Three seconds and a few cents. So much, on average, the footballers of Spain held the ball between their feet, who achieved record possession (at least since 1980) in a 0-0 European match yesterday against Sweden.
Uefa has calculated 954 passes for the Spaniards (most of them at medium range, 852 completed) in the 49 minutes and one second in which they had control of the game, against 176 of the opponents, for 75% of ball possession. According to Opta, the record percentage is even higher (85%).
This domination of the game, however, has produced a result that is worth a half misstep for coach Luis Enrique: his national team has not scored in two of the last three games (it also happened in the draw in a friendly against Portugal), as many as in the previous ones. 51.