A faltering Spain qualified for Euro 2020 as a stoppage-time strike by substitute Rodrigo counterbalanced Marcus Berg’s opener for Sweden in a 1-1 attract Group F on Tuesday.
The outcome left Spain top of the standings on 20 and ensured a spot in the best two, with the Swedes second on 15, and Romania a point further back in third.
However having drawn with both Norway and Sweden in their keep going two matches on their outing to Scandinavia, the Spaniards will have a lot of work to would on the off chance that they like to be considered among the top choices at one year from now’s competition.
With commander Sergio Ramos suspended after his yellow card in their last game against Norway, Spain began radiantly, pinging the ball from side to side and testing for openings behind the Swedish resistance.
Thiago Alcantara could have put the guests ahead at an opportune time, yet subsequent to adjusting the goalkeeper he miscontrolled the ball and it turned out for an objective kick.
Midfielder Rodri had a stinging shot spared in the blink of an eye a while later and it seemed to be just a short time before the Spaniards made the achievement, yet with goalkeeper Robin in Olsen in heavenly structure, the Swedes balanced and started to develop into the game.
Fullback Mikael Lustig had their first shot on objective in the 27th moment and striker Robin Quaison lined it up with a splendid header that Spain manager David De Gea ripped at away for a corner.
With light downpour falling all through the game, players battled to keep their balance on the Friends Arena surface.
Striker Berg put Sweden in front right off the bat in the second half after his underlying header was spared, as was Emil Forsberg’s shot, yet Berg gestured home from short proximity at the subsequent endeavor to give his side the lead.
De Gea left the quarrel harmed on the hour mark and notwithstanding overwhelming belonging all through, Spain discovered it practically difficult to make the sort of chances they had appreciated in the opening trades.
The horde of more than 49,000 in the stands were in fine voice as they disregarded the soggy climate with the last whistle drawing nearer, yet Rodrigo quieted them by eating up a ball from a corner and rifling it home to send Spain through.
“I am glad, the players were generally excellent and we met an extremely solid adversary. It was extreme for us, however we amended what should have been remedied,” Spain mentor Robert Moreno told correspondents.
“It’s incredible that have accomplished this present, there’s much less weight and now in three weeks we play Malta. We should concentrate on playing admirably in the rest of the matches,” he included.
Sweden mentor Janne Andersson said he was content with his players, in spite of them yielding a late objective.
“That is football, it happens now and again. I can’t stay here and be irritated with players who have given everything,” he told a journalists.
Somewhere else in the gathering, the Faroe Islands protected their first win of the battle with a 1-0 home win over Malta, while Romania drew 1-1 at home to Norway.
The fight to join Spain at Euro 2020 could be chosen when Sweden visit Romania on Nov. 15. Norway, who are fourth in the gathering on 11 points, still hold a remote possibility of making the competition.
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