Spain break THREE Euro records in goalless draw with Sweden as passing dominance is revealed despite flop opener

SPAIN broke THREE records in their Euro 2020 opener but were still held to a goalless draw against Sweden.

Luis Enrique's side completely dominated the ball in their first game in Group E but missed a number of key chances in the 0-0 stalemate.

However, Spain toppled some of their own records against the Swedes, who were content to let their opponents have their trademark possession.

At the end of 90 minutes, La Roja boasted a staggering 85 per cent possession – the most since Opta first recorded the data back in 1980.

Spain also set a new benchmark with their 419 completed passes in the first half, the highest figure in Euros history for the opening 45 minutes.


In contrast, Sweden managed just 38 passes in first part of the clash, the fewest by any team at the Euros.

By the full-time whistle, Spain ended up finishing with a record total of 917 passes, according to Goal.

That meant the three-time continental winners broke their own Euros personal best, which was coincidentally set nine years ago to the day.

Back in 2012, Spain completed 859 passes in a 4-0 win over Ireland, with Barcelona icon Xavi responsible for 136 of them.

One of the main reasons Alvaro Morata and Co could never get the breakthrough was the performance of Sweden ace Victor Lindelof.

The 26-year-old scooped the man-of-the-match award after his country's impressive defensive display secured a point against Spain.

He was up against Manchester United defensive target Pau Torres, who has been tipped to replace Lindelof in the Red Devils' starting XI next season.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and has a £55million release clause in his contract.

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