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Spain and Poland win EURO 2020 qualifiers

Spain and Poland win EURO 2020 qualifiers

Spain are now five points clear of Sweden at the top of Group F.

It proved to be a costly miss as Spain finally took the lead in the 64th minute, with Ramos making no mistake from the spot after a penalty was awarded following a handball by Sebastian Larsson for his seventh goal in his last eight for Spain.

Alvaro Morata won and converted a second penalty, before fellow substitute Mikel Oyarzabal rounded things off with a superb solo strike, to give Spain complete control over the group. The Real Madrid skipper was presented with a plaque by the Spanish Football Federation to commemorate the victories he's been involved in with La Roja after he clinched the record in the team's previous outing, against the Faroe Islands (122 wins).

Austria are third in Group G after West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic scored twice in a 4-0 win in North Macedonia, while group leaders Poland beat Israel 4-0 and fourth-placed Slovenia eased to a 5-0 win in Latvia.

Before the game, Ramos was presented with a commemorative plate after Friday's 4-1 win in the Faroe Islands saw him pass former team-mate Iker Casillas' record for most global wins by a player.

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David de Gea was dropped for Kepa Arrizabalaga but it was Sweden's stopper Robin Olsen who was the busier.

The first of a flurry of chances saw Fabian's shot palmed over by Robin Olsen, who then parried away a dipping volley from Parejo.

Spain thought they had taken the lead in the first half when striker Rodrigo converted a cross by Valencia teammate Dani Parejo from close range but the goal was wrongly ruled out for offside as video technology is not used in the qualifiers. VAR, not in use until the tournament's finals, would surely have intervened.

But they capitulated late on as Spain added two in the 85th and 87th minutes.

"It was a really nice touch, I didn't even ask him because he always wants to score", said Morata after Ramos gave him the ball for the second penalty.


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