EURO 2020: Sweden hold Spain goalless in Seville
Spain controlled possession but couldn’t convert any of their chances as Sweden held them to a 0-0 draw at Sevilla.
Sweden only looked dangerous on rare occasions and came close to breaking the deadlock towards the end of the first half when Real Sociedad striker Isak Alexander saw his shot from inside the surface hit the post after deflecting Spanish defender Marcos Llorente in front of the goal line.
Álvaro Morata had Spain’s best chance a few minutes earlier, but his missed shot from goalkeeper Robin Olsen was the only opponent to beat in the box. Olsen also saved a point blank header from substitute Gerard Moreno in the 90th minute.
At the start of the second half, Marcus Berg missed the shot from inside the box for the other good opportunity wasted by Sweden.
In the other group game, Slovakia beat Poland 2-1 in St. Petersburg.
Spain’s matches at Euro 2020 take place in Seville instead of Bilbao – Spain’s original host city – as the high rate of contagion of the virus in the northern city would not allow many fans to attend matches.
A limited crowd of 12,517 attended the match at La Cartuja, where Spain will also face Poland on Saturday and Slovakia on June 23. A quarterfinal match will also be played in La Cartuja.
Sweden will then face Slovakia in St. Petersburg on Friday.