MADRID (AP) - Sergio Ramos has extended his scoring streak and helped Spain defeat Sweden 3-0 to remain leader of their qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship.
Substitutes 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. Romania are also five points back.
"It's a great result in a difficult match against a tough opponent," Ramos said. "We've taken an important step toward making it to the European Championship."
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 a 4-1 win at the Faeroe 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.
********Spain's Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring the opening goal with a penalty during the Euro 2020 Group F qualifying soccer match between Spain and Sweden at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, June 10, 2019.