Spain 1-0 Sweden summary: score, goals, highlights, WC 2022 qualifying
Spain vs Sweden
A game that was so reminiscent of the Euro 2020 meeting between both sides with Spain in control possession wise with Sweden looking sharp on the break. A late Morata delivered the relief for Spain fans with the late tap in following a thunderous strike from Olmo which Olsen could only palm onto the bar. Credit to Luis Enrique for sticking true to his guns and style of play and he now has 12 months to find a decent target man !!!
Celebrations all round from Luis Enrique and his players after the 1-0 win which provides the ticket to the 2022 World Cup.
Spain are in the Qatar World Cup as the whistle sound in Seville.
Corner for Sweden as the visitors push looking for a goal that would offer a glimmer of hope.
Now into time added on with 4 minutes to be added.
Dani Olmo is replaced by Rodri with Brais on for Gavi.
Uphill for Sweden now as the visitors need two goals to advance.
Olmo with the shot which Olson taps against the bar, Morata follows up and with the keeper on the floor, taps into the empty net.
Goooooooool Spain score.... Morata it is with the goal
Five minutes remain in Seville. Still 0-0....
Sweden switch: Krafth off for Olsson
Morata shoots and the ball is drilled straight at Olsen who gathers at the second attempt.
Sweden have nothing to lose by going for it. Am sure that Andersson half expects to head for the play-offs with with the game tied at 0-0 with 8 minutes or so remaining so expect to see a more offensive approach from the men in yellow for the remainder of the game.
Ten minutes remian and the tension levels are increasing but by bit with both sides aware that a goal now for any side could be definitive.
Olmo to take the free. Morata fires well over as the attendance of 51,000 fans tonight out in Seville.
First card of the night is awarded to Emil Krafth as he clips Dani Olmo.
Final 15' of this WC2022 qualifying phase. Spain closer to a place in Qatar.
A Zlatan goal to secure Sweden's place in Qatar? I wouldn't rule it out as, once again, Spain boss things possession wise but yet again fail to carve out clear cut chances.
Merino on for Spain with Carles Soler the man making way.
Isak makes way for Zlatan.
At some point in this game, Janne Andersson is going to have to amend his game plan with a 0-0 draw no good for Sweden. Zlatan looks set to make an entrance and that could be the cue for a change of mindset for the Sweden manager.
Spain still controlling the game as we head towards the 70 minute mark.
Mattias Svanberg goes for an overheaded effort but fails to secure the necessary accuracy and the ball drifts over Unai Simon's bar.
Soler into the box but the Valencia man is just unable to control the ball and Ludwig Augustinsson clears the danger for the Swedes.
Sweden changes: Forsberg and Dejan Kulusevski make way for Quaison and Svanberg.
Sublime ball from Laporte and Morata is unable to get anything on the shot and the ball goes wide.
Sweden too poised to make a couple of changes.
Morata and Rodrigo combine but the Leeds United strker's cross is overhit and the ball drifts wide.
Changes for Spain as Rodrigo and Morata come on. Sarabia and De Tomas the players making way.
Back to default mode as Spain move the ball around in the central area and Sweden with all 11 men behind the ball. First changes of the night imminent.
Spain now looking to rifle in balls from the flanks looking for RDT's head. A little more direct now La Roja and that's to be commended.
Ludwig Augustinsson has an effort for Sweden from long range but the ball was always rising.
Alba crosses and the ball is deflected wide for a corner. Raul de Tomas gets a head on the cross and it drifts agonizingly wide for Spain. La Roja have shaken off those early cobwebs as Morata, Merino and Rodrigo warm-up for Spain.
Every credit to Janne Anderson for his overseeing of a solid Sweden side. Dogged in defence and dangerous on the break.
What a mix-up at the back as Cesar Azpilicueta gives the ball away and Isak blazes over to save the Chelsea man's blushes. Spain have come out after he interval a little rusty.
Busquets handles and Sweden win a dangerous free. Spain now forced to defend deeply.
