In the World Cup match on December 6, the Moroccan team will play against Spain. What to expect from this battle?
For 36 long years, Moroccan fans have been waiting for their team to reach the playoffs of the World Cup. Thanks to a good result in Group F, where the team took first place, Walid Regragae’s charges have not lost in four consecutive World Cup games. The African coach urged his players to “strive for the sky” and dream of lifting the famous trophy, and why not?
In addition, today’s nominal hosts could become the first African country since Cameroon in 1990 to go five consecutive games without defeat in the World Cup finals. In the group stage, the Moroccans scored two wins over Belgium (2-0) and Canada (2-1), while conceding just one goal – a record at the Qatar group stage. Reliable defense was the main reason for the result, while the Athlian Lions could score their sixth shutout in their last seven games.
Hakim and Ziyech, who has a knee injury, will not be able to play today.
Spain has scored the first goal in the first 15 minutes of three of their last four games, which presents Morocco with the difficult task of containing their opponent’s initial onslaught. “La Roja” will be looking to break through the impassable stage of the 1/8 finals, from which the Orange and Red have not made it further since 2010 – that’s when the Red Fury managed to get the only World Cup crown.
Nevertheless, the seventh team in the FIFA rankings has never lost in their last three matches, and the Spaniards have never conceded in their previous five games against African teams. By the way, the only defeat against the representatives of the “black continent” Spain suffered in 1998 – in that memorable game the current coach Luis Enrique was on the field.
In this match, we do not see how Morocco can hold off the onslaught of one of the best teams in Europe. Most likely, due to the class and experience of the performers, the Spaniards will be able to take control of the game and achieve confident success, and even in regulation time.