Ramos nets again, Spain tops Sweden

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring a penalty against Sweden

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring a penalty against Sweden

Spain made it four wins out of four and took control of their Euro 2020 qualifying group by beating closest rivals Sweden 3-0 on Monday after overpowering the visitors in the second half with two penalties and a late strike from Mikel Oyarzabal.

Sergio Ramos opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 64th minute and then Alvaro Morata doubled it late with another penalty kick goal in the 85th minute.

Ramos reached 20 goals with the national team, with seven coming since last year's World Cup.

Against an organised Swedish defence, Spain had to wait until the 64th minute to break the deadlock, with captain Sergio Ramos scoring from the spot to put his side ahead.

The win took Spain to 12 points at the top of Group F after four games.

Luis Enrique is still absent because of a family matter but the national team keeps on rolling. 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).

Meanwhile, in terms of the all-time appearance standings, Ramos is Spain's second-most capped player with 165 caps to his name, with Casilla the only player now lying above him (167).

But Spain eventually found a way past Olsen via Ramos' penalty, before Morata netted the game's second spot-kick and Oyarzabal wrapped up the routine win.

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Morata - Asensio's replacement - followed Ramos' example five minutes from time, converting after being felled by Mikael Lustig's clumsy lunge.

Spain controlled the match at the Bernabeu, creating most of the significant scoring chances.

In the early stages of the second half, Isco met an outswinging corner with a stunning volley that whistled just over the bar.

Sweden lost forward Viktor Claesson because of an injury in the first half.

Moreno confirmed on Sunday he has been in constant contact with Luis Enrique and Ramos has insisted the situation is not affecting the players.

Luis Enrique has been working remotely from his home in Barcelona, receiving video feeds of practices and meeting his assistants virtually.

Qualifying will resume in September, with Spain playing at Romania, and Sweden visiting the Faeroe Islands.

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