Analysis of Morocco and Spain .. "The Lions" devoured "La Roja" in 120 tactical minutes


The Moroccan national team achieved a historic qualification for the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, after eliminating its Spanish counterpart on Tuesday evening.


Morocco won a penalty shootout over Spain 3-0, after the match and the two extra periods ended in a goalless draw.


This is the greatest achievement of the Moroccan national team in the World Cup, after it reached the round of 16 in the 1986 World Cup, which was held in Mexico.

Analysis of the match between Morocco and Spain today

Realistic plays


Walid Regragui, the coach of the Moroccan national team, started the match with great realism, and did not change anything in the “Atlas Lions” squad for the Canada match, except to push Salim Amlah in the middle of the field, instead of Abdel Hamid Al-Sabri.


That change came due to the ability and commitment of the defensive salts of Abdul Hamid Al-Sabri, for fear of the Spanish national team's penetration from depth.


The Moroccan national team appeared with a 4-1-4-1 plan, as it was committed to defense throughout the 120 minutes, and was facing the opponent starting from the middle of the field, and played on the counterattack, taking advantage of its speed in transformations.


Despite the Spanish national team's possession throughout the match, the "Lions" adhered to an excellent defense, and no collective errors appeared at the organizational level. Rather, some individual failures appeared, but they were recognised, such as the spaces between the two defense hearts and behind them, in addition to the exaggeration of goalkeeper Yassin Bono in keeping with the ball.

Enrique's mistakes caused Spain to lose to Morocco


Spain coach Luis Enrique surprised everyone by pushing Marcos Llorente on the right front, despite the possession of the duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Dani Carvajal.


The goal of pushing Purente is his young age and his ability to run in front of the Moroccan left-front duo represented by Nassir Mazraoui and Sofiane Boufal, as the Atletico Madrid star appeared with defensive duties throughout the 120 minutes, and succeeded in limiting the danger of the duo at times.


Despite Llorente's presence with defensive duties, the Moroccan national team rejected the initiative and settled for counter-attacks led by Boufal from the left side, who was later replaced in favor of Abdel Samad Al-Zalzouli.


In addition, Enrique pushed Marco Asensio as a striker from the start instead of Alvaro Morata, due to his great ability to move left and right in addition to putting pressure on Sofiane Amrabat, Morocco's focal point when building the attack.

Soufiane Amrabat, the star of Morocco, against Spain in the 2022 World Cup


Soufiane Amrabat, Morocco's focal point, was the undisputed star of the match, as he thwarted most of the Spanish national team's penetrations from the middle of the field, in addition to his great coverage behind the backs, in addition to the defensive depth that he performed at times.


Amrabat was the main financier of the Moroccan national team's attacks, as he was the first element on which the attack was built, by distributing the game left and right or sending long balls forward.


Despite the constant pressure on Amrabat with one or two players to prevent him from going out with the ball, in addition to the presence of the Spanish trio in the middle of the field, represented by Javi, Pedri and Busquets. However, he always succeeded in building the attack or obtaining a violation as a result of his physical strength and abundant effort.

Amazing commitment


The Moroccan team appeared with a clear tactical commitment, but the right front was the most committed and specific on the part of the duo Ashraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech.


Ziyash, in particular, played strong defensive roles and acted as a blocking wall when Hakimi advanced in some balls, despite his main position as a right winger.


On the other hand, Enrique tried to put pressure on this front in various ways with the presence of Ferran Torres and Jordi Alba, as well as throwing the young player Jaffe in this area, but they all failed to threaten Morocco's goal from this front.


In the first extra half, Enrique tried to put more pressure when he decided to take out Torres and Alba and push Alejandro Balde and Anasto Fati, but despite that Hakimi and Ziyech appeared with great physical superiority and prevented the duo from penetrating as well, so that the "Lions" succeeded in total tactically outperforming "La Roja".

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Analysis of Morocco and Spain .. "The Lions" devoured "La Roja" in 120 tactical minutes

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