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David Villa, Fernando Torres and Raul must have been sat at home screaming at their TVs in frustration as Spain failed to make their dominance pay in a hugely disappointing 0-0 draw with Sweden in their Euros opener.

In many ways, this was a performance reminiscent of the great La Roja teams of a decade or so ago.

They passed their opponents into submission in the first half, with a sensational 90% possession in the first ten minutes and a tiki-taka style which brought back memories of that magical side from 2008-12.

In fact, the 419 passes they made in the first period was a European Championship record for a single half of football.

Alvaro Morata was guilty of missing a sitter
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Yet crucially Luis Enrique's outfit glaringly lack the missing piece of the puzzle – a clinical, ruthless striker who could have finished one of the many chances they created against an ultra-defensive Sweden team.

Despite a bright start in the scorching heat of a 29 degrees Seville evening, Spain simply ran out of steam, and will massively rue the squandered early opportunities that would have completely changed the game.

Alvaro Morata was, unsurprisingly, the biggest culprit.

The 28-year-old went pure Morata when he missed an absolute sitter on 39 minutes, and was also guilty of squandering another good opportunity early in the second half when he dragged a shot wide.

And he quickly began to wear a world-weary expression which did not exactly inspire confidence from those in red.

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The former Chelsea man has scored just one goal in 384 minutes for Spain in 2021, which, for a team of this quality, is nowhere near good enough.

Cesc Fabregas described his former Blues teammate at half-time on BBC as a player who needs to feel the love to get the best out of himself.

But you can't blame La Roja fans for losing patience, and they did not exactly give Morata the warmest round of applause when he was substituted with 25 minutes to go.

More than a few must have been left wondering why a man who scored 23 La Liga goals this season in Villarreal's Gerard Moreno was sat on the bench kicking his heels until the 74th minute, and he surely has to be in contention to start against Poland on Saturday after a bright 20 minutes or so.

It was a hugely frustrating night for those wearing red
(Image: Pierre Philippe Marcou/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

In Spain's defence, they would not be the only team to struggle to break down a stubborn, resilient Sweden.

The fact that the Scandinavians' right-back Mikael Lustig received a yellow card for time-wasting in the 54th minute gives you an idea of their tactics throughout.

But the one Sweden player who Spain could have done with was forward Alexander Isak who, ironically, plies his trade in La Liga with Real Sociedad.

He was a real handful for Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres until he was withdrawn on 68 minutes, and was by far his country's most potent attacking threat.

Spain should still feel fairly confident of qualifying from Group E, and it would be no surprise to see the floodgates opening if they get an early goal against Poland.

Yet unless they can find that clinical edge quickly, you would find it very difficult to make an argument for them progressing to the latter stages of the tournament.

How they could do with one of their former legendary strikers.