Spain snatch 2-2 draw with Morocco to top group

Spain Iran World Cup 2018

Spain Iran World Cup 2018

Spain will play Russian Federation in the last 16.

Pique was not the only player to put in a poor defensive showing.

Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos have nearly 300 caps between them but looked like total strangers as they left the ball to one another on the halfway line.

Boutaib managed to carve out a chance in the 25th minute, racing clear of the Spain defence but this time he was smothered by De Gea in the box. But just when Morocco though the points were theirs, Iago Aspas scored with a fine back-heeled flick in stoppage time as Spain ultimately made first place theirs.

Now, Spain who had sacked boss Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition are on the verge on making the round of sixteen and know that a victory over the Atlas Lions keeps their fate in their own hands.

Snatching the ball from Sergio Ramos in midfield Boutaid ran through alone and coolly slotted home between the legs of David de Gea for Morocco's first goal of the World Cup and their first at the global showpiece tournament for 20 years. He cut back with the outside of his right boot to Isco, who fired into the roof of Monir El-Kajoui's net from six yards.

The Real Madrid man was unfortunate not to add a second after the break as his header was cleared off the line by Romain Saiss.

Air strikes kill five in southern Syria: monitor
If the Syrian Army retakes this town, it will cut off the rebel forces in al-Lajat plateau from the larger rebel Daraa pocket. The United Nations has warned that renewed hostilities could put 750,000 lives at risk.

In the 13th minute, however, an wonderful turn of events as Morocco capitalized on a mistake from Andres Iniesta as his pass was not met by his teammate and Khalid Boutaib made the team pay. He set up Diego Costa for a chance but the striker could not quite get his toe on the ball.

The scorer of Spain's first equaliser, Isco oozed class throughout. La Roja are still yet to convince they can go all the way but certainly have the attacking talent to cause even the very best teams problems. His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee (VAR) overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. "The important thing is that we are through and finished top of the group".

It could be seen as fortuitous but Spain have deserved the little bit of luck that came their way.

De Gea was criticised after his blunder gave Ronaldo one of his three goals in in Spain's draw with Portugal.

They utterly dominated Iran in their second game but had to settle for a narrow 1-0 win after being frustrated for long periods against Carlos Queiroz's side.

The result, combined with Portugal's 1-1 draw against Iran, sees Spain through to the round of 16 as group winners because of total goals scored and will now face Russian Federation in the knockout round.

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