Spain 1-0 Sweden: Luis Enrique's side seal their Qatar World Cup spot

Spain 1-0 Sweden: Luis Enrique’s side seal their spot at the Qatar World Cup after Alvaro Morata’s late goal gives the hosts a narrow victory in Seville

  • Sweden needed to win against Spain to overtake them as leaders of Group B 
  • But the visitors only had 27 per cent possession and had zero attempts on target
  • Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game with four minutes remaining 

Spain officially sealed their spot at the Qatar World Cup in 2022 after a tight 1-0 victory against Group B rivals Sweden at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville on Sunday evening.

Sweden went into the match knowing they needed to win to overtake group leaders Spain, but failed to fire a shot in anger, with only 27 per cent possession and zero shots on target. 

As the visitors pushed forward late on, Alvaro Morata punished them, scoring the only goal of the game with four minutes left to put the cherry on Luis Enrique’s side’s qualification celebrations. 

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Alvaro Morata scored the only goal against Sweden as Spain sealed World Cup qualification

The visitors (right) needed a victory in Seville to leapfrog Spain and become Group B winners

Spain (4-3-3): Simon; Azpilicueta, Torres, Laporte, Alba; Soler (Merino 73), Busquets, Gavi (Rodri 90); Olmo (Mendez 90), de Tomas (Rodrigo 60), Sarabia (Morata 59).

Subs not used: de Gea, Sanchez; Gaya, Carvajal, Llorente, Koke, Diaz.

Goals: Morata 86.

Yellow cards: Mendez 90+1.

Manager: Luis Enrique.

Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth (M Olsson 85), Nilsson, Lindelof, Augustinsson; Kulusevski (Quaison 64), Ekdal, K Olsson, Forsberg (Svanberg 63); Isak (Ibrahimovic 73), Claesson.

Subs not used: Dahlberg, Nordfeldt; Milosevic, Sundgren, Lewicki, Eriksson, Karlsson, Cajuste.

Yellow cards: Krafth 77. 

Manager: Janne Andersson.  

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