Sweden start the second 45'
The teams return to the pitch at La Cartuja. Spain just 45' away from a place in Qatar. Sweden too will be hopeful from the first half performance that, they too have enough quality to deliver a shock and progress.
In the other key WC 2022 qualifier tonight, Portugal and Serbia are 1-1 at the interval, a result that would see Fernando Santos' men advance to Qatar and leave the Balkan side to progress to the play-offs. Similar to the situation in Seville, a win/draw for the home side would be sufficient, Serbia need the win.
Spain well on top but it's the visitors who have come closest to finding the target with Emil Forsberg almost stunning the packed La Cartuja stadium. Pablo Sarabia went close for Spain but as things stand it would be 'La Roja' who would advance to Qatar 2022. An interesting and tense 45' await !
The whistle sounds right on the 45 minute mark and both sides head for the dressing room.
How many times have we seen this with the Spanish national side. Dominating the central area with neat passing but just lacking a creative spark and penetration when it comes to finsihing off a move.
Sarabia's effort the best of the night so far for Spain as we see Zlatan warm-up on the La Cartuja touchline.
Despite Spain's dominance with the ball, it's Sweden that have come closest to scoring on two occasions with the RB Leipzig at the heart of the Sweden attack. Shades of June at Euro 2020 in the game already. Spain knocking on the door but lacking the magic key to unpick it.
Inches wide and once again it was Forsberg who almost put the visitors ahead with a volleyed effort which drifted agonsiginbly close
Pau Torres to the rescue as two Swedish strikers were lying in wait.
Whilst it remains 0-0, Spain will be caught between a rock and hard place.... sit deeper and take the point or go for the game and leave the rear-guard a little more exposed ... that's set to be Luis Enrique's dilemma.
It really is hard to believe Gavi is just 17 years of age, the central midfielder is so calm and composed on the ball. A joy to watch.
Half an hour of the game gone in Seville and it remains 0-0.
Spain well on top but Sweden do look sharp on the break and we've yet to see the best of Real Sociedad striker Isak.
A Mexican wave breaks out at La Cartuja and how much would the already jubilant fans love a goal to calm any early nerves.
De Tomas looks to work his way into the Sweden box but is bossed out by a sea of yellow shirts. As they were in June during the Euro 2020 clash, Sweden looking very well drilled in defence.
The ball falls to Alba from a Spain corner and the Barcelona man sees glory but blasts over.
Spain rampant in terms of possession.
Still cagey here in La Cartuja. Spain in control but Sweden do look good on the counter with Forsberg looking lively tonight.
Sublime play from Gavi as the teenager weaves past yellow shirts and offers a boost for the home fans just as Sweden were starting to edge their way into the competition.
Forsberg almost makes it 0-1 with the best chance of the night as the RB Leipzig man drives his left footed shot just inches wide of Unai Simon's post.
Past the quarter of an hour and to be honest, for all Spain's possession and domination, Olsen in the Sweden goal has yet t be called into action.
Past the ten minute mark and Unai Simon in the Spain has been a virtual spectator so far as Sweden struggle to get the ball into the opposing half.
Luis Enrique looking on from the sideline with a rather serious countenance. Looking good the Asturian coach tonight with a black and grey combo !
Sarabia goes close as the current Sporting CP send the ball inches wide after a fine assist from De Tomas. The fans in Seville enjoying what they are seeing so far.
Two appeals for spot kicks for Spain as Olmo and Azpilicueta are upended. Nothing doing for the German match official who waves play on.
Corner for Spain as the ball is almost steered into the Swedish goal as it ricochets off a defender.
The default pattern already being established, Spain moving the ball around and all 11 Swedish players behind the ball. Anticipating a 75-25 (%) possession stat come the end of the game tonight.
De Tomas gets a whack in the face and goes to ground. A cheer from the home crowd as the Espanyol striker gets to his feet.
The pitch at La Cartuja doesn't look too bad from this vantage point. We'll see how it cuts up during the course of the action.
All set in Seville, Spain to start the action....
4-4-2 for Sweden with Claesson and Isak leading the line for the side in yellow.
