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The Spanish national team made a very important step towards extracting the direct qualification for the FIFA World Cup, scheduled in Qatar next year, from the second group, after its precious 1-0 victory over its host Greece, yesterday, Thursday, in the ninth (penultimate) round of the group, which It also witnessed a surprise victory for Georgia 2-0 over its guest Sweden.
Spain, the 2010 world champion, took advantage of the Swedish team’s stumble, to rise to the top of the group, after raising its score to 16 points, a point ahead of its closest opponents, the Sweden team, while Greece remained in third place with nine points, and Georgia came fourth with 7 points. 3 points ahead of Kosovo (at the bottom of the standings).
Spain’s match with its guest, Sweden, next Sunday, in the last round of the group, became decisive in determining the qualified team for the World Cup.
A draw is enough for the Spanish team to qualify for the World Cup, while Sweden must win to seize the nomination paper for the World Cup.
At the Olympic Stadium in the Greek capital, Athens, Pablo Sarabia wore the dress of mastery in the match, after scoring Spain’s only goal in the 26th minute from a penalty kick, while the Greek team’s attempts to equalize during the remaining time of the match.
In the Georgian capital Tbilisi, the Georgia team blew up a heavy-caliber surprise, complicating the position of its guest, Sweden, in qualifying for the finals, after beating them 2-0.
Despite the absolute dominance of the Swedish national team, and its players competing to waste many dangerous opportunities, especially in the first half, especially from its veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Georgian team turned things upside down, by obtaining the three points in the end, To present a valuable gift to the Spanish national team.
Khavisha Kvaratskhelia played the championship role in the match, after scoring the two goals of the Georgian team in the 61st and 77th minutes, to give his country a historic victory over its Swedish counterpart.
It is noteworthy that the leaders of the group will qualify directly to the World Cup finals in Qatar, while the second-placed team will play the play-off matches.
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