Spain and Morocco’s meeting at the Education City Stadium is the fourth in their history. They first locked horns in two World Cup qualifiers in 1961 – La Roja won both – before playing out a 2-2 draw in the World Cup group stages four years ago.
Morocco enjoyed a fantastic Group F campaign, finishing top ahead of Croatia and Belgium after securing two wins and a draw. Four different players have scored for The Atlas Lions so far, but Hakim Ziyech is their star man. The Chelsea winger has a goal and an assist to his name in the tournament and averages a goal involvement every 1.5 matches for his country.
After a strong start, Spain stumbled into the next round. Luis Enrique’s men kicked off with an emphatic 7-0 win against Costa Rica but were then held by Germany and beaten by Japan. In the end, they qualified via goal difference, with Alvaro Morata playing a key part with three strikes in three appearances – he is among the Anytime Goal Scorer favourites for this one.
Morocco have never won a knockout match at the World Cup. Can they make history and reach the quarter-finals for the first time? Make your predictions with BetVictor’s Morocco v Spain World Cup 2022 Betting markets.
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