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Spain - Morocco Preview: La Roja look to end Olympic football tournament on a high

Spain - Morocco Preview: La Roja look to end Olympic football tournament on a high

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Having suffered defeat in their first two games, the European champions will be hoping to conclude with a victory, while their African opponents could still qualify

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SPAIN

De Gea
Montoya, Botia, Dominguez, Alba
Romeu, Martinez, Herrera
Tello, Muniain, Adrian

MOROCCO

Amsif
Aberhoun, El Kaoutari, Jebbour
Noussir, Labayd, Fettouhi, Abdel, Kharja
Amrabat, Bidaoui


With their tournament over, Spain coach Luis Milla may make a few changes to his starting side after their disappointing defeat to Honduras. Iker Munian has recovered from injury and will most likely get minutes, with Adrian and Cristian Tello supporting in a new-look front three.

Morocco are also relying on Japan to beat Honduras alongwith condeming Spain to their third defeat on the trot to progress to the quarter-finals - so Per Verbeek is likely to select thestrongest possible side at his disposal.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • In their second game of this Olympic football tournament Spain had 67 per cent of the possession, but still lost 1-0 to Honduras.
  • The Spanish have three players from the squad that won Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine: Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Javi Martinez.
  • When Spain last entered the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 they were in the same group as Morocco, and beat the Africans 2-0 thanks to goals from Jose Mari and Gabri before winning the gold medal.
  • In their two meetings in senior international football, Spain have never lost to Morocco - scoring four goals in two games.
  • Morocco are managed by Dutchman Pim Verbeek (pictured right), who has previously managed the South Korea and Australia national teams, taking the Socceroos to the 2012 World Cup.
  • Striker Nordin Amrabat was initially capped by the Dutch national youth teams, and was even called into the senior squad on one occasion, before deciding in November 2011 to play for Morocco.
  • Morocco will have half an eye on the other group game between Honduras and Japan, needing a victory and a Honduran defeat with a two-goal swing to progress.

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-David de GeaGoalkeeper
2César AzpilicuetaDefender
5Íñigo MartínezDefender
6Jordi AlbaDefender
13BotíaDefender
-Javi MartínezMidfielder
14Oriol RomeuMidfielder
15IscoMidfielder
7AdriánStriker
8MuniainStriker
13Juan MataStriker
18Diego MariñoGoalkeeper
3Álvaro DomínguezDefender
12MontoyaDefender
-KokeMidfielder
17Ander HerreraMidfielder
9RodrigoStriker
16TelloStriker
1Mohamed AmsifGoalkeeper
2Abdellatif NoussirMidfielder
3Mohamed AberhounDefender
13ZouDefender
16Yassine JebbourDefender
7Zakaria LabyadMidfielder
8Driss FettouhiMidfielder
10AbdelMidfielder
11Soufiane BidaouiStriker
14Houssine KharjaMidfielder
9Nordin AmrabatStriker
18Yassine BounouGoalkeeper
-Abdelhamid El KaoutariDefender
5Zakarya BergdichDefender
-Imad NajahDefender
-Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
15Rayan FrikecheMidfielder
17Soufian El HassnaouiStriker
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Muniain
Muniain
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
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Mohamed Amsif
Mohamed Amsif
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0

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