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Spain v Sweden Live Commentary, 15/11/21

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Morata (86)
Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla


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Spain are not scheduled to be in action until 2022 with their next opponent to be confirmed. Sweden will face a battle to be one of the three teams that qualify from the play-off stage when they begin in March.
Spain secure their place in the 2022 World Cup after beating Sweden 1-0 in their Group B clash in Seville. La Roja had nervy moments in the game as Emil Forsberg missed two good opportunities for the visitors. However, Alvaro Morata was on the spot for Luis Enrique's men to convert a rebound from close range after Dani Olmo struck the bar. A point would have been good enough for the hosts, but they sign off their campaign with a solid victory over a good opponent. Sweden had their chances, but failed to convert them, which means they will face the play-offs to decide their fate.
90' + 3' Spain hold firm at the back from a string of deliveries into the box. La Roja are almost over the line.
Z. Ibrahimović
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Ibrahimovic has been heavily involved and now he goes into the book.
90' + 2' Ibrahimovic latches on to a free-kick in the left-inside channel, but his cutback deflects off Laporte and travels behind for a corner.
Brais Méndez
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Mendez brings down Svanberg with a strong challenge and goes into the book.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Rodri comes on to shore up the Spain midfield to replace Gavi.
Brais Méndez
Dani Olmo
89' Olmo is withdrawn after a fine performance and is replaced by Mendez.
89' Ekdal fouls Gavi in his desperation to win the ball back for the visitors. Frustration is boiling over for Sweden.
88' Spain have scored in each of their last 28 games in the European World Cup qualifiers, scoring 79 goals in that run.
87' The Spain bench erupted after the goal. They know they are heading through automatically to the World Cup as Group B winners.
86' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! MORATA SCORES!!! 1-0 SPAIN!!!! La Roja surely book their place at the 2022 World Cup as the forward scores on the rebound, lifting a close-range effort over Olsen. Olmo almost finds the net with a spectacular effort from 20 yards that rattles the bar. However, Morata is the first to react to the rebound, controlling the ball before firing into the back of the net.
M. Olsson
E. Krafth
85' Olsson replaces Krafth for the visitors at full-back for the closing stages.
84' SAVE! Spain break on the counter and Olmo has space to release Morata in the box. The forward fires low and hard towards goal, but sends his attempt straight at Olsen, who blocks it before gathering at the second attempt.
83' Laporte has a nervy moment at the back as he heads a cross from Krafth straight into the air, forcing Olmo to scramble before booting it to safety.
80' The contest remains in the balance with 10 minutes remaining. Sweden have to force the issue here. 
78' OVER! Morata latches on to a knockdown from Torres in the box from Olmo's free-kick. He has space and time, only to launch his effort well over the bar.
E. Krafth
Yellow Card
77' Krafth brings down Olmo on the charge down the left flank and goes into the book.
74' Claesson trips over his own feet in the left inside channel after latching on to a ball over the top from Ekdal. Sweden keep wasting good openings.
Mikel Merino
Carlos Soler
73' Soler is withdrawn by Enrique and is replaced by Merino. A defensive change for the home side.
Z. Ibrahimović
A. Isak
73' Ibrahimovic enters the fray with 17 minutes remaining to replace Isak, who wasted a decent opportunity at the start of the second half.
72' BLOCK! Olmo tries a burst into the box, but Nilsson holds him in check without fouling the winger. Rodrigo latches on to a pass from Olmo, but sees his effort charged down.
71' Soler attempts a clever backheel to pick out Rodrigo in space in the right-inside channel, but Augustinsson is alert to clear ahead of the forward.
70' Ibrahimovic has got the call and is preparing on the side of the pitch. The game seems set up for the veteran to make a decisive impact.
68' There is still no sign of Ibrahimovic for the visitors. How long will Andersson wait before turning to the Milan striker?
66' OVER! Krafth launches a long throw into the box from the right flank that is cleared as far as Svanberg. He attempts an ambitious overhead kick from 18 yards. Svanberg connects well with his attempt, but it just drops over the bar.
65' Olmo works the ball to Soler on the charge, but the midfielder cannot take the offload in his stride in the box and loses out to Augustinsson.
R. Quaison
D. Kulusevski
64' Quaison replaces Kulusevski in the final third for the visitors.
