A late goal of Alvaro Morata secured Spainat the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a 1-0 victory over Sweden on the final day of Group B qualifying for the 2022 UEFA World Cup on Sunday night at Estadio La Cartuja in Seville.
With the result, Spain win the group with 19 points, finishing four points ahead of second place Sweden.
It was a nervous and tense affair between the two with things on the edge of the knife until Spainthe incisor won at the end with Morata, sending the 2010 world champions to football’s biggest stage next year.
Coach Luis Enrique made six changes from the squad which overcame a 0-1 victory in Greece on Thursday, although Raul de Tomas was kept as a starting striker and associated with Dani Olmo, who replaced Alvaro Morata. There was also a change in the back, with César Azpilicueta and Jordi Alba in and Sergio Busquets instead of Rodri.
Spain had an overwhelming possession advantage at the start, but it was Sweden Emil Forsberg who had the first real chance to score against the run of play when he swung a left-footed shot aside.
The face of the game has remained the same; Spain with the ball but Sweden posing a threat when they could actually touch and for the second time in the half shortly before half, Forsberg had a goal on his boot but unleashed a wide volley.
Spain started the second stanza slow and was lucky that Sweden did not take better advantage of a loose Spanish defender.
Luis Enrique went to his bench on time, with Morata lit for Pablo Sarabia and De Tomas Make room for Rodrigo Moreno. Both forwards brought fresh energy to the front line, but the precarious stalemate remained until the final 20 minutes.
During this time, Sweden went to a very household name on their bench, with legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacing Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad with the hope that the 40-year-old Barcelona ex can summon a moment of magic.
There was also another change for the home team, with Merino Mikel substitute Carlos soler, as Spain patiently sought to use their possession game to punish the increasingly desperate Swedes.
The tactic would end up paying off a few minutes from the moment a Olmo the ranged strike thundered from the crossbar, falling to one side Morata, who continued to play as the Swedish defenders searched for the offside flag and calmly finished in the net for the final score 1-0.
1.- Spain: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Gavi (Rodri, min. 90), Carlos Soler (Merino, min. 73); Sarabia (Morata, min. 60), Dani Olmo (Brais Mendez, min. 90), Raul de Tomas (Rodrigo Moreno, min. 60).
0.- Sweden: Olsen; Krafth (Olsson, min. 85), Lindelof, Nilsson, Augustinsson; Claesson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg (Svanberg, min. 63); Kulusevski (Quaison, min. 63), Isak (Ibrahimovic, min. 73).
Goals: 1-0, min. 86: Morata
Arbitrator: Félix Brych (Germany). Yellow cards: Krafth (Min. 77) for Sweden, Brais Mendez (Min. 91) for Spain
Red cards: Nothing
Stadium: La Cartuja
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