Spain vs Sweden, Monday’s game for the qualifying round, Group F, for the EURO 2020 Qualifiers, in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid.
In the process of renewal initiated by Luis Enrique after the elimination of Spain in the first phase of the Nations League, the Fury has collected only victories, although they are not accompanied by brilliant performances.
On Friday, June 7, as a visitor, the team, in training rhythm, passed through the fragile team of the Faroe Islands scoring 4 to 1. Sérgio Ramos, Jesus Navas, Gestsson and Gaya made the Spanish goals. Olsen, in the 30th minute of the first part scored for the owners of the house.
With 72% possession, Spain produced 22 attempts to finish and sent ten balls to the target. Very small production in front of one of the worst teams in the continent. Most likely fruit of laziness in an end-of-season period and before a much more important game. Perhaps more worrying was the fact that the Faroe Islands had five attempts on goal and two goals in the Spanish goal.
Against Malta, which is a step above the Faroe Islands, but also is not able to offer much worries, Sweden, in Stockholm, fulfilled their obligation by winning by 3 to 0, with goals by Qualon, Claesson and Isak.
With 62 percent of the ball possession, they tried 21 attempts. They showed defensive strength allowing only four attempts from the rival team, which only made the goalkeeper of Sweden work on one single opportunity.
With the tranquillity of the victory ensured, coach Jan Andersson still had the luxury of preserving some of his most important players in the second half by pulling them out of the fray thinking of this Monday’s duel.
Sweden has shown a higher standard of play than Spain. The prognosis in Sweden’s success is indicated as a guessing option more suitable for the confrontation of Monday for the fourth round of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.