Spain qualified for the 2022 World Cup thanks to Alvaro Morata’s late goal, while Sweden was relegated to the play-offs. After 86 minutes, Morata tapped the ball in after Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen deflected Dani Olmo’s attempt onto the crossbar.
Luis Enrique’s team only needed a point to finish first in Group B, whereas Sweden needed to win to finish first. As a result of the outcome, Spain has qualified for the World Cup finals for the 12th time in a row.
In March, Sweden will have another chance to qualify for the European play-offs.
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In the opening exchanges, Spain had the superior start, with winger Pablo Sarabia firing a 20-yard shot narrowly wide. In the first half, the visitors grew into the game and had several chances, with attacker Emil Forsberg twice coming close to breaking the deadlock.
And Alexander Isak should have put Janne Andersson’s side ahead midway through the second period when he was through on goal, but the forward seized his chance after capitalizing on some sloppy defending.
After grabbing a late lead, Spain held on to continue their streak of reaching every World Cup since 1974.
Source: BBC Sport