Sweden beat Spain, 2-1, in the match between the two teams, Thursday evening, at the “Friends Arena” in Solna, as part of the fourth round of Group B of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup..
The first half ended with a 1-1 draw, as Spain advanced with the goal of Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler in his first international appearance in the fifth minute, and Sweden striker Alexander Isak quickly equalized in the sixth minute with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area..
Victor Claesson scored the winning goal for Sweden in the 57th minute with a ground shot from inside the penalty area.
Sweden took the lead in the group with 9 points from its Spanish counterpart, who fell to second place with 7 points.
Spain coach Luis Enrique excluded from the list of Matador, young midfielder Pedri, the Barcelona star, after he had a two-week break due to stress as a result of matches last season, and his participation in the European Nations and then the Tokyo Olympics..
Spain entered the match with the following formation.
Goalkeeper: Unai Simon
Defense Line: Azpilicueta – Eric Garcia – Laporte – Jordi Alba
Midfield: Busquets – Soler – Koke
Forwards: Ferran Torres, Gerard Moreno, Morata
The Spanish national team list witnessed the absence of all Real Madrid players, so Enrique continued to exclude the royal team players, as he did in the recent Euro 2020 tournament, in addition to the injured Sergio Ramos, Paris Saint-Germain defender, while the Swedish team missed the veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan striker. Next Sunday, Spain will face Georgia, and then Kosovo on Wednesday.