Anyone who has been looking forward to Spain-Sweden might be curious about the most striking stats of the first game of this European Championship that ended in 0-0. This was mainly due to the Swedish wall, through which Spain only had difficulty. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen also played a major role in the scoreless draw, because he stopped everything. Check out the most striking stats below. All figures come from the official UEFA website.
Spain had 75% possession, Sweden only 25%.
This category is especially striking. Spain made nearly 1,000 passes (953 in total), 89 percent of which arrived. Sweden mainly rowed the ball forward and it shows in their numbers. Sweden only gave 178 passes in 90 minutes and only 58 percent of them arrived.
Anyone who thinks that Sweden only parked the bus and then did nothing more is wrong. According to UEFA figures, the Swedish players covered 113.5 kilometers together. That is almost 3 kilometers than all Spanish players put together (110.7 km).
Spain had a total of 17 chances, which were built up as follows: 5 shots on target, 8 over or over and 4 shots were blocked by a Swedish defender. Sweden had a total of 4 chances, but not a single shot was on target. 2 of the 4 shots were blocked just in time by a Spaniard.
It was not a dirty pot for the Swedes, as they only made 11 fouls in total against 7 from Spain. Only the time wasting was irritating, but that is not counted as ‘violation’. There was only 1 yellow card and it was for Sweden defender Lustig for… wasting time.
Tot slot: ‘clearances’
Whenever Spain became dangerous, Sweden intervened in time. The Scandinavian country successfully cleared the ball from a dangerous position no less than 27 times. 27 clearances So!