Sergio Ramos extended his scoring streak and helped Spain defeat Sweden 3-0 to remain leader of its qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship on Monday.

By Associated Press
June 10, 2019

MADRID (AP) – Sergio Ramos extended his scoring streak and helped Spain defeat Sweden 3-0 to remain leader of its qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship on Monday.

Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal also scored at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Spain a comfortable five-point lead over second-placed Sweden after four matches in Group F.

Ramos reached 20 goals with the national team, with seven coming since last year's World Cup. He is the national team's top scorer under coach Luis Enrique, who again was absent for personal reasons.

The result at the Bernabeu extended Spain's winning streak to five matches, and ended Sweden's seven-game unbeaten run.

Ramos converted a 64th-minute penalty kick after a handball by Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson following a cross by Spanish forward Marco Asensio.

Ramos also opened the scoring in Spain's 4-1 win at the Faroe Islands last week, when the central defender became the player with the most wins with a national team, surpassing the record of 121 previously held by fellow Spaniard Iker Casillas.

Monday marked Ramos' 165th appearance with the national team - two fewer than another Casillas record.

Spain scored another penalty in the 85th after Morata was brought down by Filip Helander inside the area. Ramos handed the ball to Morata, who calmly converted from the spot.

Substitute Oyarzabal closed the scoring with a shot from inside the area in the 87th for his first international goal.

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

Rodrigo had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, and Francisco ''Isco'' Alarcon came close with an uncontested shot from inside the area that just missed early in the second half.

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

For the third straight game, Luis Enrique was absent and the team was led by assistant coach Robert Moreno.

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

There is no timetable for the coach's return. Local media reports said his absence is due to a problem with a family member.

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

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