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Spain thrash Sweden 3-0 in 2020 European Cup qualifier

Spain thrash Sweden 3-0 in 2020 European Cup qualifier”

Even when Spain had the ball in the net it was crossed off, incorrectly, for offside, after Rodrigo tapped in Parejo's cutback.

"I imagine that [Spain] will want to control the tempo, but I'm sure that Spain respect us", he said in a pre-match press conference. First Morata, on for Asensio, drew a foul from Filip Helander with an aggressive run into the box and, after Ramos deferred, struck the penalty into the corner.

La Furia Roja upped the tempo in the second half, however, looking to translate their near-80% share of possession into a goal or two.

But they capitulated late on as Spain added two in the 85th and 87th minutes.

Spain struggled to break down a determined Sweden defense at the Santiago Bernabeu until Ramos struck in the 64th minute after Sebastian Larsson blocked Marco Asensio's cross with his hand.

Sweden boss Janne Andersson believes that Spain are under no illusions as to what threat the Scandinavian team pose to them in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier between the nations.

Penalties from Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata and a curling effort from Mikel Oyarzabal on his worldwide debut helped Group F leaders Spain win their fourth-straight qualification game. Sweden are second, level on seven points with third-placed Romania.

David de Gea was dropped for Kepa Arrizabalaga but it was Sweden's stopper Robin Olsen who was the busier.

Despite a drab first half, they were able to do it with relative ease.

Ramos passed up the opportunity to score again and offered the ball to Morata, who also made no mistake from the spot, although Real Sociedad forward Oyarzabal got the biggest cheer of the evening for his impressive strike. Oyarzabal would then show exactly what Spain's next generation is capable of, as he jaunted past three challenges before curling a left-footed effort past Robin Olsen and putting some gloss on the result. Though Spain were far from their best, they controlled the game, and Busquets' presence - always at the centre of it - was critical to their game plan.



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