Spain vs. Morocco - Football Match Report

Spain vs. Morocco - Football Match Report

Spain vs. Morocco - Football Match Report

Portugal qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite being held 1-1 by Iran in World Cup Group B on Monday after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.

Speaking to Spanish TV station Telecinco after the final whistle, Hierro - appointed to the job just days before the tournament began - said his team was not on the right path and needed to improve, especially in defence.

Depending on the Portugal result, a win or draw Monday would see Spain play either Russian Federation or Uruguay from Group A in the second round - their first World Cup knockout game since winning the final in Johannesburg eight years ago.

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Spain will play Russian Federation in the last 16.

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Morocco had failed to score in its opening two fixtures at Russian Federation 2018, despite two creditable performances, and had little to play for. The Moroccan striker finished off his effort by slotting it between David De Gea's legs to make it 1-0 for his side in the 14th minute.

Spain didn't have to wait long to get back into the match.

Isco celebrates his equalizer against Morocco. But Barcelona midfield maestro was responsible for Spain's first equaliser which came through Isco, who scored on a sublime assist from Iniesta.

La Roja continued to go about their attacking work undisturbed and a second goal should have arrived when Isco rose inside the area, leaving Romain Saiss to valiantly head clear off the line to prevent an almost-certain goal.

"I like the group, it was a level playing field, we weren't sure who was going to be first or second until the last minute and I have to admit we were lucky to finish first", he said.

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Spain looked to be in control, yet it was Morocco who went ahead with less than 10 minutes to go.

Morocco did score again when Youssef En-Nesyri towered over Ramos and headed past De Gea.

It wasn't to be for the African nation though as Iago Aspas scored an equaliser in injury-time. Initially the goal was waved off for offside, but VAR came to Spain's rescue.

"You could focus on what happened four years ago or eight years ago", he said.

"When you look at the facts in the Portugal game, it's totally unfair", Renard said. Sure, Spain's tiki-taka style shows no signs of going away, and on this night, chance creation wasn't an issue, though it was less effective as the match went on.

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But he proved his value to Spain in the second half - first denying Boutaib a second goal with a save at the near post and then punching away a risky ball in the 50th minute as Mbark Boussoufa tried to reach a cross. "But in our case it's been decisive and it's basically thrown us out of the tournament".

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