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Spain v Sweden Live Commentary, 14/06/2021

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Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla

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This draw means that Slovakia remain top of the group, with Spain and Sweden behind them on one point each. Spain will face Poland next time out, while Sweden face Slovakia.
The points are shared between Spain and Sweden in their opening Group E match, despite Spain dominating most of the game and Olsen had to be in fine form to deny the three-time winners. However, the best opportunity fell to Sweden in the second half after Isak perfectly picked out Berg at the far post, but the striker somehow missed an open goal from just a couple of yards out. Spain kept pushing forward and Moreno went close late on, but they just couldn’t find the breakthrough goal.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: SPAIN 0-0 SWEDEN
90' + 5' We're into the final minute or so now, surely there is only one more chance in the game? Will we see a late winner?
90' + 3' Almost! Alba does brilliantly down the left wing to lift the ball into the box towards Sarabia, but he seems to be caught by surprise and it just strikes him and flies towards goal. Olsen then thankfully gathers. Sarabia should have reacted quicker and fired an effort towards goal.
90' + 2' The crowd are unhappy at the amount of time Sweden are taking with any set pieces or throw-ins, they are just trying to run down the clock and see the game out.
90' There will be a minimum of SIX minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
90' CHANCE! Moreno almost scores late on to clinch all three points for Spain! Sarabia whips an excellent cross into the box from the right wing and it is met by the head of Moreno, who glances the ball on, but Olsen makes a terrific save with his feet to deny the striker.
88' Sweden are defending well at the back, but they aren't being putting under a huge amount of pressure by Spain in these final few minutes. It looks like it will finish 0-0.
Fabián Ruiz
Koke
Spain
87' Another substitution by Spain, with Koke replaced by Ruiz.
86' Moreno had a hand in more goals than any other Spanish player during EURO 2020 qualification (3 goals, 3 assists), while he was the top scoring Spaniard in LaLiga in 2020-21, netting 23 goals – his best scoring campaign in the top-flight.
P. Bengtsson
E. Forsberg
Sweden
84' The other change sees Forsberg head off the pitch and he has been replaced by Bengtsson.
J. Cajuste
K. Olsson
Sweden
84' Olsson is unable to continue here, so he has been replaced by Cajuste.
83' The Spanish crowd are doing their best to try and push their team forward in these late stages, but they are yet to have a shot on target in this second half.
81' There's less than 10 minutes left to play here, can either side push forward and break the deadlock late on? It would probably be the winning goal.
79' Stoppage in play here as Olsson and Pedri collide and the Swedish midfielder requires some medical treatment, it looks like a touch of cramp.
77' Spain are starting to get frustrated as time is running out for them to get on the scoresheet and Sweden look pretty comfortable at the moment.
E. Krafth
M. Lustig
Sweden
75' Sweden make their third substitution, with a very tired Lustig coming off and he has been replaced by Krafth.
Mikel Oyarzabal
Ferran Torres
Spain
74' Torres also heads off the pitch and he has been replaced by Oyarzabal.
Gerard Moreno
Dani Olmo
Spain
74' Another double change for Spain, the first sees Carvajal replaced by Moreno.
73' BLOCKED! Llorente just about manages to keep the ball in play deep down the right wing and he pulls it back to Olmo just inside the box, who takes a touch and fires a low strike towards goal. However, Danielson gets across and makes a brilliant block.
71' Only Ukraine (0) scored fewer goals than Sweden (1) at the last Euro finals in 2016, while that Swedish goal was an own goal by Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark.
V. Claesson
A. Isak
Sweden
69' The other change sees Isak replaced by Claesson.
R. Quaison
M. Berg
Sweden
69' Sweden make a double substitution of their own, with Berg the first to come off and he has been replaced by Quaison.
68' It looks like Torres will be playing through the middle for Spain now since the departure of Morata. The Manchester City man hasn't been involved much today, with Olmo more lively down the opposite wing.
Pablo Sarabia
Morata
Spain
66' The other change sees Morata head off the pitch and he has been replaced by Sarabia.
Thiago Alcântara
Rodri
Spain
65' Here comes the double substitution by Spain, with Thiago the man coming on and he has replaced Rodri.
