Spain have sneaked through to the round of 16 in the Qatar 2022 World Cup on goal difference after a 2-1 defeat against Japan which saw them finish in second spot in Group E. Luis Enrique’s men had previous thrashed Costa Rica by seven goals to nil before playing out a 1-1 draw with Germany. Álvaro Morata’s early goal had looked to have put the Spaniards in cruise control but second-half goals from Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka left them hanging on for dear life and, in they end, their qualification for the knockout round depended on Germany coming from behind to defeat Costa Rica.
Who will Spain play in the round of 16?
Spain’s opponents in the round of 16 will be 2022 surprise package Morocco, who saw off Canada earlier on Thursday to qualify from Group F in first place. The two nations also faced off in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the Spaniards needing an injury-time equaliser to claim a 2-2 draw in the group stage.
Spain have qualified for the round of 16 in seven of the last nine tournaments, failing to make it past the group stages in 1998 and in 2014, when they were defending champions.
When is the Spain vs Morocco round of 16 match?
Spain will play Morocco in the round of 16 on Tuesday, 6 December 2022, with kick-off at 10am ET. The match will take place at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.