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FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco into the quarter-finals beating Spain

The match is underway at the Educational City Stadium

Our Web Desk Published 06.12.22, 08:15 PM

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  • Morocco win match against Spain by 3-0, to make it to the quarter-finals.
  • After the end of extra time, match being goalless, rolls into penalties.
  • At the end of second half, scores being levelled at 0-0, both teams will go against each other in extra time.

Morocco and Spain were deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime in their World Cup last-16 clash on Tuesday as both sides struggled to create clearcut scoring chances, reports Reuters.


Spain enjoyed plenty of possession at a raucous Education City Stadium with Morocco content to sit back and absorb the pressure, waiting for their chance to counter-attack.

Marco Asensio had Spain's best chance midway through the half, running on to the ball on the left side of the area and firing into the side netting.

Morocco's best opportunity came near the end of the half when Nayef Aguerd headed over the bar from close range.

The winners will move on to the quarter-finals where they will face Portugal or Switzerland who play later on Tuesday.

Morocco will take on Spain in their Round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, at the Educational City Stadium on Tuesday. Both the teams were in good touch during the group stages as Morocco finished as the Group F toppers while Spain ended up in second place in Group E. Spain lost only one game against Japan while Morocco remained unbeaten in the group stage.

Shaky Spain keen to avoid Morocco pain

On paper, Spain could again be favourites to beat Morocco in the World Cup last-16 clash at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan on Tuesday. However, both teams would be aware of the unpredictability of the competition.

Spain, who humbled Costa Rica 7-0 in their opener, finished second in Group E behind Japan while Morocco defied the odds to win Group F ahead of Croatia and Belgium.

Morocco: Bounou, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss (c), Mazraoui, Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

Spain: Simon, Alba, Laporte, Rodri, Llorente, Pedri, Busquets (c), Gavi, Olmo, Asensio, Torres

Ronaldo's time to make some noise

By his standards, Cristiano Ronaldo has had a rather quiet tournament since becoming the first player to score a goal at five World Cups, when he converted that penalty in Portugal’s opener against Ghana.

In a tournament where Kylian Mbappe is dominating with his speedy moves and bulging the opposition net with pile-drivers, and Lionel Messi is making his presence felt with his assists and pinpoint accurate left-footers, Ronaldo has nothing much to show for except that successful penalty conversion.

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