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Sweden 2-1 Spain: Visitors lose first World Cup qualifier since 1993

Viktor Claesson
Viktor Claesson’s goal helped Sweden keep up their 100% record in World Cup qualifying

Spain suffered their first World Cup qualifying defeat since 1993 as Sweden came from behind to end La Roja’s 66-game run.

Carlos Soler volleyed Luis Enrique’s Spain into an early lead in Stockholm on his international debut.

But just 12 seconds after play resumed Alexander Isak took advantage of a defensive mistake to slam home.

Viktor Claesson controlled Dejan Kulusevski’s pass before firing in a famous winner from 12 yards out.

The previous team to beat Spain in a World Cup qualifier were Sweden’s neighbours, Denmark, in March 1993 in Copenhagen.

Since then Spain had won 52 World Cup qualifiers and drawn the other 14.

The win takes Sweden top of Group B on nine points from three games.

Spain have seven points from four games and could be facing a play-off for a place at the 2022 World Cup with only the group winners qualifying automatically.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olsen
  • 2KrafthBooked at 52mins
  • 3Lindelöf
  • 14Helander
  • 6Augustinsson
  • 7Claesson
  • 20Olsson
  • 8EkdalSubstituted forCajusteat 69′minutes
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forSvanbergat 90+4′minutes
  • 21KulusevskiBooked at 34minsSubstituted forQuaisonat 85′minutes
  • 9IsakSubstituted forThelinat 85′minutes


  • 4Karlsson
  • 5Olsson
  • 11Thelin
  • 12Dahlberg
  • 13Johansson
  • 15Sema
  • 16Larsson
  • 17Cajuste
  • 18Nilsson
  • 19Svanberg
  • 22Quaison
  • 23Nordfeldt


Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Simón
  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 12García
  • 19Laporte
  • 18AlbaBooked at 35mins
  • 10SolerSubstituted forMéndezat 85′minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forRodriat 85′minutes
  • 8KokeSubstituted forLlorenteat 75′minutes
  • 11Torres
  • 7MorataSubstituted forSarabiaat 75′minutes
  • 9MorenoSubstituted forTraoréat 64′minutes


  • 1de Gea
  • 3Albiol
  • 4Martínez
  • 6Llorente
  • 13Sánchez
  • 14Gayà
  • 15Ruiz
  • 16Rodri
  • 17Traoré
  • 20Méndez
  • 21Fornals
  • 22Sarabia

Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Sweden 2, Spain 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Sweden 2, Spain 1.

  3. Substitution, Sweden. Mattias Svanberg replaces Emil Forsberg.

  4. Attempt missed. Robin Quaison (Sweden) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Offside, Sweden. Robin Olsen tries a through ball, but Isaac Kiese Thelin is caught offside.

  6. Foul by Brais Méndez (Spain).

  7. Emil Krafth (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Attempt blocked. Brais Méndez (Spain) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Sarabia with a cross.

  9. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jens Cajuste.

  10. Offside, Sweden. Ludwig Augustinsson tries a through ball, but Isaac Kiese Thelin is caught offside.

  11. Substitution, Spain. Brais Méndez replaces Carlos Soler.

  12. Substitution, Sweden. Robin Quaison replaces Dejan Kulusevski.

  13. Substitution, Spain. Rodri replaces Sergio Busquets.

  14. Substitution, Sweden. Isaac Kiese Thelin replaces Alexander Isak.

  15. Attempt missed. Carlos Soler (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Alba following a corner.

  16. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Viktor Claesson.

  17. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Filip Helander.

  18. Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  19. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Emil Krafth.

  20. Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Aymeric Laporte.

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