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Euro 2020 qualifying: Spain 3-0 Sweden

14 June 2019

Spain swept Sweden aside easily at the Santiago Bernabeu, with second-half penalties from Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata added to by Alvaro Oyarzabal's fine strike as La Roja went five points clear in Group F.

"This is a step towards the Euros".

Despite a disappointing spell for the Spanish national team, Andersson himself will be by no means underestimating Luis Enrique's men.

The onslaught resumed after the break and Spain finally got the breakthrough just past the hour, as Ramos swept home from the spot after Sebastian Larsson was adjudged to have handled a Marco Asensio cross.

Speaking to reporters after Spain moved five points clear in Group F, Chelsea keeper Kepa told reporters: "I'm going to continue working as I have until now, doing my best at my club to keep the confidence of the coach".

Austria thrashed North Macedonia 4-1 to go third while Slovenia crushed Latvia 5-0 to go fourth.

The captain was honored for the record before the match. Ramos handed the ball to Morata, who calmly converted from the spot.

On giving Morata the second penalty he said: "I offered Morata the penalty because strikers live for goals and I wanted our finisher to discover his enjoyment and his touch again".

"It's not one concrete moment when we decided it, but we started commenting the lineup a long time ago, and then when you have all the info on your hands, that's what gives you the last push to take the decision".

The Porto goalkeeper played in 121 victories from 167 internationals so Ramos is also now two behind Casillas' record as Spain's most-capped player.

Rodrigo had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon came close with an uncontested shot from inside the area that just missed early in the second half.

The Swedes also bring attacking threats of their own too in the shape of midfielder Claesson and forward Quaison (3 goals apiece) who have helped Sweden into one of the two automatic qualification places for next year's finals.

"I talked to Luis Enrique on Friday, right before the game, and we chatted about it".

And Moreno is hopeful his colleague can return to the dugout for Spain's next fixtures against Romania and the Faroe Islands in September.

Euro 2020 qualifying: Spain 3-0 Sweden