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FRUSTRATING: Morata misfires for Spain in draw with Sweden

FRUSTRATING: Morata misfires for Spain in draw with Sweden

 

Alvaro Morata spurned two gilt-edged chances as Spain laboured to a goalless Euro 2020 draw with Sweden in Seville.

On-loan Juventus hitman Morata wasted one fine opening in each half, as Luis Enrique’s Spain opened their tournament in frustrating fashion.

The three-time European champions dominated the Swedes but still had to ride their luck en route to an opening Group E point.

Marcus Berg wasted the opportunity of the match for Sweden, skying an the ball high and wide from just yards out with the goal at his mercy.

And Alexander Isak could easily have seen his deflected effort ricochet into the goal rather than off the post and straight into Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon’s arms.

Spain’s frustrations in failing to find a breakthrough will have been compounded by Slovakia topping Group E with their 2-1 win over Poland.

 

Lack of cutting edge

 

Spain completed more than 400 passes in the first half and set a new European Championships record as they dominated Sweden.

Former Chelsea striker Morata should have turned that potency into a scoreboard lead, but scythed his chance wide with the goal at his mercy.

Morata hooked wide from another big chance after the interval, to let Sweden off once more.

But then Marcus Berg missed a serious sitter of his own, skying the ball high over the crossbar from mere yards out after some fine work in the box from Isak.


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