Spain 0-0 Sweden: Luis Enrique’s team forced to settle for goalless draw in Seville


Alvaro Morata was whistled by Spain supporters in Seville as Luis Enrique’s team failed to beat Everton reserve keeper Robin Olsen.

Morata missed good chances either side of half time against Sweden and with unforgiving home supporters jeering him he was taken off with 25 minutes left.

The former Chelsea striker carried the can for Spain’s failure to finish moves and make the most of their domination of possession but it was Olsen’s night with a string of superb saves including an injury time block to deny substitute Gerard Moreno.  

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Spain were forced to settle for a goalless draw with Sweden at Euro 2020 with both teams squandering gilt-edged openings

Spain were forced to settle for a goalless draw with Sweden at Euro 2020 with both teams squandering gilt-edged openings

Gerard Moreno was thrown on a second-half substitute but saw his late header kicked away by Swedish stopper Robin Olsen

Gerard Moreno was thrown on a second-half substitute but saw his late header kicked away by Swedish stopper Robin Olsen

Marcus Berg also missed a fine chance at the other end after skewing his side-footed attempt wide of the gaping Spain goal

Marcus Berg also missed a fine chance at the other end after skewing his side-footed attempt wide of the gaping Spain goal

Olsen was brought in last season by Carlo Ancelotti to put pressure on Jordan Pickford but with the Italian coaching leaving he is likely to return to Roma. 

As shop windows go this will have done his summer prospects no end of good. Morata’s crime was to not even force Olsen into a save with two clear-cut opportunities.

Of the whistles for his team-mate, Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte said: ‘It’s hard to understand and it’s not the first time it has happened. 

‘You can’t doubt someone of his quality. He can score three in the next game and that will shut people up.’ 

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND GROUP TABLE

Spain (4-3-3): Simon 6, Llorente 7, Pau Torres 6, Laporte 6, Jordi Alba 6, Rodri 6 (Thiago 65), Pedri 6, Koke 8 (Fabian Ruiz 89), Dani Olmo 8 (Oyarzabal 74), Torres 5 (Moreno 74), Morata 4 (Sarabia 65)

Subs not used: De Gea, Azpilicueta, D. Llorente, Garcia, Sanchez, Gaya, Traore

Manager: Luis Enrique

Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen 8, Lustig 6, Lindelof 6, Danielson 6, Augustinsson 6, Larsson 6, Ekdal 6, Olsson 6 (Bengtsson 84), Forsberg 6 (Cajuste 84), Berg 6 (Claesson 68), Isak 6 (Quaison 68)

Subs not used: Johnsson, Svensson, Helander, Sema, Jansson, Nordfeldt, Larsson

Booked: Lustig 

Manager: Janne Andersson 

 

Berg was left in disbelief after firing wide of the far post, and was teed up following superb work from partner Alexander Isak

Berg was left in disbelief after firing wide of the far post, and was teed up following superb work from partner Alexander Isak

Koke pulled the trigger whilst under pressure as Spain mounted countless waves of pressure on the Swedish penalty area

Koke pulled the trigger whilst under pressure as Spain mounted countless waves of pressure on the Swedish penalty area

Dani Olmo rose highest to nod towards goal and his effort looked poised to nestle inside the bottom corner before a fine stop

Dani Olmo rose highest to nod towards goal and his effort looked poised to nestle inside the bottom corner before a fine stop

Spain coach Luis Enrique preferred to blame the playing surface. He said: ‘Morata does so many things well. He was unlucky in front of goal but he has the personality to recover.

‘The pitch did not help. The players complained about it. It’s not an excuse. We created chances but we couldn’t take them.

‘We were better than a rival that decided to defend and defend and defend.’

The Spain coach had picked a young side with Pedri becoming the youngest player to represent them at a major tournament aged 18 years and 201 days. 

He was shadowed by Kristoffen Olsson, who chopped him down at the first opportunity and was lucky to escape with just a warning from Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic. 

