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ALVARO MORATA has been named on the bench for Spain's last-16 clash against Morocco despite scoring three times at the World Cup.

Ferran Torres has been preferred in attack alongside Marco Asensio and Dani Olmo for Luis Enrique's side.

Morocco will be hoping to pull off another upset as they face Spain for a place in the last-8 with Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri leading their attack.

  • Start time: 3pm GMT
  • TV: ITV 1
  • Live stream: ITV X
  • Morocco XI: Bounou, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui, Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallah, Ziyech, En Nesyri, Boufal
  • Spain XI: Simon, Llorente, Rodri, Laporte, Alba, Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Olmo, Asensio, Torres


  • Kieran Davies

    Morocco starting XI:

    1. Bono, 2. Hakimi, 5. Aguerd, 6. Saiss, 3. Mazraoui, 8. Ounahi, 4. S Amrabat, 15. Amallah, 7. Ziyech, 19. En-Nesyri, 17. Boufal

    Credit: : @EnMaroc
  • Kieran Davies

    La Roja looking to roll back years

    It wasn’t so long ago that Spain dominated football on the big stage.

    They were European champions and the holders of the World Cup.

    Since then they have endured some bleak times but with the emergence of a crop of young talent, they fancy their chances to re-establish themselves in Qatar.

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    Familiar foes meet again in Qatar

    Morocco and Spain will be locking horns in the World Cup four years on from the meeting in the group stages in Russia.

    La Roja were indebted to a late Iago Aspas equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

    A similarly close contest should be on the menu at the Education City Stadium today.

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    Enrique happy to gift chance to youngsters

    The Spain boss was not afraid to hand starts to the up-and-coming duo of Nico Williams and Alejandro Balde against Japan.

    But Ferran Torres and Jordi Alba are expected to return to the first XI for the knockout stages.

    La Roja do not plan on under-estimating their African opponents today.

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    Welcome to Morocco vs Spain

    The surprise package of the World Cup takes on many people’s favourites to lift the trophy at the Education City Stadium in this last 16 tie.

    Morocco number one Yassine Bounou, who felt unwell before the win over Belgium and had to withdraw at the last second, was able to complete the full game against Canada and will expect to form part of an unchanged XI.

    Achraf Hakimi, who provided a delightful assist for En-Nesyri’s strike, is expected to be passed fit despite nursing some ankle problems, but the Paris Saint Germain right-back was one of several starters not risked in full training on Saturday.

    The likes of Ziyech, Sofyan Amrabat and Sofiane Boufal were also granted a well-earned rest, but there is nothing to suggest that the trio will not be given the green light to play today.

    As for Spain, Enrique was with the trio of Dani Olmo, David Raya and Cesar Azpilicueta in Friday’s training session, although the former was just believed to have been rested after a gruelling group period.

    Azpilicueta and Brentford goalkeeper Raya will be available for the contest according to Enrique, but Simon was always expected to be handed the gloves despite his error last time out.

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