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Spain and its duels with Morocco

Hakim Ziyech during the Morocco-Belgium of the Qatar World Cup – Bruno Fahy/BELGIAN/dpa

The Spanish team will play this Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) at the Education City Stadium the pass to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar against Morocco, one of the revelations of the World Cup event and which already caused many problems the last time they met the faces to a ‘Red’ that has never won.

The triple European champion already knows that she will have a difficult duel and the last time she faced ‘Los Leones del Atlas’ she suffered the unspeakable. It was at the close of the group stage of the last World Cup in Russia and only a goal from Iago Aspas in the 91st minute saved a 2-2 draw against an opponent who had nothing at stake.

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That night, the ‘Red’ showed some nerves that she did not need because she had everything in her hands and showed a bad face against a Morocco that threw momentum, sometimes excessive, defensive order and good use of their chances to create unexpected restlessness which did not close until injury time.

After minute 90, Spain fell 1-2 and found a saving heel from Iago Aspas, initially annulled and later awarded by the VAR, which ended a duel full of ups and downs in which he never found his best football, lacking speed in almost everything. moment.

Furthermore, a misunderstanding between Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos was not wasted by Boutaib to run alone towards David de Gea’s goal and beat the man from Madrid. Ten minutes after the 0-1 draw, the Moroccan striker was once again left alone in a one-on-one, but the United goalkeeper avoided a greater evil, although the score was already 1-1 after Isco’s goal.

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The second part did not bring excessive good news. Spain maintained control, but, slower in their game, they failed to generate chances against the team that Herve Renard was coaching at the time. Nordine Amrabat sent a shot to the crosshead and despite the Spanish chances, En-Nesyri made it 1-2, rising above Ramos. In an isolated play on a corner kick, Aspas took the genius out of him to tie.

Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets survive from that meeting, for the Spanish side, and Romain Saiss, Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyec, for the Moroccan, although Youssef En-Nesyri also played and Cesar Azpilicueta was on the respective benches. , Marco Asensio, Koke Resurrection, Yassine Bono and Sofyan Amrabat.

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That match ended 58 years without the two teams seeing each other’s faces. They have only done so on two other occasions, in the continental playoffs to qualify for the 1962 World Cup in Chile. Then, in November 1961, Spain prevailed in both matches, 0-1 in a match in Casablanca that saw Ferenc Puskas’s debut with La Roja and with a goal from Luis del Sol, and 3-2 in the Santiago Bernabeu with goals from Marcelino, Di Stefano and Collar, and from Riahi and Ben Barek for the visitors.

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