Spanish boss Luis Enrique says his players lost ‘too many individual fights’ after being beaten in a World Cup qualifier for the first time in 28 years, with Sweden ending their 66-game unbeaten run
Spanish boss Luis Enrique said his side lost too many individual fights after being defeated in a World Cup qualifier for the first time since 1993.
Sweden came from behind to end Spain’s 66-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 win in Stockholm, thanks to golas from Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson.
Carlos Soler had given the hosts the lead in the fourth minute, but Isak almost equalized from the restart before Claesson scored the winner just before the hour.
Spanish boss Luis Enrique said his side lost too many individual battles after being defeated in a World Cup qualifier for the first time since 1993.
Sweden came from behind to end Spain’s 66-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 win in Stockholm
It was the first time in 28 years that Spain beat World Cup qualifiers and Enrique complained to his side for not winning their battles, especially in midfield
“We’ve lost too many duels and they’ve caused more transitions,” he said after the game, quoted by Diario AS.
“We tried to switch players and create more danger.
“It wasn’t a bad game, we had ambition and created a lot of chances, but we lost a lot of duels in midfield. And with the transitions, they did us a lot of damage.
It was the first time Spain have beaten World Cup qualifiers in 28 years after 52 wins and 14 draws
“At the moment, Sweden is at the top and we have to respond.”
The last team to beat Spain in World Cup qualifiers was Sweden’s Scandinavian rivals Denmark, beating them 1-0 in 1993.
In their unbeaten run, Spain took 52 wins and 14 draws.
Sweden’s win puts them at the top of their qualifying group with three wins from three matches.
Spain has played one more game and was also drawn by Greece in March.