2018 World Cup: Spain 1-2 Morocco - LIVE

2018 World Cup: Spain 1-2 Morocco - LIVE
epa06839867 Diego Costa (L) of Spain and Noureddine Amrabat of Morocco in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group B preliminary round soccer match between Spain and Morocco in Kaliningrad, Russia, 25 June 2018.

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 25, 2018. 21:46

Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2018 World Cup Group B match between Spain and Morocco from the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia.


Spain: De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Thiago, David Silva, Iniesta, Isco, Diego Costa.

Morocco: Mohamedi, Dirar, Da Costa, Saiss, Hakimi, El Ahmadi, Boussoufa, N Amrabat, Belhanda, Ziyech, Boutaib.

Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

1' - The game is underway.

5' - Spain threaten first as Isco forces Morocco goalkeeper Mohamedi into a low save.

10' - Morocco hardman El Ahmadi does well to guide the ball out for a goal-kick with Spain wing-back Alba ready to pounce.

14' - GOAL! Spain 0-1 Morocco. Boutaib steals the ball in midfield from Spain captain Ramos and he beats keeper De Gea with a low shot.

15' - Spain have been stunned by Morocco, who are searching for their first win at this year's tournament.

19' - GOAL! Spain 1-1 Morocco. Iniesta finds Isco, who fires past Mohamedi to level matters following a good move by the Red Fury. 

20' - CAUTION: El Ahmadi (Morocco).

25' - End-to-end stuff as Spain defender Pique forces Mohamedi into a good save and almost immediately at the other end, Boutaib is denied by De Gea from close range. Lively start.

29' - CAUTION: N.Amrabat (Morocco).

30' - It is still 1-1 as we reach the half-hour mark.

31' - CAUTIONS: Boussoufa (Morocco) & Da Costa (Morocco).

35' - Spain playmaker Silva's corner-kick is easily gathered by Mohamedi as Spain look to take the lead for the first time.

40' - Isco whips a free-kick into the Morocco box and Hakim makes a good clearance as the Red Fury continue to pile pressure on the Atlas Lions.

45' - The fourth official has added two minutes.

HALF-TIME: Spain 1-1 Morocco.

46' - The second-half is underway.

50' - CHANCE! De Gea comes out rushing and he punches the ball away, before stand-in Morocco captain Boussoufa could pounce.

55' - CLOSE! N.Amrabat unleashes a powerful long-range shot which beats De Gea, but the crossbar came to Spain's rescue and the Red Fury survived.

60' - It still 1-1 here in Russia as we reach the hour-mark.

63' - Morocco sub: Fajr IN, Belhanda OUT.

65' - Isco's corner-kick finds Pique, who heads wide of the target as Spain look to regain control of the match.

70' - Morocco coach Herve Renard is about introduce En-Nesyri as the Atlas Lions search for a late winner.

71' - Morocco sub: En-Nesyri IN, Boutaib OUT.

74' - Spain subs: Aspas IN, Costa OUT & Asensio IN, Thiago OUT.

75' - It is still 1-1 as we enter the final 15 minutes.

80' - Ziyech's goal-bound effort is deflected wide by Pique and Morocco are awarded a corner-kick.

81' - GOAL! Spain 1-2 Morocco. En-Nesyri proves to be a super-sub as heads home from a corner-kick to restore the Atlas Lions' lead.

85' - Spain sub: Rodrigo IN, Silva OUT

85' - Morocco sub: Bouhaddouz IN, Ziyech OUT.

90' - GOAL! Spain 2-2 Morocco. Aspas grabs a late equalizer from Carvajal's cross.

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