M. Svanberg
E. Forsberg
63' Forsberg could have put Sweden ahead on two occasions tonight. He is now withdrawn for Svanberg.
63' WIDE! Torres threads the needle with a throughball to Morata, who stays onside in the left-inside channel. He opens up room for a strke, but he scuffs his right-footed effort wide of the left post.
62' Rodrigo cuts in from the right flank and angles a dangerous cross to the back post, but it evades the run of Olmo and travels out for a goal kick.
61' Morata nods down a cross from Alba into the box, but no one in a red shirt is there to pounce on the loose ball before the visitors clear the danger.
Raúl de Tomás
60' Rodrigo replaces De Tomas, who was ineffectual this evening.
Pablo Sarabia
59' Morata enters the action to replace Sarabia in the final third. Spain have an out-and-out striker on the field now.
57' Sarabia asks questions of the Sweden defence once more. However, on this occasion he gets crowded out before he can threaten.
55' Sarabia surges down the left flank and tries to cut a low ball into the middle for De Tomas, but his cross is intercepted by Lindelof on the stretch.
53' OVER! Forsberg spurns another opening in front of goal as he cannot sort out his feet under an arcing cross from Ekdal. Augstinsson latches on to the loose ball on the edge of the box, only to smash his left-footed drive over the bar.
51' WIDE! Sarabia whips a corner in from the left flank that De Tomas attacks with a glancing header, but he sends his effort wide of the right post.
48' CHANCE! Azpilicueta makes a huge error at the back by placing a pass straight into the path of Claesson on the edge of the Spain box. The midfielder nudges the ball to Isak to shoot first-time, but he blasts his effort over the bar. The forward had to at least test Simon there.
46' Straight from kick-off Sweden break down the right through Kulusevski. He fires a low ball across the face of goal that evades everyone in the box, including Isak.
46' We're back under way in Seville for a crucial ending to qualifying for both teams.
Jan Olof Andersson will feel that his side should be away. Forsberg created the first opening for himself, but fired wide. Second time around he should have put the volley away. Sweden cannot afford to waste further opportunities.
It's goalless at the break in the World Cup qualifying clash between Spain and Sweden in Seville. The visitors have had the best openings in the game with Emil Forsberg placing two efforts narrowly wide of the post. Pablo Sarabia had the hosts' best chance when he curled an effort from distance wide of the target. However, the game and the automatic spot in the 2022 World Cup hangs in the balance.
43' Sarabia forces a cross into the Sweden box from the right flank that Soler helps on its way with a flick. Lindelof reacts and clears with authority before Olmo can pounce at the back post.
41' Spain have had two warnings from Forsberg. The game is very much in the balance heading into the break.
39' FORSBERG HAS TO SCORE! Augustinsson lifts a cross from the left flank to the back post for Forsberg, who is unmarked and has acres of space. He connects first-time on the volley, but places his effort inches wide of the left post. The visitors spurn a huge opening.
37' Torres has a nervy moment as he tries to clear a long ball forward away from Isak and Kulusevski. The defender has to volley behind under pressure.
35' Alba offloads to Olmo and looks for the return in the left-inside channel, but the pass from the forward is just a fraction heavy and allows Olsen to gather.
34' Kulusevski almost capitalises on a mistake by Simon, but the Spain keeper manages to rectify his error to offload to Azpilicueta.
33' Sarabia drives down the right flank and whips a low cross into the box, but Olsson is the first man there to clear the danger. Spain are not getting enough players in the box to threaten the visitors. The lack of an out-and-out forward is hurting them tonight.
30' Sweden have numbers in the final third following a break from Kulusevski. He finds Forsberg on the edge of the box, who then picks out Isak. However, La Roja get men back to crowd out the forward and he is forced back away from the penalty area.
28' Sarabia slips an offload into the path of Soler in the right-inside channel, but his cutback is cleared by Lindelof in the middle. Sweden are defending their box with a great discipline.
27' Ekdal brings down Soler with a strong challenge in the middle of the park, but avoids a booking for the foul.
25' Gavi makes a probing run to the edge of the Sweden box. He offloads to De Tomas, who dwells on the ball before he loses out to Lindelof.
23' Alba goes for a goal with a drive from distance after Sweden clear their lines from the resulting corner, but he hammers his effort over the bar.