Expectation levels are through the roof. Surely Spain can't get it wrong tonight ? Against Sweden at Euro 2020, the really laboured to break the Scandinavian side down and once again over elaborated with their possession game.
National anthem time with a volley of boos (rather unsporting) ringing out to greet the Swedish national anthem
We're all set, the teams makes their way to the playing area at La Cartuja. Spain will be in their classic red shirts/dark blue shorts tonight with Sweden in all yellow.
Playing surface apart, there is a spectacular atmosphere building at La Cartuja with maybe 2,000 Swedish fans decked out ion yellow adding to the overall colour.
Question marks surround La Cartuja surface (again)
The playing surface at the stadium in Seville came under much scrutiny during Euro 2020 for the four games that were staged in the Andalusian capital and once again the pitch is causing issues and coming under fire.
The last meeting on Spanish soil between both sides ended in a 0-0 draw during Euro 2020 at the same venue tonight. The previous two games with Spain at home, both ended in 3-0 wins for 'La Roja'. Any of these results would do for Luis Enrique and his men to advance to Qatar next year.
Spain-Sweden: Sold Out
The Spanish FA put a limited number of tickets that were returned by the Swedish FA on sale this morning and the game is now officially a sell-out with 60,000 fans expected at La Cartuja.
A reminder of tonight's teams should you be joining us late.
- 1Robin Olsen
- Joakim Nilsson
- 21Dejan Kulusevski
Spain-Sweden: match official
Germany Felix Brych has been nominated by UEFA to oversee tonight's action in Seville. The German referee is one of European football's high ranking match officials.
Sweden too are no strangers to making the World Cup finals, having graced the competition on 12 occasions with their best showing a runners-up medal at the 1958 competition. At the Russia 2018 WC, Sweden made it as far as the quarter-final stage.
One hast to go back to the 1974 World Cup staged in West Germany for the last time Spain failed to advance to a World Cup finals. Since that mid 70s tournament, 'La Roja' have been an ever present at the tournaments winning the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Group B live table
With Greece out of contention, it's a two horse race for a place in Qatar between Spain and Sweden with just one point separating both sides. The Swedes need a win and Luis Enrique's men advance with a draw or victory.
Sweden really did their automatic WC 2022 qualification no favours last Thursday as they fell 2-0 in Georgia whilst Spain moved into pole position in Group B with a 0-1 win away to Greece in Athens with a Pablo Sarabia spot kick enough to secure maximum points for 'La Roja'
So, Luis Enrique opts to hand a second cap to Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas with RDT preferred to Juventus' Alvaro Morata. Sweden select a striking pair of Real Sociedad's Isak and Juve's Dejan Kulusevski as Zlatan moves to the bench.
"We will be stronger with a full stadium"
Speaking ahead of the clash, Spain boss Luis Enrique stated: "The pressure is the same as it was before Greece, our objective is still the same: win both games... we will enter the pitch on Sunday with an aggressive winning mentality. We will play to win, no matter what the numbers say."
"This will not be a party until the game is over. Our job is to close with a victory, but they are a rival and that will not be easy."
Packed house expected at La Cartuja
A packed La Cartuja awaits Spain tonight with 60,000 fans encouraged to get behind 'La Roja' from the off. Spain played all three Euro 2020 group stage games at this venue with the opening game coming against Sweden. The home side failed to break down the yellow wall on that June evening but would settle for a similar scoreline (0-0) come the end of the game tonight.
Many times the word 'final' gets over-used by managers and fans alike to describe a big game, tonight's WC qualifier, whilst not strictly a 'final' per se, is a game of mammoth proportion.... a winner takes all situation with the victor heading to the 2022 World Cup and the group runner up, having to negotiate a path to Qatar via the minefield that is the play-off path. A draw too would be good enough for Spain. This is a big, big game !
The action at the Estadio de la Cartuja gets underway at 20:45 CET/16:45 ET
Hello and a very warm welcome to our live coverage from Seville as Spain face Sweden in the final matchday of the Group B campaign.