Spain made a spectacular comeback and levelled the score 2-2 against Morocco, in the last leg of Group B matches, paving the way for La Roja to meet Russia in knock-out stages.
Morocco took the lead in the first half and Spain equalized by Isco, who was named man of the match.
The Moroccans again took the lead in the second half. However, La Roja levelled the score sheet in the 91th minute.
“We already said yesterday that this would be a tough match and we knew very well that Morocco would fight, Spain coach Fernando Hierro said after the match.
Morocco is “an excellent team who had lost two matches 1-0, while deserving much more, and this entire group was very tough for us,” he said.
“Obviously we can improve and there are things we definitely need to work on. We will undoubtedly be self-critical because losing five goals in three matches is not the way forward,” he said.
Hierro said Spain was lucky to finish first. “But now we need to be very demanding with ourselves and have clearly in mind that if we concede goals so easily, it will be very difficult for us to reach our ultimate goal,” he added.
Morocco coach Herve Renard said his team suffered because Spain included exceptional players.
“I think our players, the whole team, should be commended for this game and the entire World Cup. We’ve lacked a bit of experience and there were games we should have had better results in,” he said.
Morocco and Iran have been eliminated from the group, while Spain and Portugal will continue the journey.
Source: Kuwait News Agency