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Morocco Chase Upset Over Spain

Morocco will face Spain in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match on Tuesday, kickoff is at 15h00 GMT.

The match is scheduled to be played at Education City Stadium in Ar Rayyan, Qatar.

Morocco advanced to this round after finishing top of Group F standings ahead of runners-up Croatia.

As a result, the Lions of Atlas are back in the Round of 16 for the first time in 38 years, having last reached the knockout stages of the World Cup in 1986.

Morocco kicked off their World Cup campaign with a goalless stalemate against 2018 finalist Croatia and then beat Belgium 2-0 before winning 2-1 against Canada.

Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi are the Atlas Lions’ experienced players and they will look to help their team overcome a highly-ranked Spain.

The Atlas Lions coach Walid Regragui seems confident that his charges will cause an upset in the tournament and reach the last four.

“We don’t have anything to lose,” Regragui told FIFA website.“We will come out swinging, with a winning attitude, to hoist the Moroccan flag high. We want to make all Arabs and Africans happy and we want their prayers and support to give us that extra ingredient.

“Before it was just Moroccans, now we will add the Arabs and Africans with their support and prayers. There will be millions of people watching. We don’t want any regrets, we want to give the best of ourselves.

Meanwhile, Spain reached the knockout stages as Group E runners-up but they remain one of the favorites despite finishing behind Japan.

Spain coach Luis Enrique will be eager to lead his side to an important victory over an unfancied Moroccan side.

“What I focus on is controlling what I have to control as a coach, and that my team plays a certain way, and to motivate the players,” the Spain coach said.

“The result will come one or another. It’s not that football is a fair sport, but when you do better than your opponent, normally you win football matches,” he added.

“I am convinced that we will play better than Morocco and that we will be able to achieve the result we want.”

This will be the fourth meeting between Morocco and Spain with the most recent was 25 June 2015 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where the match ended in 2-2 draw.


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