Sports Desk, Sep 2 (EFE).- Sweden fans were celebrating Thursday after their national soccer team did something no other side has accomplished in 28 years: defeating Spain in a World Cup qualifying match.
The 2010 World Cup champions had 75 percent possession and made nearly three times as many passes as the Swedes, who stuck to the same defense-first approach that carried them to the knockout stage of Euro 2020.
Extending their home unbeaten streak to 13 matches, Sweden vaulted to the top of Group B with 9 points from three matches.
Spain have 7 points after four games and must win the rest of their games to be sure of qualifying.
The Spain squad that took the field Thursday at Stockholm’s Friends Arena was little changed from the team who reached the Euro 2020 semifinals barely two months ago.
And it was one of the two men making their first official appearance for La Roja who put the visitors ahead in the 4th minute.
Carlos Soler was lurking unmarked at the far post when Jordi Alba’s cross came his way and the Valencia midfielder scored his maiden international goal.
The advantage endured for less than a minute, as Sergio Busquets coughed up the ball after a back pass from Soler and Alexander Isak was in position to blast it past goalkeeper Unai Simon for the equalizer.
As the match was approaching the hour mark, a poor clearance following a Swedish corner set up Viktor Claesson to make it 2-1 for the home side.
Sweden were tenacious in defense and would have extended their lead but for Robin Quaison’s inability to capitalize on a great chance in stoppage time. EFE rmm/dr