Spain beat Sweden to stay ahead in Euro

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2019

Spain pounded Sweden 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium here, continuing its unerring course toward the 2020 European Cup in a match showing the leadership and efficacy of team captain Sergio Ramos, who got his team on the board first, albeit not until the 64th minute.

Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata both scored penalties as Spain beat Sweden 3-0 on Monday to keep their ideal start to Euro 2020 qualifying intact.

Penalties from Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata and a curling effort from Mikel Oyarzabal on his worldwide debut helped Group F leaders Spain win their fourth-straight qualification game.

"It's a great result in a hard match against a tough opponent", Ramos said.

This was Ramos's seventh goal in eight internationals, coming after Sweden's Sebastian Larsson blocked the ball with his arm and on the penalty kick Ramos faked out goaltender Robin Olsen.

Spain coach Luis Enrique was absent for the third game in a row for personal reasons but they always looked in control without truly sparkling until Oyarzabal's moment of brilliance.

The win took Spain on to 12 points at the top of Group F after four games.

Before the game, Ramos was presented with a commemorative plate after Friday's 4-1 win in the Faroe Islands saw him pass former team-mate Iker Casillas' record for most worldwide wins by a player.

Monday marked Ramos' 165th appearance with the national team - two fewer than another Casillas record.

Sweden barely managed to trouble Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who kept his place again at the expense of David de Gea, and the visitors conceded another penalty when substitute Morata was tripped by Filip Helander.

Morata - Asensio's replacement - followed Ramos' example five minutes from time, converting after being felled by Mikael Lustig's clumsy lunge.

"It was a great attitude by Ramos to let me take the penalty", Morata said. When you don't even ask and he gives you the ball, it's twice as nice.

Substitute Oyarzabal closed the scoring with a shot from inside the area in the 87th for his first global goal.

After winning all three of their previous qualifying matches, Spain struggled to break down Sweden in the first half despite having the majority of possession - 78% to 22.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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