Morocco boss Herve Renard won't talk future after 'magical moment' vs. Spain

REUTERS  Sergio Perez

REUTERS Sergio Perez

Spain then went close twice just after the hour mark with Isco's goal-bound header cleared off the line by Morocco's Romain Saïss before Gerard Pique nodded just wide of the far post from a set piece.

Aspas spared Spain's blushes and secured their place at the top of the group, but Isco says they should be concerned about the way they are starting games in particular.

Khalid Boutaib opened the scoring for Morocco after 13 minutes.

"All coaches and all players have been instructed about what VAR means and how it works", he said.

In the 81st minute, the fans in the Kaliningrad Stadium were sent into rapturous celebration as Youssef En-Nesyri rose highest from a corner kick to head home and put Morocco back ahead with eight minutes left to play.

Speaking to Spanish TV station Telecinco after the final whistle, Hierro - appointed to the job just days before the tournament began - said his team was not on the right path and needed to improve, especially in defence.

Spain dominated the worldwide game for almost a decade, winning an unprecedented Euro and World Cup treble between 2008-2012 with their brand of high-tempo, possession-based play anchored by the legendary Barcelona linchpin Xavi.

"We have to be very demanding with ourselves".

"We would have loved to get a win over Spain, this is why we came here tonight".

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.

The Spaniards will now face World Cup hosts Russian Federation in the second round after Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in the night's other game.

The good news is that Spain is still getting the results they need, and there is time to clean things up. Five goals in three matches is not the way forward. Even Morocco, who didn't have anything to play for... nobody is going to give you anything.

De Gea finally made his first stop of the tournament to deny Morocco the chance to go back in front following Spain's well-worked equaliser.

Late drama in the other Group B match saw Iran equalise against Portugal, which saw Spain through as group winners to face Russian Federation in Moscow in Sunday afternoon's last-16 clash.

They were excellent in their opening game against Portugal - but had to settle for a 3-3 draw - and poor in their second match against Iran - but won 1-0.

Noureddine Amrabat, who suffered a head injury in Morocco's first World Cup match, showed the intensity that coach Herve Renard wanted from his team as it played its last match of a disappointing World Cup.

Recommended News

  • Saudi Arabia vs Egypt tips

    Saudi Arabia vs Egypt tips

    The big team news that has come out so far is that Hector Cuper has had a heart and will start Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary. Salah started against Russian Federation last Tuesday but was unable to make an impact as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners.
    The permutations and predictions for the final World Cup group matches

    The permutations and predictions for the final World Cup group matches

    If Portugal defeat Iran by a greater margin than Spain beat Morocco (or if Spain fail to win), then Portugal will win the group. A win for Nigeria would see them qualify and even a draw would be good enough unless Iceland win by at least two clear goals.
    Wyoming's Enzi Applauds Supreme Court Online Tax Ruling

    Wyoming's Enzi Applauds Supreme Court Online Tax Ruling

    EBay also said in a statement Thursday that Congress needs to "provide clear tax rules, with a strong small business exemption". Shirzay believes the verdict will "level the playing field a little bit more" between online and offline retailers.
  • Ronaldo-Messi debate goes far deeper than goals scored

    Ronaldo-Messi debate goes far deeper than goals scored

    And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major global tournament. In two World Cup games, the only constant has been the fact that Argentina can not get out of its own way.
    Migrants who ‘invade’ U.S.  have no right to due process, says Trump

    Migrants who ‘invade’ U.S. have no right to due process, says Trump

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez says she teared up when she heard audio of children crying in detention families. Defence Department officials said as many as 20,000 could be sheltered on bases in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico if need be.
    Bronx Teen Slaying: Gang Leader Apologizes to Family

    Bronx Teen Slaying: Gang Leader Apologizes to Family

    Guzman-Feliz's death sent shockwaves through the community, and on social media, as the hashtag #JusticeforJunior began trending. NY police officers stand guard at the street while demonstrators protest against President Trump in Bethpage, May 23, 2018.
  • Rory McIlroy three shots off the lead at Travelers Championship

    Rory McIlroy three shots off the lead at Travelers Championship

    Johnson surged into the lead with his 63, thanks to eight birdies and six birdies in a row from the 11th hole to the 16th hole. This year's field at the tournament includes five of the top 10 golfers in the world, as rated by the World Golf Rankings.
    Maradona calls for meeting with Argentina players

    Maradona calls for meeting with Argentina players

    ESPN's team of reporters in Russian Federation have messages for birthday boy Lionel Messi as he faces elimination. Believe it or not, we are World Cup runners-up and at some point we have to show that.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Kicked Out of Restaurant on Moral Grounds

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Kicked Out of Restaurant on Moral Grounds

    The White House official's father, Mike Huckabee , responded to his daughter's tweet . When she walked into the restaurant, Wilkinson saw that there had been no mistake.
  • US  to give North Korea post-summit timeline with 'asks' soon

    US to give North Korea post-summit timeline with 'asks' soon

    The South Korean prime minister said moving the artillery is under discussion amid thawing bilateral tensions. Many observances took place in South Korea involving officials including South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
    'TN': Argentina players ask Sampaoli not to take charge against Nigeria

    'TN': Argentina players ask Sampaoli not to take charge against Nigeria

    Mascherano made his 145th global appearance during the Croatia defeat, which left the 2014 runners-up with just one point so far having drawn with Iceland .
    Defender out of World Cup clash

    Defender out of World Cup clash

    A win for Nigeria would see them qualify and even a draw would be good enough unless Iceland win by at least two clear goals. Over in Group A , Russian Federation and Uruguay are through, but top spot is up for grabs as they go head to head.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.