The final match in Group B didn’t start well for Spain, but it did end more favorably for them.
Spain started this match rather poorly, with Pique making a bad tackle just 8 minutes in. An argument could be made that Spain were lucky he wasn’t shown a straight red.
A bad play by Iniesta and Ramos led to Morocco’s Khalid Boutaib opening the scoring. The costly mistake by the Spanish pair led to a one-on-one chance for Boutaib that was put through De Gea’s legs.
MOROCCO TAKE THE LEAD OVER SPAIN!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2018
Iniesta and Ramos lose the ball in midfield and Boutaib takes advantage. pic.twitter.com/s1GpylxGI5
Just minutes later, Spain would level things on a brilliant play between Iniesta and Isco. This would be Isco’s first goal of the tournament.
Iniesta makes up for his mistake!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2018
A beautiful team goal ends with an Iniesta assist to Isco that makes it 1-1. pic.twitter.com/g9FvCMJYRO
Towards the end of the match, Morocco would stun Spain again when Youssef En-Nesyri headed in a corner ball past De Gea. The pressure was on for Spain.
Spain would tie things back up in the first minute of stoppage time when Iago Aspas scored a backheel. The goal was initially ruled offside, but was overturned by VAR. The match would finish drawn at 2-2.
VAR awards Iago Aspas a goal off the corner to pull Spain back level! pic.twitter.com/KzNS9LPN4A— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2018
Arguably the best player once again for Spain. He creates so many chances and is absolutely vital to the Spanish attack. He was finally rewarded for his efforts with a goal and deservedly earned being named man of the match.
Still doesn’t seem like he is 100% coming off his injury. While he did have a better match than his first start against Iran, he still doesn’t look like he is fully ready. He did help lead the buildup to Spain’s first goal. Nacho may end up starting again after really performing against Portugal.
Probably his worst match so far in the World Cup this year. He and Pique just didn’t seem to be connecting and there were several defensive mistakes. The most notable one is of course the miscommunication between Iniesta and Ramos that led to the one-on-one goal. He also lost in the air on the 2nd goal that led to a successful corner goal for Morocco. After two impressive starts prior, Ramos needs to get back if Spain wish to advance further.
Came on in the 75th, not much to really write about as far as standouts. Still think he needs to be given a start to show what he can really do for Spain.
Vasquez and Nacho did not feature in this match. The defense must get better for Spain, they’re allowing too many goals. David De Gea needs to step up as well, he has only made one save so far in this tournament, part of that is obviously defensive issues as well.
Isco is quickly becoming one of the stars of his World Cup, and Real fortunately already employs him. Spain must get better though as a whole if they wish to make it farther, they have the talent to do so.
Morocco and Iran have nothing to be ashamed of as they return home, Group B has been one of the toughest this World Cup. Spain won the group based on goals scored, they will face Russia on July 1.