Morocco take on the visitors Spain in the 1/8-finals match of FIFA World Cup 2022. The match will be played on Tuesday, December 6th at Education City Stadium (Al Rayyan)
Morocco already entered the World Championship 4 years ago - then they managed to break the pause of 20 years, the previous time they made their way to this level in 1998. Then, in Russia, with a good game, it was not possible to leave the group. But since then, the leaders have been able to accumulate experience. Now Hakimi, for example, is 24, and En-Nesiri is a year older. On the other hand, the veterans are not too old yet, the captain, Saiss, is 32. But still, Regraga’s ended up in an extremely difficult quartet, with Croatia and Belgium, that at the last tournament they got to the “medals”. But the representative of North Africa coped brilliantly with this challenge: he kept a goalless draw with the “checkers” (however, they didn’t seem to mind) took confident 2-0 win with Belgium. Well, let alone beat Canada in a situation where it guaranteed a place in the playoffs, it was necessary by default. The Moroccans did well, winning 2-1, and with them - the 1st place in the group.
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Spain after the “golden period” of 2008-2012 for a long time could not really show anything. Against this background, the era of Luis Enrique looks like a real breakthrough. Here and the semi-finals of last year's Euro, and the victory in the group of the Nations League this year. So in Qatar, the Spaniards showed themselves extremely contradictory. Costa Rica was barely noticed, giving out a record victory for this World Cup, 7-0. Then the Germans still managed to snatch at least a draw - the giants finished 1-1. But then there was a meeting with Japan. And there are still disputes about how to interpret the final 2-1 in favor of the “blue samurai”? Is it such a delicate calculation, the desire to start the playoffs with Morocco, and not Croatia? Or it just happened, especially since there was a segment when Costa Rica pulled ahead in a parallel duel. Well, let's see how the team will show itself in the playoffs, there's no time for games there.
In 1961, Spain beat Morocco in the playoffs on their way to the World Cup, winning both matches. The next meeting took place more than half a century later, at the last World Cup. Then at the group stage everything ended in a draw, 1-1. Spain is seen as the clear favourite. But it is inconsistent, and Morocco is on the rise. We recommend limiting betting on neutral “over 2.0 goals”.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 scored goals.