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Friday, June 13, 2008

Spain vs Sweden Preview and Live Score: Euro 2008

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Spain vs Sweden Euro 2008 Match Live Updates

Spain is going to play against Sweden with the hope of confirming a place in the quarter final of Euro 2008 on 14 June at the Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck. The match is very important for both sides as both have won their first match in the tournament. Spain defeated Russia 4-1 convincingly thanks to a hat trick from David Villa in the match. Sweden, on the other hand, started with defeating the defending champion Greece y 2 goals. So, both Spain and Sweden are going to take on each in the back of confidence booster victory in the previous match.

Match: Spain vs Sweden, Group D Match

Date: 14 June 2008

Venue: Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck in Austria

The way Spain played in the first match, it seems that the Spanish side is now determined enough to win their first major football success since 1964, when Spain won their only major football title in Euro 1964. After 20 years, Spain again reached the final of Euro tournament, but had to satisfy with the runner up title. Spain is considered as one of the biggest underachievers of world football, as they always come as a favorite side in most of the major football tournaments, but could not live up to the expectation. Similarly, Spain is still one of the most favorite of Euro 2008, and after starting the tournament in style, media and football fans are raving about Spain. That is where Spanish coach Luis Aragones is aware of, letting the players feel no self-satisfaction following the triumph over Russia. Spain seems to be very cautious this time around as they do not want to lose any more chances in a major football tournament.

Sweden was impressive against defending champion Greece as they outplayed the Greeks in their opener. Knowing that a victory over Spain would hand them a place in the last eight, Sweden will also look to win the match, even though a draw would also satisfy Sweden. Sweden also lost its past glory over the last decade, as they were the semi finalist of Euro 1992 and third place winner of 1994 world cup. The best ever success of Sweden in football came in 1958 world cup as they finished runner up in the tournament. Now, they are also focused to get back some of their past glory in this level of competition. So, Spain can not expect the same challenge against Sweden that they experienced against Russia.

Spain vs Sweden: Head to Head

Spain and Sweden faced each other on six occasions so far, with Spain winning thrice, and Sweden winning twice. The other match ended up in a draw. The two sides met against each other last time in Euro 2008 qualifying round, in which Sweden won the first leg match 2-0, while Spain took the revenge in the return leg defeating Sweden 3-0. However, if you look back to the recent form of the two sides, Spain looks far more impressive than that of Sweden.

Spain won all of their last seven matches and the Spanish side will come into the match on the back of 17-match unbeaten streak. So, it is definitely a solid performance for any side in the world. On the other hand, Sweden’s recent form is not that much impressive as they could manage three wins against three defeats along with a draw in their last seven outings in all competitions. However, the main thing is that both the sides are going into the match with an inspirational victory in the tournament.

Spain vs Sweden: Spanish Coach Luis Aragones Considering the Same Team against Sweden

Following the formidable performance against Russia in their opening match, Coach Luis Aragones is now considering not to bring any change in the squad. However, reports out in the media that show that striker Fernando Torres and central midfielder Cesc Fabregas are unhappy with the team selection.

Torres was replaced after 54 minutes during the match against Russia, and Fabregas came in. That irritated the in-form striker Fernando Torres, and reports have it that he later refused to shake hands with coach Luis Aragones. However, Torres denied this report, but he admitted that he was angry that time. Last but not the least, there is also report out in the media that Fabregas is not satisfied being not to be able to make it to the starting line up. Coach prefers Xavi Hernandez to Fabregas for the role of an attacking midfielder. So, it has been reported that the relationship between Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez are not going well, but Fabregas turned it down saying that Xavi is a fantastic player to watch.

So, it seems that Spanish Coach Luis Aragones has got to deal with his relationship with the players and keeping the team united is very important for Spain at this stage of the tournament.

Spain vs Sweden: Sweden Facing Injury Problems

Sweden will not get the service of full back Niclas Alexandersson for the match against Spain as the defender confirmed that he would be fit after the match against Spain as his calf injury has been deteriorated recently, in stead of improving. However, there is a major injury blow for Sweden as their midfielder Christian Wilhemsson might miss the rest of the tournament after picking up a hamstring injury during his side’s 2-0 victory over Greece. Defender Fredrik Stoor is expected to replace Alexandersson in the match against Sweden. However, Coach Lars Lagerback has not confirmed anyone yet regarding the question that who is going to play in place of Wilhemsson, who plays in the right side of the Sweden midfield. The Coach is seriously considering about newcomer Sebastian Larsson and striker Johan Elmander to bring on in the right wing of Sweden against Spain.

Sweden coach is expected to stick to striker Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the match against Spain. Now, it would be interesting to see if Larsson and Ibrahimovic can make a successful partnership up front against Spain.

Spain vs Sweden: Online Live Score and Updates

If any of you can not enjoy the match live on television then you can visit the following online live score sites to get the online live score and updates of the Spain vs Sweden match:

Live Score

Goalzz

Euro 2008

Goal.com

football-data

Sky Sports

Live Score.cz

There is no doubt that Spain is favorite on pen and paper for this match. However, you know that upsets are very common to come by in this kind of major football competitions. So, it would not be fair to write off Sweden; rather I think, Sweden has all the qualities to put up a big challenge for Spain in the match.

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International Herald Tribune

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Canadian Press

Soccerway

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