65' It looks like Spain are getting ready to make their first changes now, with a couple of players getting ready on the sidelines.
63' The Sweden chance might kick Spain into gear now, as they had dropped off the pace and should be 1-0 down, as Berg's chance a few minutes ago was the best opportunity we've seen so far.
61' CHANCE! What an opportunity for Sweden! They counter quickly and open up Spain at the back, with Isak doing brilliantly to dribble past a couple of defenders deep inside the penalty area and then pick out Berg at the far post. However, the striker somehow misses the target from a couple of yards out! Horrendous miss, he had an open goal to aim at.
59' Spain have plenty of options on the bench to try and change the game and break the deadlock, with the likes of Moreno and Traore offering a different threat.
57' Sweden have lost six of their last eight matches at the European Championships (W1 D1), their only win – and clean sheet – in that time coming against France in the 2012 group stages (2-0).
M. Lustig
Yellow Card
Sweden
55' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Lustig for timewasting, after he throws the ball back to a team-mate for a throw-in rather than taking it himself. The referee has given the Swedes a few warnings about this already.
54' The other game in Group E was played earlier today, with Slovakia beating Poland 2-1, so they currently top the group.
52' It will be interesting to see how long Sweden leave it before making any chances, there will surely be some tired legs out there as the game goes on after all of the chasing they've had to do.
50' Decent effort! Morata fires a low strike towards the bottom left corner of the net, but it flies wide of the Sweden goal and it looked like Olsen may have had it covered anyway.
49' Larsson whips a lovely deep free-kick into the box and Lustig sneaks in behind at the far post, completely unmarked and has time to pick out a team-mate in the box. However, he miss-kicks his cross and Spain clear the danger.
48' The second half has started in familiar fashion, with Spain in control of possession and camped inside the Sweden half of the pitch. Can they get an early goal?
46' The second half is under way!
An early goal for Spain in the second half would surely wrap up an opening game win, with Sweden offering very little in front of goal themselves. However, they need to start taking their chances.
It's goalless at the break between Spain and Sweden, but the hosts should be ahead after huge opportunities fell to Olmo and Morata. They have dominated the opening half, with Sweden sitting deep and defending, allowing their opponents to have the ball in midfield. Olsen has been busy in the Sweden goal, making a couple of excellent saves to deny Olmo. However, Morata had the best chance when he only had the keeper to beat, but he fired it wide. Sweden did manage to catch their opponents out at the back right at the end of the half, when Isak sneaked in behind, but Llorente cleared the danger.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: SPAIN 0-0 SWEDEN
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the first half.
44' Save! Olmo finds time and space on the edge of the penalty area and fires a good effort towards goal, which swerves in the air and forces Olsen into making a good stop.
43' Sweden have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 encounters with Spain - it was in a European Championship qualifier back in October 2006 (2-0, goals from Johan Elmander and Marcus Allback). Incidentally, this was also Sweden’s last victory against La Roja.
41' CHANCE! First opportunity for Sweden and what a chance it was! It comes out of nowhere and falls to Isak, who gets in behind, flicks it past Laporte and fires an effort towards goal from a tight angle, which seems to be heading wide, but Llorente tries to clear it and it strikes the post, before flying into the thankful arms of Simon.
40' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
38' CHANCE! Morata with a huge opportunity to put Spain ahead! Danielson loses the ball deep inside his own half and Alba picks it up and plays it through to the striker, who only has Olsen to beat. However, he places his effort narrowly wide of the bottom right post.
37' Sweden win their first corner of the game after Larsson's deep cross has to be flicked over the crossbar by Simon. However, the set piece is well defended by Spain and they clear the danger.
35' Berg manages to sneak behind Torres for the first time in the match and he wins a throw-in deep inside the Spain half for his side.
33' Sweden may want to look at bringing another midfielder onto the pitch, to try and stop Spain from having so much possession, as their front two haven't been involved at all and it's a waste to have two strikers on the pitch if they are just sitting deep and defending.
31' We’re past the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Spain and Sweden. However, the hosts are on top and should be ahead.
