Spain qualify for Euro 2020 after draw with Sweden
Sweden vs Spain: match report; as it happened
Sweden and Spain shared the spoils after a lively and entertaining affair in Stockholm, which saw La Roja substitute Rodrigo Moreno score in injury time to secure a point for the visitors.
Sweden gathered some momentum towards the end of the first half after an opening 35 minutes dominated by Spain. And the home side continued with that momentum going into the second half, opening the scoring in the 50th minute through Berg, who tipped a header in from one yard after David de Gea (who had to come off around the hour mark with a groin injury) did all he could to make a double save to deny the initial close range attempts from Berg and Forsberg.
Spain naturally found their way back into control, creating a number of chances, but couldn’t find a way past Swedish keeper Olsen.
La Roja had scored in 37 consecutive games before this tie and just when it looked like that impressive streak was coming to an end, substitute Rodrigo Moreno stepped up to guide the ball in from point black range with his shin, capitalising on a decent low strike from Fabian on the right towards the far post.
The 1-1 draw leaves Spain on top of Group F and five points clear of second-placed Sweden, who will now battle for the second automatic qualifying place with Romania, with the two meeting in November in Bucharest with just one point between them.
Peep, peep, peep!!! It's all over. Spain dug deep to find an equaliser after going 1-0 down early in the second half. A decent contest and probably a fair result.
Subsitute Rodrigo Moreno seemed to shin the ball in from point black range, helping Fabian's low strike from the left into the net. Spain have now scored in 38 consecutive games. They've left it late to keep that streak still intact.
Four minutes added on for Spain to find an equaliser.
Rodri and Berg go in the book following another scuffle.
In the other big game in group F, Romanina are leading 1-0. As it stands, things will be very tight at the top, with Spain on 19 pts, Sweden on 17, and Romania with 16
If Spain fail to score in these last 10 minutes, it will be their first time they have ended a game goalless for 37 games.
Things getting a little heated here: Fabian and Olsson both go in the book after a scuffle between the pair.
Sweden change: Quaison, who set up the goal, makes wak for Real Sociedad's Isak.
Another decent cross comes in from the right from Carvajal, but Moreno's glancing header is well off target.
Oyarzabal has a stab at a loose ball by the six yard box, but Olsen does well to save.
Ceballos goes in the book for a challenge in the air on Olsson.
PSG full back Bernat, who has been very good for Spain tonight down the left, wins a free kick as he tries to round the defender. Sweden clear the intial set piece cross, but Ceballos plays it quickly back into the mixer, only for Moreno to header the ball just wide of the left post.
Chance Spain! Again its Oyarzabal with the header from 10 yards out. But he's guided it over. Great cross from Carvajal to set the Sociedad striker up.
Keeper change from Spain: De Gea makes way for Kepa. The Man United keeper has niggle in his right leg and may now be a doubt for United this weekend against Liverpool.
Oyarzabal gets on the end of the corner cross and directs a well struck header towards Olsen's goal. But it's too close to the Swedish keeper, who makes a comfortable save.
Corner for Spain now.
Sweden have continued with the momentum that they enjoyed towards the end of the first half and are now 1-0 up. Quaison plays a great cross towards Berg, whose header is well saved from De Gea. Forsberg latches onto the loose ball and De Gea makes another great save. But he can only lie on the floor and watch as Berg latches onto the second loose ball, tipping it in with his head from a yard out. A scrappy goal, but they all count.
Peep! Spain get the second half underway.
Peep, peep!! Half-time ends with Sweden having been on top for the last five or so minutes. But overall, Spain, who are effectively playing with their 'B' team, have been the better side and will be disappointed not to be 1-0 up after having created several chances. Both keepers have made some fine saves to keep the score at 0-0.
Appeals from Sweden for a handball in the box. But the ref signals for a corner. Carvajal clears the resultant corner cross from Larsson. Sweden enjoying a prolonged period of pressure before the break.
Nice passage of play from Sweden! They move the ball quickly to Olsson, whose shot from distance takes a deflection for a corner. Decent effort but nothing comes from the corner.
Nice idea from Lindelof as he tries to cut open the Spanish defence with a through ball into the path of the advancing Quaison, but he's overcooked it and the ball rolls too far ahead of the Swedish striker.
What a save from De Gea!!! Quaison drives a header from the cross towards the top right corner, but, somehow, De Gea has managed to get a hand to it.
Nice build-up play from Spain ends with Bernat having a go from the left side of the box. But his shot is blocked. The PSG full back has been very active down the left here.
Sweden have a great chance through Quaison, whose low shot from inside the box sails just wide of the near post.
Sweden finally draw a roar out of the home crowd by playing the ball around the Spain penalty area. The home fans urge them to shoot but the shot is blocked.
Chance Spain! Moreno gets on the end of a Carvajal cross and drives a low header towards the left corner, forcing Olsen to stretch. A decent effort from the debutant.
Spain working the ball around with ease, until Thiago is fouled, leaving La Roja with a chance to deliver a ball into the box from the set piece. Nothing comes of it, but Spain still in possession.
Sweden string a few passes together and move the ball forward, until Berg is dispossed around Spain's third. Not much to write about the home side yet. It's been all La Roja.
Chance Spain! Corner comes in from Bernat. Ceballos challenges in the air and the ball falls to Rodri around the six yard area, but his shot is blocked.
Fabian has had lots of involvement in these opening 10 minutes.
What a miss from Thiago! A lucky deflection from his own shot leaves the Bayern midfielder one-on-one with the Swedish keeper, Olsen. He skips around him but can't put the ball in the net. That should have been 1-0 to the visitors!
Sweden sitting very deep here and soaking up the pressure.
First shot! A high ball is played across the area towards Carvajal. The Real Madrid full back plays a simple pass to tee up Fabian, who hits it first time from distance and forces a save from the keeper. Spain do nothing with the resultant corner.
Spain in early control here, trying to work something from the back, but the ball eventually goes out for a throw in.
Sweden get things underway!
Interestingly, six of La Roja's 11 starters tonight play their club football outside of Spain: De Gea (Man Utd), Bernat (PSG), Rodri (Man City), Alcantara (Bayern M), Fabian (Napoli) and Ceballos (Arsenal - on loan froM Real Madrid).
Gerard Moreno makes his debut tonight on the back of his impressive start to the LaLiga campaign with Villarreal. The 27-year-old striker is the Spanish league's joint top scorer with six goals after eight games played.
Here's how the Group F table looks ahead of this game. A win for Spain will guarantee their place in next summer's tournament, leaving Sweden and Romania battling for the second automatic qualification spot.
Sweden Starting XI: Olsen, Bengtsson, Lindelof, Granqvist, Lustig, Forsberg, Ekdal, Olsson, Larsson, Berg, Quaison
Fabian Ruiz starts tonight for Spain. The Napoli player has been the focus of heavy media speculation this week, with Madrid, Barça and Atleti all keeping tabs.
In case you missed it, here was Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko "subdued" reaction to Euro 2020 qualification.
Spain Starting XI: De Gea, Bernat, Martinez, Albil, Carvajal, Thiago, Rodri, Fabian, Ceballos, Moreno, Oyarzabal
Sweden host Spain with both nations eager to secure their place at Euro 2020 ahead of next month's final two qualifying matches. Spain top the group on 19 points and are the only team in the scetion which remain unbeaten. Sweden sit second on 14 points - just one point ahead of Romania who have a crunch meeting with the team in fourth Norway, who are not out of the running yet on 10 points.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Euro 2021 qualifier between Sweden and Spain. We'll be building up to the game here for the next hour until things get underway. Stay tuned!