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Swedish stroll takes Spain through

Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.49CET
Spain 3-0 Sweden Sergio Ramos, Joan Capdevila and Andrés Iniesta helped to seal a finals ticket for Luis Aragonés's team.
Swedish stroll takes Spain through
Andrés Iniesta takes on Fredrik Ljungberg ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainSweden

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
0
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners8
 
1
Fouls committed2
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.49CET

Swedish stroll takes Spain through

Spain 3-0 Sweden Sergio Ramos, Joan Capdevila and Andrés Iniesta helped to seal a finals ticket for Luis Aragonés's team.

Spain secured their berth at UEFA EURO 2008™ with an impressive 3-0 victory over Sweden in Madrid.

Comfortable win
A 65th-minute Sergio Ramos strike followed first-half goals from Joan Capdevila and Andrés Iniesta to put Spain top of Group F, two points above Sweden who need a point from their final game at home to Latvia to confirm qualification.

Early breakthrough
Spain made the early running at the Santiago Bernabéu but neither side had even a half-chance before the hosts took the lead through full-back Capdevila, who volleyed home in the 14th minute following a Xavi Hernández corner. David Villa almost doubled the advantage after half an hour when his low free-kick thudded against the post with Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson beaten.

Lead doubled
However, Spain did make it two in the 39th minute, when Iniesta latched on to a Capdevila lay-off before smashing a left-footed effort into the top corner. Zlatan Ibrahimović thought he had reduced the deficit for the visitors soon after, yet his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag. Luis Aragonés's team, who had lost the corresponding fixture 2-0 in Sweden, continued to dominate after the break and Xavi and Cesc Fabregas both shot narrowly over.

Home comforts
Real Madrid CF defender Ramos added the third on his home ground when he volleyed the ball in after Capdevila's attempt had been cleared off the line. Spain were now cruising and they had chances to enhance the scoreline in the closing stages before the final whistle sparked celebrations. Lars Lagerbäck's Sweden will join them in Austria and Switzerland next summer should they get the required result against Latvia on Wednesday.

Last updated: 18/11/07 12.30CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Sweden

Sweden

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
15
RamosSergio Ramos
Goal65
2
NilssonMikael Nilsson
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
Yellow Card88
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
4
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
Yellow Card76
14
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Goal14
5
EdmanErik Edman
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Goal39
Substitution52
7
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution79
18
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
6
AnderssonDaniel Andersson
Substitution46
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg (C)
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution66
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution52
11
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution60

Substitutes

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
12
ShaabanRami Shaaban (GK)
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution66
13
ConchaMatias Concha
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
14
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution52
15
BakircioglüKennedy Bakircioglü
Substitution79
19
SennaMarcos Senna
16
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution46
10
GüizaDaniel Güiza
17
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Substitution60
23
TamudoRaúl Tamudo
Substitution52
18
PricaRade Prica

Coach

Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

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