The 2022 World Cup last-16 final will take place at the Education City Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, as Morocco take on Spain. La Rosa finished second in Group E to set up a tie with their African counterparts, who finished first in Group F after beating Croatia and Belgium. Morocco vs Spain FIFA World Cup.
Morocco vs Spain FIFA World Cup
With Belgium’s golden generation under-performing and 2018 runners-up Croatia struggling to find a consistent attacking spark, Morocco took full advantage to claim a surprising first place in Group F with seven points from nine on offer.
Even in their goalless draw with Croatia, credit largely went to Walid Regaragui’s men, who followed that point up with back-to-back wins over Belgium and Canada to become one of only two African teams in the last 16 at the World Cup – the other being Senegal.
Statistic of Morocco
During their three-match series with Canada, Hakim Ziyech took advantage of a mistake by Milan Borjan and chipped the Canucks goalie from distance in the fourth minute, and Nayef Aguirre’s own goal before Youssef N-Nessiri put the icing on the cake for the Canadians. A glimmer of hope.
However, the Atlas Lions held on for the three points that would have sent them into the knockout stages as group winners and the 2022 tournament will be the second time Morocco have made it this far. Having been eliminated in the last 16 in 1986.
Now riding the wave of an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions – during which they have conceded just two goals – Regargui’s men have become the first Moroccan side to reach the quarter-finals and they could also match continental history, as their four-match unbeaten run at the World Cup ended in 1982 among African nations. Between 1990 and 1990, all five of Cameroon’s could be defeated.
At a Glance Spain
Luis Enrique pulled no punches as his side failed to hold on to a one-goal lead against Japan on the final matchday in Group E. Where Alvaro Morata’s 11th-minute opener ultimately counted for little against Hajime Moriyasu and his perennial Super Subs. .
Unai Simon palmed away a long-range effort from Ritsu Don as Japan equalized three minutes after the restart. And just three minutes later. Ao Tanaka scored the winner after Kaoru Mitoma just managed to keep the ball in play.
There was much debate over whether Mitoma prevented the ball from going over the full line. But the scoreline in the top left-hand corner was the only statistic that mattered. As Spain dropped to second in Group E, besting only Germany on goal difference.
If La Rosa finishes first in the division, they will face Croatia in the last 16. So finishing runners-up may be seen as a blessing in disguise by some. But Enrique is under no illusions about how difficult Tuesday’s match will be.
Prediction Morocco vs Spain FIFA World Cup
Spain crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the last 16. But have never trailed at this point in the competition. And their nine goals in the group stage were joint-highest with England.
Morocco and Spain will lock horns at the World Cup four years after they met in the group stage in Russia. With La Rosa indebted to a late Iago Aspas equalizer for a 2-2 draw. And it should be a similarly close contest. Menu at Education City Stadium.