World Cup 2022 LIVE: Spain vs Morocco latest score, goals and updates from last 16 – Spain frustrated as Morocco holding firm


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Morocco play Spain in the last 16 of the Qatar World Cup today, with the winners set to face Portugal or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

Spain finished second in their group despite thrashing Costa Rica and drawing with Germany, due to a shock loss to Japan on their last matchday of the first round.

Meanwhile, Morocco stunned Belgium and beat Canada after an opening draw with Croatia, topping their group to set up this tie with 2010 champions Spain.

Later today, Portugal take on Switzerland in the final last-16 game of Qatar 2022, with the victors from that match-up playing the winners of this game in the next round.

Follow all the action with our live blog below:


Morocco 0-0 Spain

63 mins: Spain’s free kick is whipped into the box and well defended by the African nation who then breakaway down the right side. Hakim Ziyech drives the ball forward before flicking it down the wing and winning a throw in.

Marco Asensio and Gavi are taken off with Alvaro Morata and Carlos Soler brought on for Spain. Jordi Alba has picked up a knock too but for now will play on.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:20


Morocco 0-0 Spain

60 mins: The noise inside the stadium has been loud all game. The Moroccan fans are giving it their all and cheer every little victory for their side. There’s whistles and drums making it an intense atmosphere.

Gavi is bungled over by Nayef Aguerd and both sets of players kick off with each other again. Morocco think Spain are buying fouls, Spain think Morocco are too forceful.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:18


Morocco 0-0 Spain

57 mins: Morocco have pushed Spain deeper into their own half by pressing and shifting their shape further up the pitch. There’s a growing frustration in the Spanish team as Hakim Ziyech takes out Pedri and the referee refuses to pull out a yellow card.

The Europeans think the Moroccans are getting away with some heavy tackles.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:16


Morocco 0-0 Spain

54 mins: Spain win a free kick over on the left wing right next to the penalty area.

Shot! Marco Aseniso leaps over the deadball and backheels the ball into a good area for Dani Olmo to run into a first time shot. He blazes one at goal but Bono keeps it out by punching the ball away.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:11


Morocco 0-0 Spain

51 mins: Marcos Llorente gets forward for Spain and receives the ball on the edge of the box after a pass from Pedri. He flicks it out to Torres on the right side but the Spanish forward is forced to the byline and the ball bounces off him and out for a goal kick.

Spain have been more advanced since the restart.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:08


Morocco 0-0 Spain

48 mins: Nice work from Spain who dance their way down the right wing and give the ball to Ferran Torres. He knocks the ball past Noussair Mazraoui before cutting inside and winning his team a free kick.

The set piece comes into the middle of the box but Youssef En-Nesyri nods it away and out for a Spain throw in.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:04


Second half: Morocco 0-0 Spain

Morocco get the match back underway. There hasn’t been any changes from either team but it won’t be too long before Luis Enrique looks to the bench if things stay as they are.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 16:02


HT Morocco 0-0 Spain

Aged 18 years and 123 days Gavi is the youngest player to start a knockout match at the World Cup since Pelé in the 1958 final who was 17 years and 249 days old.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:55


HT Morocco 0-0 Spain

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Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:51


Half-time: Morocco 0-0 Spain

45+1 mins: Nothing to separate the teams over the first half. If Spain didn’t know that they’re in a tough contest beforehand then they do now.

Morocco have executed their gamplan brilliantly and are giving this a good go. Spain have dominated the ball but Morocco have arguably created the better chances.

More to come in the second half.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:46

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