πŸ† EURO 2020: Dormant Spain held by resilient Sweden in second Group E match
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πŸ† EURO 2020: Dormant Spain held by resilient Sweden in second Group E match

Spain displayed a dominant performance but failed to break down Sweden as they were forced to settle for a 0-0 score in their EURO 2020 opener on Monday night. 

The La Roja started the match as expected, dominating possession and knocking the ball around quite comfortably with their opponents pinned in their own half.

Despite their dominance, Spain had to wait until the 15th minute to get any real chance in front of goal when Koke spotted the run of Olmo into the Sweden penalty area and he picked him out with a pinpoint cross.

Olmo headed the ball down towards the bottom corner, but Olsen got down well to his left to make a smart save.

Spain returned again in the 23rd minute after Sweden failed to clear their lines and the ball fell kindly for Koke, who poked a shot towards the far corner. However, the ball drifted agonizingly wide of the far post.

The biggest chance of the half, and perhaps of the game fell to Alvaro Morata in the 38th minute after Danielsson failed to deal with Alba's pass and it allowed Morata in on goal.

The striker had time to pick his spot but he could only drill a low shot wide of the far post, much to the disbelief of Spain boss Luis Enrique.

On the other end, there was a big let-off for Spain as Sweden got a rare chance on goal, but Isak's effort bounced off the post and was comfortably collected by Simon in goal. 

Olsen was then called into action just before the break, and he did so brilliantly to keep out Olmo's low drive from distance.

The second half was a copy of the first, with Spain controlling the match from start to finish. 

There were, however, a few scary moments, with Sweden sitting deep and catching them on the counter. 

One such chance arose in the 61st minute after the Swedes launched a blistering counter with Isak starting the move, and was in place to receive the return ball before pulling the ball across for Berg who skewed it high and above. 

Sweden held on with Olsen, in particular, keeping them in the game time and again with spectacular saves. 

In the end, they held on for a valuable point ahead of their next match, against Slovakia on Friday. 

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