'Absolutely criminal': Euro 2020 'gaffe' leaves fans gobsmacked

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Sweden's Marcus Berg (pictured left) skying a shot against Spain to leave the game at 0-0.
Sweden's Marcus Berg (pictured left) missed a sitter against Spain to leave the game at 0-0 at the Euro 2020 tournament. (Images: Optus Sport/Getty Images)

The football world has looked on in disbelief after Swedish veteran Marcus Berg pulled off the miss of the tournament in his team's draw with Spain.

Spain dominated possession and appeared the most likely for most of the Group E match but couldn't capitalise on any of their scoring opportunities at La Cartuja Stadium.

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Sweden looked dangerous only on rare occasions against the three-time European champions.

While Spain held more than 70 per cent of possession and missed numerous opportunities of their own, the Swedish were left in disbelief after Berg's miss.

After some brilliant work from young star Alexander Isak, who was the shining light of the game, the ball was squared to Berg who was open at the back post.

But Berg snapped at the ball - with an open goal beckoning - after a tiny bobble and the ball went sky bound.

Fans couldn't help but express their disbelief at the miss.

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Sweden celebrate bizarre draw with Spain

But when the full-time whistle came, Sweden revelled in ruining Spain's party, keeper Olsen punching the air and the grins of their numerous travelling supporters contrasting with the emotions of their hosts.

This was a deeply frustrating start to the tournament for Spain, who broke a competition record for the most passes in the first half while ending the game with 85 per cent possession and 917 passes, according to Opta.

Spain's matches at Euro 2020 are being played in Seville instead of Bilbao - the original host city for Spain - because the high contagion rate of the virus in the northern city wouldn't allow for many fans to attend games.

A limited crowd of 12,517 attended Monday's match on a sweltering evening.

Spain's next game is on Saturday against Poland, who lost 2-1 to Slovakia in their group opener.

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