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News Article  | World Cup 2018

Spain Top Group B, Despite Dropping Points

2018 World Cup Report: Spain v Morocco 25 June 2018

By SL International - Jun 25, 2018 10:00 PM

2018 World Cup 

Result: Spain 2-2 Morocco

Date: 25 June 2018

Venue: Kaliningrad Stadium

Spain progressed to the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, despite drawing 2-2 with Morocco in their final Group B clash.

The African nation took a surprising lead after 14 minutes as Khalid Boutaib snatched the ball away from Sergio Ramos before calmly slotting past David de Gea.
 
Morocco's joy was short-lived, though, as Spain found the equaliser four minutes later as Andres Iniesta put the ball on the plate for Isco, who smashed home from close range.
 
Boutaib managed to carve out a chance in the 25th minute, racing clear of the Spain defence but this time he was smothered by De Gea in the box.
 
La Roja should have taken the lead on 37 minutes when David Silva's corner found an unmarked Sergio Busquets, who somehow headed over the crossbar.
 
That proved to be the final opening of the half as the sides went into the break level at 1-1.
 
Morocco nearly restored their lead 10 minutes into the second half as Nordin Amrabat's ferocious strike from distance rattled the underside of the crossbar with De Gea beaten all ends up.
 
Spain had a chance of their own in the 62nd minute when Isco saw his header cleared off the line by Siass.
 
With Spain chasing a winner, Fernando Hierro opted for a double change, with Iago Aspas and Marco Asensio replacing Diego Costa and Thiago Alcantara.
 
Morocco eventually restored their lead in the 81st minute with Youssef En-Nesyri sending a fine header past De Gea following a cross from Faycal Fajr.
 
Spain managed to level matters in the first minute of stoppage time thanks to a strike from Aspas that sealed a point that secures top spot in Group B.
 

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Mashia1950 Joined: 29 Aug 2017
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Mashia1950 Jun 26, 2018 12:15 PM
I think Morocco was denied some of the VAR reviews.
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vijjox Jun 26, 2018 07:43 AM
@blackmeteor indeed that wasn't a hand ball for Portugal
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fofos Jun 26, 2018 07:38 AM
One thing for Sure, Spain has no defense. Pique is a cow and is being helped grazing by De Gea.
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5b1fbbbf4007a Sthe4intermilan Joined: 23 Mar 2015 No badges available View Profile Sthe4intermilan Jun 25, 2018 10:56 PM VAR is not good for football ------------------------------ ------------------------------ -- Exactly what I was saying to myself
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 26, 2018 04:16 AM
@Sthe4intermilan various angle replay is perfect for this competition because it's shortest and most important so everything should be there Maradona played in favourable era where technology was poor they could get away with horrible tackles handball and play jokes over these incidence hand of God that is over now
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 26, 2018 02:23 AM
@Sthe4intermilan because it didn't favor the team you like.
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blackmeteor Jun 25, 2018 11:15 PM
@vijjox Unlucky for Portugal.............They have to play Uruguay
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vijjox Jun 25, 2018 10:58 PM
Lucky for Spain
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Sthe4intermilan Jun 25, 2018 10:56 PM
VAR is not good for football
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