09/03/2021 at 10:05 CEST
Luis Enrique’s Spain could not defeat Sweden (2-1) and direct access to the Qatar 2022 World Cup is complicated. Bitter defeat prevents them from depending on themselves: they will have to win all the games from here until the end of the group stage, including the last date precisely against the Scandinavians, and wait for them to fail at some point against Greece, Kosovo or Georgia.
The national team, which deserved more than just defeat, He has gotten into a major mess to be in the World Cup event. Except for a capital surprise, he does have the option of playing the new play-off as second in the group, where it would coincide with the other 10 second group teams and the two best-performing teams in the UEFA Nations League.
Spain should play the semifinals and the final in a single match if it wants to be in Qatar 2022. The first tie could be played at home, provided that the draw benefits him and he plays a rival with a worse performance in the group stage. The final, however, will be a pure draw: of the 12 teams, only three will remain, which will win the World Cup ticket.
The Scandinavians, a rocky team
Janne Anderson’s men again showed that the great performance in the Eurocup was not the result of chance. Only Ukraine, with a goal in the last minute of extra time, prevented them from being among the top eight teams. With important figures such as Isak, Kulusevski, Forsberg, Lindelöf or Helander, the Scandinavians have everything to face to be in the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
Sweden beat Spain, something that had not happened since 2006. For the third time in its history, the Scandinavians defeated the national team as they did in the 1950 World Cup and in qualifying for the 2008 European Championship.