Match Today: Spain vs Morocco 06-12-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
Spain faces Morocco at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan in the round of 16 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Morocco has qualified for the knockout rounds for the second time in their country's history and the first since Italy 1986. The victory would result in the most successful World Cup ever as the Atlas Lions have not gone beyond this stage of the tournament. Before. They will have a tough test in the form of Spain, which is one of the favorites for the tournament. Spain reached the round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six World Cups, although they had not reached the quarter-finals since being crowned champions in South Africa 2010. The Spain national football team was eliminated from the previous edition of the tournament by the host nation in 2018 when they lost to Russia penalty shootout in Moscow.
Spain vs Morocco
While Spain finished second in Group E with one win, one draw and one defeat in a very strange group overall. The Spaniards lost to Japan in the last round, 2-1, after taking an early lead to miss the top of the group. However, it appears to have worked in Spain's favour, as they will now avoid a potential showdown with Brazil in the quarter-finals and Argentina in the semi-finals. Spain flashes this tournament showed why they are the legitimate contenders to lift the trophy, namely their 7-0 win over Costa Rica in the opening round. Since then, performances by Luis Enrique's men have been mixed. They drew 1-1 with Germany in what was a very close match all around and then surprisingly lost to Japan. There are no injury concerns in Spain's squad for this round of 16 matches. It is likely that we will see Luis Enrique make some changes to the starting line-up against Japan as he made five changes for that match. Expect the return of Jordi Alba and Dani Carvajal in the starting eleven, as well as Ferran Torres on the right wing. It will be interesting to see if Enrique starts with Alvaro Morata, who has scored in every match in the group stage despite appearing as a substitute in two of the three matches.
Morocco vs Spain
On the other hand, Morocco has been one of the most impressive teams in the tournament so far after topping a tough Group F with wins over Canada and Belgium as well as a draw with Croatia. The defense has led the way for the Atlas Lions in this competition as they have kept a clean sheet and conceded just one goal so far. This is a talented group of players with a number of 11 starting line-ups all of whom play in some of the top leagues in Europe. Coach Walid Regragui will certainly feel that his team can pull off another upset because they are used to playing underdogs in this tournament. Walid Regragui will also be able to call up his full Moroccan squad to face Spain. It would be surprising to see so many changes in the starting 11 as the manager has kept things relatively consistent with his squad sheet for this competition. Salim Omallah could keep his place in midfield after starting the first two matches but came off the bench for Abdelhamid Al-Sabiry in the final against Canada. Spain scored in 24 consecutive matches in this match. Morocco scored in seven out of nine matches. Spain is the tournament's top scorer with nine goals. Spain have managed just one clean sheet in their last four matches. The last meeting between these two countries resulted in four goals in a 2-2 draw in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.