UEFA Group B in the World Cup qualifiers continues to deliver after both Sweden and Greece secured victories on Saturday to put pressure on the leader Spain with only three match days left.
Third place Greece just kept their World Cup dream alive on September 8 with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden in second place in Athens and Ethniki again relied on late drama — a 90-minute penalty and a 95-minute assurance goal — to defeat the already-eliminated Georgia in Batumi.
Sweden facilitated the work with the group’s second whipping boy and defeated Kosovo 3-0 at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Emil Forsberg converted a penalty in the 29th minute, and then Alexander Isak made a world champion in the 62nd.
Alexander Isak Goal Vs Kosovo (Goal @ 7:45, but also insane dribbling @ 7:15)
If we can not get Erling Haaland. Alexander Isak is my second choice. This guy is crazy pic.twitter.com/fABtU32WXP
The 22-year-old Real Sociedad forward has reached the point in his development where he is always worth setting up to watch.
⏪ Do you remember this dribble from EURO 2020?
– UEFA Nations League (@ EURO2024) September 21, 2021
Spain – who play in Sunday’s Nations League final against France – have still played one match more than both Sweden and Greece. That match will be played on Tuesday with Sweden now welcoming Greece to Stockholm.
If Sweden wins, Blue-yellow go two points ahead of Spain. If Greece wins, they draw equal to Sweden on 12 points (one back in Spain).
The penultimate match day (November 11) has Sweden traveling to Georgia while Greece hosts Spain in Athens. Greece play Kosovo on the last day of the match while Spain welcomes Sweden to Sevilla in a match that will probably decide who earns automatic qualifiers for Qatar and who must navigate the playoffs.
In addition, Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be available for election then.