Spain beat Sweden in the World Cup qualifier. It was a close call after a match at Estadio La Cartuja. Juventus star Alvaro Morato scored the goal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic couldn’t resist making a joke at Spain after Sweden suffered a late defeat away.
After a dramatic finale at the Estadio La Cartuja Sevilla, the Spanish have qualified to the World Cup in Qatar next year.
Alvaro Morata from Juventus was the man who scored the winning goal in the final minute of a match that had been intense throughout the 90-minutes.
Robin Olsen, Swedish goalkeeper, denied Dani Olmo his shot. Former Chelsea star Morata however was there to take the ball in after 86 minutes.
Spain only needed one point to qualify for Group B. This was enough to award them a place at the next World Cup.
Sweden on the other side needed to win to surpass their opponents. They never managed to score a goal.
However, Ibrahimovic insisted that his side had better chances and were more deserving of victory than Luis Enrique’s side in a sly dig at La Rosa.
He said: “We played a good game, a very good game. They made a goal mistake and got a rebound and scored.
“Otherwise it was a good performance overall, we had good chances, better chances than Spain had.”
Spain had started the brighter of the two sides when Pablo Sarabia’s brilliant effort came close to flying in after just moments into the match.
Sweden came back and Emil Forsberg was able to draw blood, but he narrowly missed the goal.
Alexander Isak, a sought-after striker was the one who had the best chance.
Spain has qualified for the 12th consecutive World Cup. They join France, Belgium and Germany in the tournament.
On Sunday night, drama unfolded in Group A as Serbia hosted Portugal in a crucial match for both sides.
Fernando Santos’ men went into the match heavy favourites and went a goal ahead through Renato Sanches after just two minutes.
But Serbia grew back into the match and earned all three points after Dusan Tadic’s equaliser.
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in injury-time after coming on off the bench to see the Serbs top the group and book a spot at the World Cup at Portugal’s expense – who only needed to draw to qualify.
This means Cristiano Ronaldo will need to participate in the play-offs if he and his team want to make it to Qatar next winter.
After Spain’s victory over Sweden, it is possible that Ronaldo will meet Ibrahimovic in a European matchup.
In 2013, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner netted a hat-trick against the Scandinavians to reach the 2014 World Cup – with Ibrahimovic scoring twice in a thrilling 3-2 encounter.