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International Recap: Sweden draw with Spain

Jansson an unused sub in opening group stage fixture

15 June 2021

Pontus Jansson remained an unused substitute during Sweden's 0-0 draw with Spain in Seville last night.

Both sides had chances to win the game but had to settle for a point each in their opening match of Euro 2020. Striker Alexander Isak went closest for Sweden, hitting the post via a deflected shot in the opening 45 minutes. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen also pulled off some fine saves as Spain were held to their first goalless draw in a European Championship Group Stage since 1980.

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Earlier in the day, Slovakia shocked Poland with a 2-1 win as their opponents were reduced to 10 men in the second half. That leaves Sweden third in the table with two matches to play in Group E.

After tonight's Group F fixtures, featuring World Champions France, the opening round of the tournament will be complete. The first stage also saw Bees players in action for Turkey, Denmark and Finland.

Turkey (Halil Dervisoglu) play their second Group A match against Wales tomorrow, Weds 16 June, while Finland (Marcus Forss) take on Russia in Group B on the same day. Denmark (Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard) face Belgium on Thursday evening. Sweden's next match is on Saturday 19 June against Slovakia.

Elsewhere, Saman Ghoddos is in action this evening as his Iran side play a must-win fixture against Iraq at 5.30pm.

Iraq are on 17 points, just two ahead of Iran, in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Top spot will secure a place in the final round, while results in other groups could also see the runners-up progress. Bahrain are three points behind Iran but would also need to beat Hong Kong by an incredible scoreline to snatch second place should Iran lose.


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