Spain to stick to the style of draw enough for Qatar ticket

Spain to stick to the style of draw enough for Qatar ticket

MADRID, November 13 (Xinhua) – Spain will qualify for their 12th straight World Cup final if they win or draw at home to Sweden at the Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville on Sunday night.

Spain’s 1-0 victory in Greece thanks to a penalty on Pablo Sarabia, together with Sweden’s shocked 2-0 loss in Georgia, has turned the table in the group with Spain who now have a point advantage in the last match.

Three days ago, it looked like Spain would need to win its last match, but now a draw is enough to book its ticket to Qatar in November 2022.

Coach Luis Enrique has already said that his team will try to take the game to their rivals and remain true to their style of play, but the Spaniards will be aware that their two latest results against the Swedes are not good.

The Swedes came back from a disadvantage to win 2-1 in Stockholm in September, where Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson turned around Carlos Soler’s fourth minute premiere for the Spaniards.

Spain also failed to score against Sunday’s rivals in a 0-0 draw in Sevilla in the group stage of this summer’s European Championships. Even if a repetition of that result would take the Spaniards directly to Qatar, it would certainly cause some worn-out nerves.

Luis Enrique is likely to make several changes on his side to try and keep as many fresh legs as possible from the field. Pau Torres will probably step into the central defense for Inigo Martinez, who finished Thursday with a minor betting problem, while the experienced duo Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta can come in as defenders.

Dani Olmo will replace Raul de Tomas, and Sergio Busquets also looks set to start. Solar will probably step into the side of 17-year-old Gavi, who also ended Thursday’s match with minor physical problems.

The Spaniards have everything to their advantage to keep their World Cup record, with the only question marks over their game being whether they will be able to turn possession into chances, and whether the Swedes will catch them at halftime.






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