Hello and welcome to the live blog for Brazil vs South Korea, FIFA World Cup 2022, Round of 16.
Morocco versus Spain is one of the most anticipated round of 16 ties of this World Cup. Morocco is one of the few unbeaten sides after group stage and they looks really lethal going forward in the tournament. On the other hand, Spain started the tournament with a bang but things haven’t gone as planned after the 7-nil victory against Costa Rica.
Spain lost to Japan in the last game and their problems in the final third is still visible. They have improved from last year’s Euro campaign but players like Torres and Morata need to step up if Spain want to repeat their World Cup 2010 triumph. For Morocco, all eyes will be on their key names like Hakimi and Ziyech who have been magnificent.
Morocco form (all comps): D-W-D-W-W
Spain form (all comps): W-W-W-D-L
Players to Watch
Pedri has been the central point of Spain’s success in the tournament so far. He is the connecting line of attack and defence. The Barcelona midfielder again likely to share midfielder duties with his club comrades, Busquets and Gavi. Although, Pedri will also be hoping to contribute more in attack from now on.
Achraf Hakimi has been in sublime touch in the tournament. His presence on the right flank with Ziyech has been a big headache for oppositions. He not only contributes to attack but his workrate in defense is impeccable.
Morocco’s striker Walid Cheddira is doubtful for the clash after reports of a knock during the training session.
Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta is also doubtful for the clash after being substituted in half time against Japan in the last group match.
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Head to Head stats
There have been only three clashes between the side and Spain dominates the charts.
Played – 3
Morocco – 0
Drawn – 1
Spain – 2
Morocco predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Bounou, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui, Ounahi, Amrabat, Sabiri, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Spain predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Simon; Carvajal, Rodri, Laporte, Alba, Pedri, Busquets, Gavi, F Torres, Morata, Olmo