A goalless draw overshadowed Spain and Sweden, yesterday, Monday, in the first round of Group E of the European Football Championship.
Both teams scored a point from a goalless tie in the group that also includes Poland and Slovakia, who met on Monday, where the Slovak team won 2-1.
The Spanish team failed to win for the second time in its last three opening matches in the European Nations, as it drew 1-1 with Italy in its first match in the 2012 edition in Poland and Ukraine, and then beat the Czechs 1-0 at the start of its 2016 edition in France.
On the other hand, the Swedish team kept a clean sheet in the tournament for the first time since its match against France in the 2012 edition, when it won 2-0, while it lost 0-1 against Italy and Belgium and tied with Ireland 1-1 in the 2016 edition.
At the beginning of the match, the reservations about the performance of both teams seemed clear, as the first quarter of the hour did not witness any serious attacks on the goal of either Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon or Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
In the seventh minute, Spain’s Dani Olmo hit a ball from outside the penalty area, but it passed over the crossbar.
The Swedish defense showed great readiness to confront the Spanish attempts to score the goal of progress, with counter-attacks from time to time.
In the 30th minute, Dani Olmo played a cross inside the penalty area, to be met by Koki with a direct shot towards the goal, but the ball came over the crossbar.
The rest of the first half minutes did not witness anything new, so the referee blew the whistle at the end of the game, with a goalless draw.
With the beginning of the second half, the Spanish team tried to tip the scales and score the goal, in light of the decline in the Swedish performance, which was keen to defend most of the match.
In the 49th minute, Alvaro Morata, the Spanish national team striker, hit a shot from an area close to the goal in the penalty area, but his ball moved away from the right post of Olsen’s goal.
Sweden striker Marcus Berg missed an opportunity for his team to score the lead, after receiving a cross from Alexander Isak, but he did not manage to convert it into a goal despite being close to Simon’s goal.
Although Spain coach Luis Enrique and Jan Anderson made many changes, this did not succeed in changing the result, which continued to a goalless draw until the end.
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