Luis Enrique’s Spain could not do better than the draw on Monday night against Sweden who came there to win the 0-0. Despite a total stranglehold on the ball, the Spanish players have broken their teeth on a Swedish team technically limited, but courageous defensively.
Spain 0-0 Sweden
38e minute to the Cartuja stadium in Seville. On yet another Spanish attack, Swedish defender Marcus Danielson finds his way, offering Álvaro Morata a golden opportunity on a plateau. Unfortunately, the scorer of the Roja misses him too and fails to deceive Robin Olsen. An action that alone sums up perfectly the meeting of this Monday evening: an overtaken Sweden in the game on one side, a Spain much too clumsy on the other, and on arrival a 0-0 draw that will delight the men of Janne Andersson. Much less those of Luis Enrique.
Marcus Danielson’s Long Stations of the Cross
From the first moments of the first act, we understand that the evening promises to be long for the Swedish players. Spain monopolizes the ball as 2010, and leaves only crumbs to the players of Janne Andersson. The latter, far too technically limited, are trying as best they can to resist the Spanish waves which fall on a defense at bay. Symbol of the Swedish shipwreck, poor Marcus Danielson: the Dalian Professional player, completely lost, fails to offer Spain the opener, but takes advantage of the clumsiness of Álvaro Morata (38e). The evening is also long on the other side of the eleven for Marcus Berg and Alexander Isak, even if the second thinks to achieve the perfect heist before the break on a shot saved on his line by Llorente and deflected on the post (41e).
Morata, Isak: brothers in the galley
The second act is a carbon copy of the first, on both sides: Spain outrageously dominates a disconcerted Sweden, yet is unable to pose the slightest danger on the cage of a vigilant Robin Olsen. The fault, in particular, with an Álvaro Morata whose many blunders will not help to improve the image of grape picker which sticks to his skin. His counterpart in the yellow jersey, Alexander Isak, saw the opposite situation. Almost completely weaned from the ball, the nugget of Real Sociedad takes advantage of one of his rare occasions to sow panic in the Spanish defense and serve Berg who, alone against the empty goal, succeeds in throwing it aside.
A rare clearing up in a second half which, too, will have mostly looked like a siege for the Swedish defense. But Luis Enrique’s multiple changes do not change the situation: if the Roja finally decides to pass the third at the end of the match, she comes across a Robin Olsen in a state of grace who allows his teammates to save the point of the draw, in particular on a point blank header from Gerard Moreno. A performance to be quickly forgotten for the teammates of Jordi Alba, who will have no other choice but to make up for it next Saturday against the other disappointed of the day, Poland.
Spain (4-3-3) : Simon – Llorente, Laporte, Torres, Alba – Koke (87e, Ruiz), Rodri (Alcántara, 66e), Pedri – Torres (Oyarzabal, 74e), Morata (Sarabia, 66e), Olmo (Moreno, 74e). Breeder : Luis Enrique.
Sweden (4-4-2) : Olsen – Lustig (Krafth, 75e), Lindelöf, Danielson, Augustinsson – Larsson, Olsson (Cajuste, 84e), Ekdal, Forsberg (Bengtsson, 84e) – Isaac (Claesson, 69e), Berg (Quaison, 69e). Breeder : Janne Andersson.
By Maurice de Rambuteau