Sport 3 things we learned from Spain v. Sweden
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Spain huffed and puffed, and huffed and puffed some more, but couldn’t make Sweden’s house budge as they settle for a 0-0 draw in the two sides’ EURO 2020 opener in Seville, Spain, on Monday.
As they typically do, Spain held an overwhelmingly majority of possession in the game, but — as they have done all too often in recent years — couldn’t break down the low defensive block of Sweden.
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Three things we learned: Spain – Sweden
1. Possession doesn’t translate to points: Spain enjoyed an astonishing 85 percent of possession (that’s against Sweden, but no amount of sustained possession could make up for the frustratingly (and predictably) wasteful finishing of a forward line led by noted chance waster Alvaro Morata.
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spain held possession for 85% of that game
85% of 90 minutes is 76.5 minutes
that almost doesn't seem possible
— Andy Edwards (@AndyEdMLS)
2. The possession was, however, impressive nonetheless: Here’s the thing about having the ball as much as Spain did against Sweden: it’s really difficult to do, to the point that doing so requires so very few misplaced passes over the course of 90 minutes that perhaps no other team in the world could actually pull it off. Also, it’s not as if La Furia Roja weren’t creating genuine scoring chances after stringing together 15, 20 and upward of 30 passes with ease. At least after one game, this feels strictly like an issue to do with the finishing and very little else. You’ve done loads of the hard work, now just put the chances away. Easy, right?
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3. Morata not the only wasteful one: To be fair to Morata, Dani Olmo attempted two more shots than Morata did (3) against Sweden and also failed to score a goal, technically making him the worst offender of wasting scoring chances. The fact he managed to put two on target (to Morata’s zero) does help Olmo save face to a degree, though.
Man of the match: Robin Olsen – Had to make five saves on the day, including a pair of key stops late in the game.
Morata missed the target altogether with his best chance of the game, a one-on-one battle with Robin Olsen in the 38th minute. With Olsen all by his lonesome, Morata seemed destined to score and make good on Spain’s nearly 90 percent of possession to that point.
YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE THOSE, ALVARO! ????
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC)
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Sweden never truly grew into the game in the sense that they were anything close to Spain’s equals, but Alexander Isak didn’t miss the opportunity to put the team on his back and try to carry them over the line anyway. The 21-year-old striker was at the center of anything and everything good for Sweden, including this tragically wasted chance by Marcus Berg in the 61st minute.
UEFA Euro 2020 odds, picks, predictions: European soccer expert reveals best bets for Spain vs. Sweden
Martin Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season . Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at Spain vs. Sweden. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Sweden vs. Spain:Spain vs. Sweden spread: Spain -1.5Spain vs. Sweden over-under: 2.5 goalsSpain vs. Sweden money line: Spain -285, Sweden +950, Draw +360ESP: The Spanish have registered 39 wins and five draws in 48 matches in SevilleSWE: The Swedes have won just one of their last eight UEFA Euro non-qualifiers (2-0 vs.
Sweden misses a great chance ????
Isak is a special player!
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC)
Up next for Spain is a clash with Poland on Saturday (3 pm ET), while Sweden will face Slovakia the day before (9 am ET).
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