Olsen was found in superb form when called upon and had been able to spring across to his left and push away the header

Olsen was found in superb form when called upon and had been able to spring across to his left and push away the header

Koke was left in disbelief after missing a chance of his own, and Spain were ultimately left to take just a point from the clash

Koke was left in disbelief after missing a chance of his own, and Spain were ultimately left to take just a point from the clash

Rodri also let fly from distance during another Spain attack but a crowd of bodies helped Sweden preserve their clean sheet

Rodri also let fly from distance during another Spain attack but a crowd of bodies helped Sweden preserve their clean sheet

In 29-degree heat and on a dry bumpy pitch Spain dominated possession and Sweden waited for the chance to counter. There were 11 minutes on the clock before their centre-forward Alexander Isak touched the ball.

Just after the quarter-hour Dani Olmo could have put Spain ahead but when Koke swept the ball in from the right the Leipzig winger got his head to it only for Olsen to make his first important stop.

Koke was next to go close with a shot wide of Olsen’s goal after Sweden failed to clear a loose ball in their area. 

Spain were now getting in behind Sweden and over-lapping full-back Marcos Llorente’s cross had to be cleared for another corner by Marcus Danielsson.

Sweden’s pass count was still lower than the temperature but Koke missed another chance for Spain ballooning an Olmo cross over the bar. 

Isak looked threatening during his brief forays forward and almost carved out the opening goal of the evening for Sweden

Isak looked threatening during his brief forays forward and almost carved out the opening goal of the evening for Sweden

A poor shot from Isak zipped across the turf and Marcos Llorente (right) stabbed the ball back across goal and off the post

A poor shot from Isak zipped across the turf and Marcos Llorente (right) stabbed the ball back across goal and off the post

Isak turned away after watching the ball come inches away from crossing the line, and was later removed in a Sweden rethink

Isak turned away after watching the ball come inches away from crossing the line, and was later removed in a Sweden rethink

Sweden won their first corner 10 minutes before the break when Unai Simon tipped over Sebastian Larsson’s cross. But it came to nothing and with Spain’s next attack Morata missed the best chance of the half.

Their were some timid whistles after he was gifted the opportunity by Danielsson’s missed kick but bent his shot wide of Olsen’s goal.

The punishment for the miss was almost instant. Isak ran at Spain’s defence and with Unai Simon slow off his line it was left to Llorente to block the shot onto the post.

Sweden had the first chance of the second half but Lustig missed his kick. At the other end Morata sent another shot wide and this time the whistles were loud enough to bring a reaction from Luis Enrique who turned angrily to those jeering the Spain centre-forward. Morata’s confidence was now shot and his next pass went straight out for a goal kick.

Sweden were buoyed by Spain’s slow start to the second period and Marcus Berg should have converted Isak’s cross at the back post after he wriggled clear of three Spain defenders. 

Olsen was forced to make another save in the second half, but a weak left-handed save saw the ball skew horribly into the air

Olsen was forced to make another save in the second half, but a weak left-handed save saw the ball skew horribly into the air

Luis Enrique cut an increasingly frustrated figure in his technical area as Spain were continually frustrated by good defending

Luis Enrique cut an increasingly frustrated figure in his technical area as Spain were continually frustrated by good defending

Spain had lost their zip and on 65 minutes Luis Enrique had seen enough. 

Morata was off, his last touch had been to allow the ball to run over the byline. He was replaced by Pablo Sarabia with Ferran Torres moving to centre-forward. Thiago Alcantara replaced Rodri.

Gerard Moreno was the next change and with Morata off, the whistles from Spain supporters were now for Sweden’s time wasting.

In-form Moreno, fresh from scoring in Villarreal’s Europa League triumph over Manchester United had his chance on 90 minutes but Olsen was there again to block his header from Sarabia’s cross. 

Spain must pick themselves up before Saturday’s meeting with Poland. ‘It’s not going to be easy,’ said Luis Enrique, ‘they are not going to want to come out and attack either.’

Pedri was handed a surprise start at the heart of Spain's midfield and delivered a superb showing despite being aged just 18

Pedri was handed a surprise start at the heart of Spain’s midfield and delivered a superb showing despite being aged just 18

Sweden improved after the break and almost threatened Spain's goal following the restart, only for Mikael Lustig to mis-kick

Sweden improved after the break and almost threatened Spain’s goal following the restart, only for Mikael Lustig to mis-kick

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