawback.