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Morocco end their World Cup journey with honourable draw against Spain

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A last-gasp equaliser from Iago Aspas prevent from their first World Cup victory since 1998, as they finish bottom of Group B following an exciting 2-2 draw against Spain.

After two undeserving defeats against Iran and Portugal, the Lions of Atlas have lost their chance to get through the next round, however they managed to get their first 2018 World Cup point against 2010 Champions.

14 minutes into the game, Morocco have managed to take the lead through Khaled Boutib who exploited from Sergio Ramos’ mistake to go on one-on-one against David De Gea, before finishing in the bottom corner of the net.

However Morocco’s lead just lasted for just five minutes as managed to equalise through Isco after a brilliant build up play between Diego Costa and Iniesta, before Isco with a cool finish brought the result level.

Eight minutes later, Khaled Boutib missed a golden opportunity to restore Morroco’s lead, as his close range finish was saved by De Gea who kept the 1-1 draw till the end of the first 45 minutes.

10 minutes into the second half, Nourdin Amrabat was so close to put Morroco in front again after his rocket shot from the edge of the penalty area hit the bar.

Nevertheless, the Lions of Atlas managed to retake the lead in the 81tg minute through Youssef En Nasryi who out-jumped Sergio Ramos before heading home which left De Gea completely helpless.

Morocco tried their best to defend their lead for the remaining nine minutes, but it was left to Celta Vigo’s sticker Iago Aspas, with a backheal  finish, to score the equaliser for Spain, which was ruled out for offside before being given after VAR consultation, to put them in top of Group B.

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