Spain was left frustrated by a stubborn and well-organized Sweden defense as both teams played out a goalless draw in Seville. They have won the European Championships three times but ran into an inspired Robin Olsen. For all the Spanish dominance, Sweden created arguably the best two chances in the game on either side of the halftime whistle.
Alexander Isak shot was deflected onto the post by Llorente just before halftime. Marcus Berg then spurned a golden opportunity after half-time when he was put through by Isak. The point earned could be a valuable one for Sweden against the group favorites, Spain. They will now face Poland and Slovakia next.
Spain: Simon (6), Marcos Llorente (7), Laporte (6), Pau Torres (6), Jordi Alba (7), Koke (8), Rodri (6), Pedri (7), Ferran Torres (6), Morata (6), Olmo (8).
Subs: Sarabia (6), Thiago (6), Gerard (7), Oyarzabal (6), Fabian Ruiz (n/a).
Sweden: Olsen (8), Lustig (8), Danielson (8), Lindelof (8), Augustinsson (7), Sebastian Larsson (6), Ekdal (6), Olsson (7), Forsberg (6), Berg (5), Isak (7).
Subs: Claesson (6), Quaison (6), Krafth (6), Bengtsson (n/a), Cajuste (84).
Man of the match: Victor Lindelof
Spain boss Luis Enrique:
“We faced a rival who decided to defend and base all their hopes on a long ball forward. Even so, they had the chance to win.” Luis Enrique said.
Sweden boss Janne Anderson:
“To come to Spain, in 32 degrees, and against all their skill, to think we’d outplay them would have been naive,” Anderson said. “We created some chances and they created some, so all in all I’m not at all ashamed over this point. If we’re to take points or win against this kind of team, we have to play like this. The loyalty that the players showed to our game plan was fantastic.”