Spain’s national team managed to become group B champion B World Cup 2018 after a 2-2 draw against Morocco in Kaliningrad Stadium.
Spain tops Group B with a score of five points, as well as Portugal. But Spain superior goal productivity compared to Portugal.
Morocco made a surprise first when they went ahead in the 14th minute through Khalid Boutaib. The 13th-backed striker scored a goal utilizing Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos errors in the middle of the field.
Boutaib was able to break away and face one on one with David de Gea. Boutaib coldly sent the ball through De Gea’s foot cleft.
After conceding, Spain appear aggressive and able to score a reply in the 19th minute. Iniesta’s action in the Moroccan defense ended with a mature bait towards Isco. Isco had trouble scoring with a hard kick from close range.
After a 1-1 draw in the first half, Morocco and Spain continued to demonstrate an open game in the second half. In the 55th minute, Nourdin Amrabat fired hard from outside the penalty box. De Gea is dead step but the ball hit the pole.
Spain returned the threat in the 62nd minute. Isco was able to head the ball towards the far post utilizing bait Daniel Carvajal. Morocco goalkeeper, Munir has not responded but Romain Saiss successfully throw the ball with a header.
Spain continued to dominate possession until the 70th minute. La Furia Roja gets 69 percent of the ball possession. But from the statistics that exist, the shots of Spanish players more often deviated from the target.
In a stressful situation, Morocco was actually able to re-excel in the 81st minute. Faycal Fajr’s corner was successfully headed by Youssef En-Nesyri. The ball slid rapidly into the left corner of the goal and De Gea could not do anything to dispel the ball.
In the 89th minute, Iago Aspas managed to score a beautiful goal through the heel but referee Ravshan Irmatov had not validate the goal. But through the help of VAR, the goal was finally ratified. Score changed to 2-2.
The score lasted until the end of the game. Spain is also entitled to the status of group champions and will face the host Russia in the round of 16 large.
Composition of Players
David de Gea; Daniel Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara; David Silva, Isco, Andres Iniesta; Diego Costa
Munir; Nabil Dirar, Manuel da Costa, Roman Saiss, Achraf Hakimi; Karim El Ahmadi, Mbark Boussoufa; Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Judge Ziyech; Khalid Boutaib