The Spanish national team must avoid the home loss to Sweden on Monday (15/11) early in the morning Indonesian Western Time to claim first place in Group B at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. La Furia Roja is one point ahead of Sweden, which is second in the Zone Europe Group B standings.
Spain took full advantage of Sweden’s poor result with a narrow 0-1 victory over Greece in the previous game.
While Sweden surprisingly lost 0-2 to Georgia. Although the visitors led the game with 60% possession and 20 shots on goal, the hosts proved to be more effective in taking advantage of their chances.
Spain coach Luis Enrique did not want to set himself the goal of a draw against Sweden. He wants to win, to secure a place in the World Cup final.
“Of course we want to secure a ticket to the final. I’ve always believed in it, even though we finished second. We are up against a good team, which in theory will come out in attack. We are not after a draw, but a victory, ”Enrique said.
Spain have a slight advantage in the history of this clash, taking six wins in 16 games, while Sweden have won four.
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However, in the last game of the Group B qualifying opener, Spain lost 0-2 to Sweden. The results certainly don’t want to be repeated by Enrique’s team. Winning is a fixed price to qualify for Qatar 2022.
Enrique hopes it will be a great fight. Therefore, he asked for the full support of the supporters of the Matador team.
“This team has overcome many difficulties and now we will have the support of our people. We will play the same way, pressing and attacking,” he explained.
Meanwhile, despite the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and rising star Alexander Isak up front, Sweden suffered a painful loss to Georgia which saw them move to the top of the table by Spain.
Sweden will definitely improve, especially in the final settlement. The many missed opportunities against Georgia will be assessed.
“There is an old truth in football, if you don’t take risks sooner or later your opponents will,” said Andersson. (Espn / UEFA / OL-7)