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Morocco 0-0 Spain (3-0 on pens): Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, World Cup 7 Dec 2022

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We were all expecting a gritty, technical battle from the clash between Morocco and Spain and in the end, that’s exactly what we got. Spain managed to maintain a great deal of possession but in the end, it was the boys from North Africa that managed to spring a remarkable upset to book their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

Today, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest talking points from the result.

Spain need to change

For all of their great possession and ability within their squad, Spain are actually quite boring to watch. It seems as if they used up all their positive energy in the clash with Costa Rica because since then, they’ve been pretty poor. They just don’t seem to be gelling as a cohesive unit and if they want to progress further, they need a plan B – and they also need to learn how to take a penalty.

Morocco’s home World Cup?

Even though the World Cup is being held in Qatar, it genuinely feels like a home game for Morocco whenever they play. They had a boisterous crowd behind them and with it being no secret that they want to host a FWC of their own, this really is a great advertisement. Without them, we’re not sure they could’ve pulled off what proved to be a monumental footballing upset.

A great triumph

The way in which Morocco won this game wasn’t unlike how they got through the groups. They had defensive resiliency on their side and whenever they managed to break, they genuinely caused the Spanish problems with a series of efforts from some of their attack-minded stars. Now, with a quarter-final against Portugal on the horizon, it’ll be fascinating to see how far this current momentum can take them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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