The season begins with a bang for Spain. After the good feelings that Luis Enrique’s team left in the European Championship, expectations were high with the Red for the future, but the game against Sweden was a real slap in the face. In addition to the bad image offered in Solna, the defeat greatly complicates qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The clash began frantic, with an exchange of blows between both teams. A great cross by Jordi Alba from the left wing to the heart of the area was picked up by Carlos Soler , arriving from the second row, and his final shot slipped into the Swedish goal after four minutes.
It was the beginning dreamed of by Luis Enrique’s men, who opted for an eleven very similar to the ones he used during the last European Championship, but the joy lasted just a few seconds. In the kickoff, a long ball was touched by Busquets towards Soler, who returned the ball to him, but the captain of La Roja controlled badly . Isak, very attentive, stole his wallet and his shoe from the front slipped past one of the sticks to put the tie on the scoreboard.
The crash was more even than expected, and the best chances came in counterattacks. A Soler center did not find Gerard Moreno, who slipped when he was going to finish alone against Olsen. And the reply was given by Forsberg, but between Azpilicueta and Unai Simón they avoided the goal.
The passing of the minutes gave the control of the shock to the Red, this Thursday in white, but without clear arrivals.
Only a possible penalty to Ferran disturbed the Swedes, who instead had a good chance in another against finalized by Kulusevski but that was repelled by an insurance Unai Simón.
Spain had a good chance early in the second half on another good move by Soler, but neither Gerard nor Morata managed to finish. But the worst news came shortly after, on a good move from Kulusevski down the left that Claesson finished off completely alone in the area. The Spanish defense, again, left much to be desired.
Luis Enrique moved the bench, putting Adama for Gerard, and the powerful winger revolutionized the clash. A great play on the right, winning the baseline, did not find a finisher. The next one was finished by himself with a strong kick that Olsen repelled as best he could.
The last 20 minutes were of total Spanish siege, but also a I want and I can not. Marcos Llorente entered to give more depth and punch and the right wing became a pylon hammer with two forces of nature like him and Adama. But it was not enough, Sweden defended themselves with order and many troops and the Red team left with a defeat that greatly complicated qualification for the World Cup. For starters, she is no longer dependent on herself to be first in the group.