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September 2, 2021
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – On an evening that began so badly for Sweden, it didn’t take lengthy for the worth of getting an out and out quantity 9 of their staff to change into evident.
Simply 62 seconds after conceding to Spain, Alexander Isak latched on to Sergio Busquets’s mistake to complete with aplomb and set Sweden on the way in which to a shock 2-1 victory of their World Cup qualifier.
Isak, who performs in Spain for Actual Sociedad, was a thorn within the facet of the Euro 2020 semi-finalist’s backline all evening, working Eric Garcia and Aymeric Laporte ragged together with his direct motion and deft touches.
He was helped by Spain coach Luis Enrique’s questionable determination to make use of a excessive again line however Isak was in bullish temper after the match.
“We all know that Spain are favourites (for the group), however we’re additionally an excellent staff,” Isak stated.
“We stated earlier than the sport we’re taking part in at dwelling and we needed to go for the three factors.
“I believe we bought our defence proper, as normal, and this time we had been significantly better offensively.”
Extra than simply setting the tone for his staff’s high-octane show, Isak’s eye of the needle end once more highlighted simply how a lot Spain want a confirmed goalscorer.
Gerard Moreno’s solely contribution to the sport was to journey over his personal toes with the purpose gaping at 1-1.
His strike associate Alvaro Morata, who has been closely criticised by followers and pundits in Spain, was nameless in his 75 minutes on the pitch because the duo had been effectively shackled by Victor Lindelof and Filip Helander.
The guests’ finest possibilities got here by way of wingers Ferran Torres and Adama Traore, each forcing Robin Olsen into saves – however there was no person with a goalscorer’s intuition able to tuck dwelling the rebound.
With Sweden now high of Group B, it’s a downside Luis Enrique should discover a answer to urgently if Spain are to reel them in.
(Reporting by Joseph Walker, enhancing by Ed Osmond)