29' CHANCE! Koke finds space in the box and has time to pick his spot as a cross is whipped into the box from the left wing by Olmo. However, the Atletico man gets too much on the shot and it flies high over the crossbar. He should have done better there.
27' The pace of the game is quite slow at the moment, Spain aren't showing a great deal of urgency to push forward and find the opening goal. Meanwhile Sweden look pretty content and happy with how the game is going.
25' Spain have lost only two of their last 16 games at the European Championships (W11 D3) with those two defeats coming in their last two matches (vs Croatia & Italy, June 2016).
23' Not too far away! Spain once again work the ball well down the left wing and Alba races into the box and lays it back to Koke, who fires a shot towards the bottom right corner of the net. However, he strikes it with the outside of his foot and it flies just wide of the post.
21' It looks like Sweden will try and break forward on the counter-attack or test Spain at set pieces, this may be their best option to try and get on the scoresheet.
19' Sweden are yet to get anywhere near the Spain final third at the moment, with Simon a spectator in goal so far. It could be a long evening for the Swedes if they are constantly chasing the ball.
17' The Swedes just let their pressure drop then and it didn't take much for Spain to open them up and carve out an excellent chance in front of goal. An early warning.
16' SAVE! Olmo goes close to firing Spain into the lead! It's a brilliant cross into the penalty area from the right wing by Koke and Olmo gets ahead of his marker at the near post and powers a header towards the bottom right corner of the net. However, Olsen makes a terrific diving save to deny him.
15' The front two for Sweden, Berg and Isak have hardly touched the ball so far, they are currently sitting deep inside their own half defending.
13' Despite their dominance in the opening few minutes, Spain haven't yet opened the Sweden defence up and carved out an opportunity, with Olsen still untested.
11' Spain have won only one of their last five opening matches at a major tournament, World Cup and Euro combined (1-0 v Czech Republic, Euro 2016)
9' Alba has done well for Spain so far down the left wing, the defender is captain today as Busquets is unavailable and he has constantly been up and down the flank looking dangerous.
7' Olmo fires the first shot of the game high over the crossbar, after Sweden fail to clear the danger from a corner and the ball falls nicely to the winger, but it doesn't trouble Olsen.
5' Good defending from Sweden! The hosts work the ball into the final third and get into a good position to create an opportunity, but Sweden close them down quickly and force them back.
3' Spain with the early possession here, they are keeping it well in midfield as you would expect and they are forcing Sweden to sit deep and soak up the pressure.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
The Swedes are missing Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg due to positive tests. However, they still start with a strong line-up, as Larsson captains the side and Alexander Isak and Marcus Berg start up front.
Spain are missing their captain Sergio Busquets after he tested positive for COVID-19, so Rodri takes his place in midfield alongside Koke and Pedri. Meanwhile Simon gets the nod in goal ahead of De Gea and Laporte makes his competitive debut for his country.
SWEDEN SUBS: Filip Helander, Pontus Jansson, Viktor Claesson, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Pierre Bengtsson, Robin Quaison, Ken Sema, Jordan Larsson, Emil Krafth, Jens Cajuste, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Gustav Svensson.
SWEDEN (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Marcus Danielson, Victor Lindelof, Ludwig Augustinsson; Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Kristoffer Olsson, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Alexander Isak.
SPAIN SUBS: Thiago, David De Gea, Gerard Moreno, Adama Traore, Eric Garcia, Pablo Sarabia, Mikel Oyarzabal, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jose Gaya, Diego Llorente, Robert Sanchez, Fabian Ruiz.
SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Marcos Llorente, Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba; Rodri, Koke, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo.
The most recent meeting between these two sides came back in October 2019, when they drew 1-1. The other two sides in the group faced off earlier today, with Slovakia beating Poland 2-1.
The 2008 and 2012 competition winners kick-off their campaign today, looking to improve on their last-16 finish in 2016, however, they are in a tough group and face a difficult test against Sweden today. The two sides faced each other in qualifying campaign for the tournament, with Spain finishing top and unbeaten, while Sweden were the runners-up, suffering just one defeat, which came against Spain.
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