Spain equalizes 2-2 with Morocco, to meet Russia in knock-out

Spain escaped a humiliating defeat when they equalized with Morocco 2-2 in stoppage time to lead World Cup Group B, and would be meeting Russia in knock-out stages next Sunday.

Morocco, which was last in the group, began the clash with a press of the ball, until scoring a stunner in the 14th minute to take the lead.

Andres Iniesta lost the ball in the middle of the pitch and striker Khaled Boutaib raced with it all the way to David De Gea, keeping his cool and slotted a low shot.

Five minutes after the Morocco goal, Spain equalized.

Real Madrid’s midfielder Isco received an assist by Iniesta in the 19th minute and fired the ball on top of the net.

The match got heated with more yellow cards for the Moroccans, and the referee trying to maintain control of the game.

Karim Al-Ahmadi, Nordin Abrabat, Mbark Boussoufa and Manual de Costa were all booked.

Spain has been in control of the ball for the most part of the game.

Morocco elevated their attacking approach in the second half and posed a threat on the Spanish keeper.

A header by Isco was almost settling in the far right corner but Morocco’s Saisse’s header sent the ball to the corner kick in 61st minute.

An attack by Morocco resulted in a corner, and Youssef An-Nesyri elevated over the Spanish defense and netted the ball on the left corner of De Gea in 81st minute.

The 90 minutes and Spain had a free kick on the right side of the box.

Iago Aspas flicked a cross but his celebration was put on hold after the referee examined the VAR.

Aspas was granted the goal and the score was levelled at 2-2.

Source: Kuwait News Agency