The last quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup will be decided today with fewer matches at the whole tournament holding more intrigue than Morocco’s clash with Spain. Unfancied as they travelled to Qatar, the incredibly well-supported Atlas Lions have been perhaps the surprise of the winter.
Topping a group featuring Belgium, Croatia and Canada was no mean feat for Morocco but they can go one better this afternoon by downing Spain to reach the last eight of a World Cup for the first time in their history. Of course, that is no easy task in itself.
Luis Enrique will welcome back a number of star players to Spain’s team in Al Rayyan after several were rested for a jarring defeat to Japan that left them as runners-up in Group E, although some would say the draw has been kind to them. Follow Morocco vs Spain LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Education City Stadium!
Morocco team news: Unchanged XI
Morocco boss Walid Regragu was afforded the chance of bringing off star players Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi during their last outing, so they will be well rested.
It will likely be an untouched line-up from the Atlas Lions.
How to watch
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on ITV, with coverage starting at 2pm.
Live stream: Fans can catch the game for free online via the ITVX app and ITV website.
Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the World Cup last-16 clash between Morocco and Spain.
The African nation have reached this stage for just the second time, and the first since 1986. La Roja will be looking to reach their seventh quarter-final.
We have Nizaar Kinsella at the Education City Stadium ahead of kick-off at 3pm GMT. Stick with us.