World Cup 2022 LIVE: Spain vs Morocco 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

36 mins: A decent cross comes over to Ferran Torres who does brilliantly to hold onto the ball under pressure from three defenders. He then sends the ball back to Rodri and Spain build up the pressure on the edge of the box.

Azzedine Ounchi wins possession and is then clipped by Gavi bringing Morocco a free kick and a release from constant defending.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:36


Morocco 0-0 Spain

33 mins: Chance! Noussair Mazraoui tackles Ferran Torres in midfield and storms up the pitch with the ball. He unleashes a decent left-footed shot and forces a diving save out of Unai Simon.

The Spanish goalkeeper spills the ball but manages to recover it before Youssef En-Nesyri can pounce.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:33


Morocco 0-0 Spain

30 mins: This is only the second time in six World Cup games that Spain haven’t scored a goal in the opening 20 minutes and other than Marco Asensio’s effort they haven’t really threatened Morocco.

It’s been a fairly even contest so far.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:31


Morocco 0-0 Spain

26 mins: Chance! Spain are stepping it up now. Marco Asensio springs the offside trap and nips in behind the defence as the ball comes over the top.

He brings it under control then drills a shot into the near side netting!

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:28


Morocco 0-0 Spain

25 mins: Boufal is getting properly stuck in for Morocco. He brings the ball inside but gets tackled by a heavy hit from Sergio Busquets. The Spaniard wins the ball first though and isn’t punished for the challenge.

Off the bar! Morocco recover the ball and dally with it when playing out from the back. Dani Olmo nicks the ball high up the pitch and swings a cross into Ferran Torres who lays the ball to Gavi.

Gavi shoots but Bono leaps to his right and tips the ball onto the crossbar! The offside flag then goes up ang Gavi breathes a sigh of relief for missing the chance.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:26


Morocco 0-0 Spain

22 mins: Lovely dummy from Boufal to confuse Marcos Llorente and storm down the left wing. He lifts a cross into the box which floats over everyone and skips away for a throw in.

Great skill but the final ball let him down. Morocco are right in this game. They’ve started this match brilliantly.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:23


Morocco 0-0 Spain

19 mins: Spain put together a nice attack of their own by moving the ball through midfield and sending it over to Ferran Torres on the right wing.

He swings a cross into the middle where four of his teammates are waiting but the Moroccan defence is up to the task and they head the ball clear.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:19


Morocco 0-0 Spain

16 mins: Morcocco’s main threats have come from quick play and pacey runs down the wings. Boufal brings the ball forward before slipping it up to Mazraoui who makes an underlapping run.

The left-back takes the ball to the byline and hangs a cross over to the back post. Youssef En-Nesyri is hovering but Unai Simon plucks the ball off his nose to cut out the attack.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:16


Morocco 0-0 Spain

13 mins: That’s a needless risk frmo Bono! The Moroccan goalkeeper is given the ball and gets pressed by Ferran Torres. Bono shifts the ball inside of the forward and passes it to Romain Saiss who flicks it out to Noussair Mazraoui to beat the Spanish press.

That could easily have gone wrong but it was well worked in the end by Morocco.

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:13


Morocco 0-0 Spain

11 mins: Free kick to Morocco! Theytake the ball away from Sergio Busquets in the middle of the pitch before Boufal storms forward and takes over.

He brings the ball up the pitch before getting pulled down by a back tracking Gavi. This set piece is in a dangerous area for Spain. Can Morocco make use of it?

No. Achraf Hakimi takes it and curls an effort over the crossbar!

Michael Jones6 December 2022 15:11

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