Sweden 2-1 Spain: Visitors suffer first World Cup qualifying defeat in 28 years after Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson secure comeback victory
- Spain suffered their first World Cup qualifying defeat since 1993
- Sweden came from behind to end La Roja’s 66-game run on Thursday night
- Carlos Soler volleyed Luis Enrique’s Spain into an early lead in Stockholm
- But Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson secured a comeback victory
Sweden bounced back from conceding an early goal to surprise Spain and emerge with a 2-1 victory in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday to take control of Group B.
The game was barely five minutes old when Spain debutant Carlos Soler put the visitors ahead with a smart half-volley from Jordi Alba’s cross.
The lead did not last long as a minute later Alexander Isak, who plays in Spain for Real Sociedad, capitalised on Sergio Busquets’s error on the edge of the box to equalise.
Forward Alexander Isak capitalised on Sergio Busquets’ error to equalise for Sweden
Sweden: Olsen, Krafth, Lindelof, Helander, Augustinsson, Claesson, Kristoffer Olsson, Ekdal (Cajuste 69), Forsberg (Svanberg 90), Kulusevski (Quaison 85), Isak (Thelin 85).
Subs Not Used: Karlsson, Dahlberg, Nordfeldt, Larsson, Nilsson, Martin Olsson, Johansson, Sema.
Booked: Kulusevski, Krafth.
Goals: Isak 6, Claesson 57.
Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Jordi Alba, Carlos Soler (Mendez 85), Busquets (Rodri 85), Koke (Llorente 75), Torres, Morata (Sarabia 75), Gerard (Traore 64).
Subs Not Used: Fornals, Ruiz, Gaya, Albiol, Sanchez, Martinez, de Gea.
Booked: Jordi Alba, Busquets.
Goals: Carlos Soler 4.
Ref: Anthony Taylor (England).
Both sides had chances before Viktor Claesson latched onto Dejan Kulusevski’s centre to fire the winner after 57 minutes.
Group leaders Sweden move onto nine points with three wins from three games, while Euro 2020 semi-finalists Spain drop to second with seven points having played a game more.
Viktor Claesson latched onto Dejan Kulusevski’s centre to fire the winner after 57 minutes
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