Alexander Isak put in an impressive performance as Spain and Sweden got their Euro 2020 bid underway at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville. In both sides opening Group E clash, the game ended a stalemate at 0-0.
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Luis Enrique’s Spain set up in their familiar 4-3-3 formation. Spain played Unai Simon in goal while there was a debut for Aymeric Laporte in tournament football. In midfield, there was a start for Barcelona’s Pedri and Alvaro Morata was chosen as the preference to lead the line in attack.
For Sweden, Janne Andersson’s side formed a rigid 4-4-2 formation with Robin Olsen between the posts, Victor Lindelof marshalling the defence, Emil Forsberg on the wing and Alexander Isak upfront.
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Goalkeeper Robin Olsen was in inspired form to shut out the Spaniards. He made several crucial saves to keep the home side at bay. Alexander Isak did not get on the scoresheet but went mighty close. He worked his socks off for Sweden with a thankless task against a tenacious Spain team.
He made many driving runs forward, showing deft skill and put a killer ball into Marcus Berg on the back post. But Berg missed that glorious opportunity.
As for Spain, Pedri belied his young age of just 18 to produce an accomplished performance. His personality to want the ball and his creativity gave Sweden many problems. Therefore, he was always an outlet for the attack. His debut in an international tournament mirrored that of Aymeric Laporte, who also put in a composed and solid performance at the back for Spain.
Spain dominated their opponents on all counts in Seville apart from the most important, which of course was in the goalscoring. Spain intended to win the game and Sweden intended to obtain the draw. Therefore, the Swedes won in that respect. 80% of the matches played by Spain in Seville have been won by La Roja. The city continues to be their talisman but they will have to find the way through to goal to go far at Euro 2020.
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