Spain assistant Moreno insists Euro 2020 qualifying win over Sweden went to plan
Assistant coach Robert Moreno said Spain’s performance had gone to plan as their flawless Euro 2020 qualifying campaign continued with a 3-0 win over Sweden. Spain struggled to get past Sweden and had to wait until the 64th minute to break the deadlock before two penalties – from Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata – helped them to secure all three points. Mikel Oyarzabal’s 87th-minute strike then sealed victory for Spain in Madrid as they recorded a maximum 12 points from four matches to remain five clear of Sweden and Romania at the top of Group F. Speaking after the match, Moreno told a press conference reported by as.com: “Things have gone as we want. “With two penalties we put the game on track, and then came Oyarzabal’s goal which made us happy.” On the decision to play Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of David De Gea, he said: “We have three great goalkeepers. “Kepa came from a very positive situation with the final of the Europa League and we wanted to take advantage of it. Nothing else.” Moreno said he wanted this match to be the last time he took charge of the team, and expressed hope boss Luis Enrique would return in time for September’s matches. Goalscorer Ramos told uefa.com: “We are thrilled with this result. We had to put in a huge effort against a rival which closed up tightly. “This is a small but important step towards qualifying. I’m delighted that we also kept a clean sheet.” On giving Morata the second penalty he said: “I offered Morata the penalty because strikers live for goals and I wanted our finisher to discover his enjoyment and his touch again.” While Swedish defender Pontus Jansson said he was looking forward to the return leg on October 15. He told uefa.com: “We are very strong at home, we beat big teams there. “We will look forward to the return match.” Topics Spain, Sweden, Álvaro Morata, Group F, Pontus Jansson, Sergio Ramos, Spain, Sweden, UEFA European Championship Qualifying Two penalties help Spain take all three points against Sweden Spain striker Alvaro Morata targeting swift Euro 2020 qualification Alvaro Morata double helps much-changed Spain ease past Malta Alvaro Morata dedicates Spain win to coach Luis Enrique Adaptation is key, Deschamps insists as he aims to keep France fresh Mick McCarthy takes positives from Republic of Ireland’s win against Gibraltar England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford: I’ve grown following off-field drama Gareth Southgate urges England to keep raising their standards Two penalties help Spain take all three points against Sweden Juventus put five players up for sale as Paul Pogba agrees to Turin return 9 bold transfer predictions that will DEFINITELY happen this summer Real Madrid set to complete another signing after international window The rise and fall of Kieran Trippier – and an international career that’s probably over Quiz! Can you name all 33 England players to take a shootout penalty in a competitive tournament?