Spain, just one of the favorites, was disenchanted at the get started of the Eurocup by similarly harmful and chilly Swedes. The 3-time European soccer champion and 2010 Environment Cup winner did not defeat a meager – on Monday evening in Seville in 30-diploma summer temperatures. The team of mentor Luis Enrique ongoing determined in the catenaccio of the Scandinavians, who fought for a point with a whole lot of heart and passion.
Even so, the 3-crown staff of RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg and Werder Bremen’s Ludwig Augustinsson also got blessed in front of 10,559 followers at La Cartuja Stadium, as the evidently superior Spaniards have been chasing a massive usury. In damage time, substitutes Gerard Moreno and Pablo Sarabia gave up two prime-tier chances to win.
The Iberians facial area Poland in the up coming match in group E. The Swedes, who survived the group stage at a European Championship (2004) for the 1st time, experience Slovakia.
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The hosts haven’t recognized any of the thrill of the crown in latest days. Soon after a beneficial check with captain Sergio Busquets, who was lacking, like the Swedes Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg, portion of the staff experienced been vaccinated shortly in advance of the get started of the tournament, seemingly without having aspect results.
In no way right before have so a lot of passes been played in one particular 50 percent of the European Championship
The household team dominated the game early on and pushed the northern European bottoms, who pretty much by no means broke the middle line in the early phases, to the base of their 50 %. Spanish dominance in this phase is rather reminiscent of a 6- victory about Germany in November 2020 in the Nations League.
Soon after 50 % an hour, the Spanish experienced 80 percent possession. At halftime, the productive passing stability was 430: 69. Given that the introduction of data collection in 1980, never ever prior to has a workforce performed so numerous passes in a single fifty percent in a Euro Cup match.
Only the doors had been lacking. Dani Olmo, from the German runner-up RB Leipzig, had the 1st option to just take the direct right after a great quarter of an hour. The 23-yr-old, who was the most conspicuous offensive participant on his workforce in the to start with fifty percent, skipped Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen with his header, who reacted strongly.
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Just after that, Koke forgave 2 times from an auspicious placement. But Álvaro Morata had the best opportunity: the striker, who was typically unlucky, all of a sudden went completely no cost in entrance of Olsen following a positional mistake by the Swedes, but threw the ball out of aim.
The hosts’ momentum waned
The neglect of the summary was practically avenged soon prior to the split, when former Dortmund Alexander Isak brought on a minute of shock. The Swedish attacker’s shot strike Spanish defender Marcos Llorente in the shin, strike the article and then into the arms of goalkeeper Unai Simón, who experienced taken priority more than the knowledgeable David de Gea. On the other hand, Olmo failed again at Olsen. So he went goalless into the cabins.
After the change, the momentum of the hosts waned extra and a lot more in a humid and warm climate. The ball was now performed broader than deep, which built the work simpler for the Swedish protection. Spanish odds were being uncommon now.
Rather, the stranger was quite near just after a fantastic hour of travel. Isak danced 3 opponents into the penalty area and served his attacking spouse Marcus Berg, but the former HSV pro missed miserably from near vary. Shortly afterwards he had to depart his location to Robin Quaison of Mainz. Nonetheless, the Swedes no for a longer period provided offensive accents in the final phase. For this, the Spaniards all over again took a action ahead, but could not reward themselves. (dpa)