Spain lose first World Cup qualifier in 28 years

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Viktor Claesson’s goal helped Sweden keep up their 100% record in World Cup qualifying

Spain suffered their first World Cup qualifying defeat since 1993 as Sweden came from behind to end La Roja’s 66-game run.

Carlos Soler volleyed Luis Enrique’s Spain into an early lead in Stockholm on his international debut.

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But just 12 seconds after play resumed Alexander Isak took advantage of a defensive mistake to slam home.

Viktor Claesson controlled Dejan Kulusevski’s pass before firing in a famous winner from 12 yards out.

The previous team to beat Spain in a World Cup qualifier were Sweden’s neighbours, Denmark, in March 1993 in Copenhagen.

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Since then Spain had won 52 World Cup qualifiers and drawn the other 14.

The win takes Sweden top of Group B on nine points from three games.

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Spain have seven points from four games and could be facing a play-off for a place at the 2022 World Cup with only the group winners qualifying automatically.

Source: BBC

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