Leeds United's Diego Llorente handed watching brief as Sweden frustrate Spain in Euros opener

Diego Llorente watched on from the bench as Spain were held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden on Monday night.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 10:00 pm
Updated Monday, 14th June 2021, 10:04 pm
Leeds United defender Diego Llorente in action for Spain. Pic: Getty
Leeds United defender Diego Llorente in action for Spain. Pic: Getty

Luis Enrique's men were frustrated in Sevilla during the Group E opener for both sides.

Spain endured a torrid build up to their first Euros outing after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 before later being joined by Whites defender Llorente.

The whole squad had already been put into quarantine during the pre-tournament training camp and were told to train in isolation in a bid to curb a potential breakout among players and staff.

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Leeds centre-back Llorente, though, was tested a further three times after his first result and all tests later came back negative meaning he was given the all clear after three days of believing his European Championships dream was over.

The 27-year-old was then allowed to rejoin his nation's preparations for the tournament which takes place across 11 cities over the next month.

Spain's interruptions were felt on Monday night as they failed to find a way through a stern Swedish back line.

The hosts amassed 85 per cent possession and 19 attempts on goal but were forced to settle for a point much to Enrique's annoyance.

After an topsy-turvy week, Llorente was named as a substitute for the game and remained in post throughout the night for his country.

Spain now face Poland on Saturday while Sweden take on Slovakia this Friday.