Morocco were on the verge of scripting history against Spain, with a 2-1 lead inside the injury time, but Iago Aspas stepped up in the dying minutes to deliver in style and rescue the La Roja from the mouth of a shock defeat. Spain finish on the top of the group with a high goal difference as Portugal drew 1-1 with Iran with a narrow escape yet again. Spain were the more attacking side for the first half but were brought under pressure in the last 45 minutes as Morocco did well on counters to expose them from the back.
Celta Vigo striker Aspas came on as a substitute for Diego Costa and was constantly threatening in the oponnent box, before grabbing an injury-time equaliser to seal a point and 2-2 draw for Spain. He tapped in a low pass from Dani Carvajal to save his side from an embarrassing defeat. Spain however, failed to win their last group game of the World Cup for the first time since 1982.
Morocco played with heart and were brilliant on counters as well as resolute on the back. They managed to keep the likes of Iniesta, Busquets, and Silva from firing. But Barcelona midfield maestro was responsible for Spain’s first equaliser which came through Isco, who scored on a sublime assist from Iniesta.
After Khalid Boutaib put Morocco ahead with a sensational finish, it was Isco who scored the equaliser for the La Roja to blow the game open. Both the teams put forth their best and had the opportunities. In the second half, Morocco created more pressure and troubled the Spanish backline more often.
Boutaib scored a sensational goal on a terrible defensive error from Ramos who left him free and Pique was too slow trying to track back. The Moroccan striker finished off his effort by slotting it between David De Gea’s legs to make it 1-0 for his side in the 14th minute. Both the teams went all square at halftime on 1-1.
In the second half, Youssef En-Nesyri struck in the 81st minute with a powerful header and it looked like Morocco would have a historic first win over Spain but Aspas came late to rescue his side. The 2-2 draw means Spain finish on the top of Group B and will face the second placed team from Group A.