22' OVER! La Roja win the ball high up the field and Olmo latches on to an offload from Gavi before firing at goal, only to see his effort deflected over the bar by Nilsson.
20' Spain are attempting to press high up the field, which could leave space for Forsberg on the counter if the visitors can get around the red shirts.
18' Both teams are not backing down from the challenge tonight. There are a lot of meaty challenges being exchanged. The two sets of players know the importance of the game.
17' Krafth sends a long throw into the box from the right flank that Nilsson nods towards goal, but it loops comfortably into the hands of Simon.
16' CHANCE! Forberg weaves through the Spain midfield before coasting past Torres on the edge of the box. He curls a left-footed strike at goal that drifts just wide of the right post. The Swedes almost caught the home side on the break.
15' Soler is played into space down the right flank and he has options in the middle. The midfielder sends a good low cross into the box that is repelled by Lindelof on the stretch away from De Tomas.
13' Forsberg carries the ball forward into the Spain half and tries to combine with Isak, but Azpilicueta provides pressure to force the mistake from the Real Sociedad forward before he fouls Busquets.
11' Gavi tries to surge through the middle of the Sweden defence, but gets halted in his tracks by a fine challenge from Lindelof.
9' INCHES WIDE! Sarabia cuts in from the right flank to shoot on his left foot, but his effort travels inches wide of the left post with Olsen beaten. So close for La Roja.
7' Olmo tries to weave his way through the Sweden defence and goes down under pressure from Nilsson, but the referee tells the forward to get to his feet.
6' Torres rises highest in the box to connect with a cross from Olmo, but Isak is on hand to clear his header away from danger in the six-yard box.
5' Spain win a corner down the left flank after a run from Olmo. La Roja pile men forward into the Sweden box.
2' Krafth goes in hard on De Tomas down the left flank and gives away a free-kick. Spain look to the referee for a card, but the official points only for a foul.
1' Sarabia tries to release De Tomas down the right flank, but the forward mistimes his run and is caught offside.
1' We're under way in Seville.
The players are out on the pitch, so we should be under way shortly.
Andersson has made two changes to his side from their defeat to Georgia, making one bold choice indeed. Ibrahimovic is dropped for the crucial contest and is replaced by Kulusevski in the starting line-up. Svanberg also makes way in the middle of the park for Ekdal.
Spain have made six changes to their side from their win over Greece last time out. Azpilicueta, Torres and Alba come into the backline as Carvajal and Gaya drop to the bench, while Inigo Martinez misses out due to injury. Busquets and Soler start alongside Gavi in the middle of the park. Olmo joins De Tomas and Sarabia in the final third as Morata drops to the bench.
SWEDEN SUBS: Alexander Milosevic, Martin Olsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pontus Dahlberg, Oscar Lewicki, Daniel Sundgren, Magnus Eriksson, Jesper Karlsson, Jens Cajuste, Mattias Svanberg, Robin Quaison, Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
SWEDEN (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Emil Krafth, Joakim Nilsson, Victor Lindelof, Ludwig Augustinsson; Dejan Kulusevski, Albin Ekdal, Kristoffer Olsson, Emil Forsberg; Alexander Isak, Viktor Claesson.
SPAIN SUBS: David de Gea, Brahim Diaz, Diego Llorente, Alvaro Morata, Koke, Brais Mendez, Robert Sanchez, Jose Gaya, Rodri, Mikel Merino, Rodrigo Moreno, Dani Carvajal.
SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Carlos Soler; Pablo Sarabia, Raul de Tomas, Dani Olmo.
Sweden suffered a damaging result last time out at the hands of Georgia. Jan Olof Andersson's men were beaten with ease on the road after seemingly being on the verge of taking a giant stride towards automatic qualification to the 2022 World Cup. The Swedes now need to beat La Roja for the second time in the group stage to avoid the lottery of the play-offs in their bid to qualify.
Spain had to battle hard in their last outing against Greece to secure a 1-0 win on the road courtesy of a strike from the penalty spot from Pablo Sarabia. The victory was vital as La Roja capitalised on a poor result for Sweden on the road to Georgia, which allowed Luis Enrique's men to leapfrog the Swedes into top spot in Group B. Spain now only need a point this evening to secure an automatic berth to the 2022 World Cup.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the World Cup qualifying clash between Spain and Sweden in Seville.