ALVARO Morata led the Spanish national team to the 2022 World Cup after their lone goal secured a 1-0 victory over Sweden in the final Group B game of the European zone qualifier at La Cartuja stadium , in Seville, Monday (15/11) early morning WIB.
Morata made Spain’s qualification quite dramatic as the Juventus striker had just scored, four minutes before regulation time was dispersed.
Starting with Dani Olmo’s spectacular long-range shot, which hit the crossbar, Morata managed to catch the ball quickly to outsmart goalkeeper Robin Olsen with a close-range shot.
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The victory deserved to be won by Spain who appeared dominant with 72% possession throughout the game and pulled out 12 shooting attempts, four of which hit the target.
Sweden were not without a fight, having attempted eight shots for eight shots, but unfortunately none of them scored against the hosts.
Only needing a draw to lock the ticket to the final, Spain stepped up its pace by winning Group D armed with a cumulative 19 points.
While Sweden finished second in Group D with 15 points and had to go through the play-off phase if they were to follow Spain to Qatar.
In another round of Group B finals, the Greek hosts were held to a 1-1 draw in Kosovo at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
Greece took the lead a minute before the break thanks to a goal from Giorgos Masouras, but the visitors managed to retaliate with a close-range strike from Amir Rrahmani in the 76th minute.
However, the position of the two teams did not change in the final Group D standings. Greece is third with 10 points and Kosovo remains last with five points.
The knockout phase in which Sweden will participate is expected to take place in March next year, competing for the remaining three tickets from the European zone to the 2022 World Cup. (Ant / OL-1)