Spain top Group B despite being held to a draw
Morocco salvage their pride with a point
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Antia Andre, with Spain [Follow on Twitter] In their final group match Spain had to settle for a share of the points, secured in dramatic fashion by Aspas’ injury-time strike. The Spanish had earlier passed up several chances to take the lead in a match lit up by some sparkling interplay between Isco and Iniesta. Defensive errors ultimately cost La Roja the win but not top spot in the section.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 25: Iago Aspas of Spain celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Spain and Morocco at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 25: Iago Aspas of Spain back heels in past Monir El Kajoui of Morocco to score his sides second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Spain and Morocco at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Zineb El Houari, with Morocco [Follow on Twitter] Morocco departed on a high. Already eliminated on their fifth World Cup appearance, the north Africans restored their pride in style by holding the 2010 world champions in check thanks to goals from Boutaib and En Nesyri, who plays his club football for Malaga. Though Spain pressed high at the start of the match, Herve Renard’s side – captained by Mbarek Boussoufa – did not give an inch. Fighting all the way to the end, Morocco went some way to making up for their early exit with a warrior-like display.
Budweiser Man of the Match The scorer of Spain’s first equaliser, Isco oozed class throughout. His sudden bursts of acceleration, dribbling and precise passing made him his side’s most dangerous player.
The stat 23 - Though Spain left it late, tonight’s draw extends their unbeaten run to 23 matches, a sequence that no other team on the planet can match.
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