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August 1, 2012
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: B. Williams
• Attendance: 35973
That brings an end to Goal.com’s live commentary of the game. Despite finishing goalless, the match had plenty of chances and both sides should have got themselves onto the score sheet. Spain finish bottom of the group with just one point from their matches and no goals. Morocco finish third.
90' + 3'
Tello takes a swing and miss at the ball with just the goalkeeper to beat. Amsif takes the goal kick and the referee brings and end to the game.
90' + 1'
We’re into three minutes of added on time and Spain again have another opportunity. Adrian tries to pick out Herrera with a pass but a block prevents the Atheltic Bilbao from getting an effort in.
Spain hit the woodwork again! Adrian hit’s a fierce effort from an angle with Amsif does well to push on to his crossbar. La Roja continue to be denied by the post and bar!
End-to-end stuff at the moment with both sides striving for a late winner. Will either side be able to break the deadlock?
Stunning piece of goalkeeping by De Gea who flies off his line to gather a swerving ball into the box and stopping himself from going outside his area.
Amrabat has another chance but hits hit volleyed effort well over. From the resulting move Christian Tello finds himself in a decent position but his bending attempt goes wide of the goal.
Romeu hits an effort from just outside the box but his scuffed shot is easily gathered by Amsif.
La Roja have got their opponents on the backfoot but as it stands, have failed to hit the back of the net in any of there Olympic matches. Just over ten minutes left for that to change.
Excellent play down the left by Alba sees him pick out Mata with his cross but his rash attempt flies well over.
Milla is on the edge of his technical areas urging his team to push for a goal. Despite already being out of the competition he will be desperate to finish with a win.
Off the line! Romeu heads a corner towards goal but the ball is excellently cleared off the line. Spain have suddenly started to come to life.
Soufian El Hassnaoui
What an unbelievable miss! Adrian is clean through on goal with a defender nowhere to be seen. With only the goalkeeper to beat he casually tries to hit the ball pass Amsif but the ball bounces wide. The Atletico Madrid man tries to make up for his attempt by running after his effort but the balls already crossed the line for a goal kick. That really was a poor miss!
Mata miscues an effort wide of Amsif’s goal after a dangerous cross in to the box. He’s been one of his countries better players during the tournament but should have done better there.
Spain see another attack break down. This time Ander Herrera plays a sloppy ball close to the edge of Morocco’s penalty area and gifts possession away.
Another real chance and it goes to Morocco. Soufiane Bidaoui fails to control a pass from out wide inside the box. A better touch and he would have been able to get an effort in.
Fantastic save by De Gea! Amrabat again gets on the ball and plays it through to Barrarda who’s one-on-one with De Gea. His attempt is heading in but is put behind for a corner by the onrushing 21-year-old.
Spain are being forced to hurry on the ball by excellent closing down from their opponents. Just half an hour remaining.
Amrabat goes on a mazy run before crossing the ball into the box where a Spain player put the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
Morocco are really pushing for a goal here but have so far failed to force De Gea in to making a stop in the opening few minutes of the half.
Amrabat plays an excellent ball through to Yassine Jebbour but the referee pulls the play back for a foul. The Moroccan players and fans aren’t happy about that decision as they were in a promising position.
Chance for Morocco! Amrabat races through and tries to dink the ball over De Gea with the former Atletico Madrid man off his line but his effort goes narrowly over. That would have been one of the goals of the tournament if it had gone in!
The players look like they’re finding it hard finding their passing radars with the pitch struggling to cope with the recent downpour.
We’re back off underway with Morocco knowing they need to score and win if they are to have any chance of going through.
The players making their way back on to the pitch. There’s been some really heavy rain during the half-time interval but the sun looks like it’s coming out just in time for the restart.
The score in the other Group D match between Japan and Honduras is also goalless but as it stands that will be enough to send them both through, with Morocco’s heading home.
45' + 2'
Romeu fires just wide with a thumping long-range effort that had Amsif stretching. The referee blows up shortly after and the players go in with the score still goalless.
45' + 1'
Azpilicueta hooks the ball clear just in time with Barrada poised and waiting. Those two have arguably been the stand-out players so far.
Two minutes to be added on here with both sides striving for the opening goal.
Yellow Card Juan Mata
Muniain threads a ball through to Mata but the Chelsea’s man is flagged by the linesmans.
Berrada is at the heart of almost all of Morocco’s attacks, he’s been everywhere. This time a superb piece of skill close to the halfway line bamboozles the Spanish players but the move breaks down.
Javi Martinez forces Amsif into a flying save but the goal wouldn’t have stood had it gone in after the referee penalises Alberto Botia.
Yellow Card Zou
A few rash challenges are starting to creep into the game. Alba is the latest player to be fouled by Zouhair Feddal. The Barcelona man is taking his time getting up from this.
Amsif comes flying out of his goal to collect a corner and immediate tries to set his side away on an attack but fails to pick out a team-mate with a massive kick downfield.
Yellow Card Íñigo Martínez
Ten minutes until half-time and it’s still goalless although both sides have started to get themselves in decent positions. Can either side break the deadlock before the interval.
De Gea gratefully grabs the ball ahead of the onrushing Houssine Kharja. If the Moroccan had got on the end of that then surely that would have been the opening goal of the game.
What a chance! Adrian gets on the end of a threaded Mata pass and looks like he’s about to finally grab Spain’s first goal. However his effort hit’s the bottom of the post with Mohamed Amsif watching on.
Barrada gets on the end of a cross but can only manage to drag his sidefooted effort wide of De Gea’s post. He should have probably hit the target.
Azpilicueta goes on an excellent run down the right, nutmegging Abdellatif Noussir in the process. With options in the middle the Marseille looses his balance and the attack comes to nothing. That move sums up the match so far really, decent build up play but the final product has been found lacking.
Chance for Morocco! Soufiane Bidaoui picks up the ball and runs at Spain’s defence who back of him. Despite having options either side of him, he decides to take on the shot himself and Oriol Romeu flies in to make a lunging block.
Adrian is almost clean through on goal but a superb interception sees the ball go out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
Cesar Azpilicueta links up well with Adrian Lopez down Spain’s right but his attempted cross is easily headed out.
Abdelaziz Barrada attempted through ball to Amrabat is stopped on its way by the referee. It looks like he would have been clean in on De Gea if the official hadn’t blocked the pass.
The Moroccan fans appeals for a penalty are in vain as the referee waves play on. Inigo Martinez has hold of Houssine Kharja and looks to pull him to the ground. That could have been given.
Another close decision goes against Morocco and it’s against Amrabat. The replays show he was just marginally offside.
First effort of the game and it goes to Morocco. Zakaria Labyad hit’s a dipping free-kick from 35 yards out but is sails just past David de Gea’s post.
There’s been three offsides already - all against Morocco. Nordin Amrabat is the latest player to be flagged.
Luis Milla’s side are beginning to pass the ball around. Jordi Alba tries to slide in Iker Muniain but the ball flicks of Yassine Jebbour’s leg and it should be the first corner of the game. However the referee points for a goal kick.
It’s been an even opening to the match with Spain trying to get their passing going. Morocco look like they’re going to try to counter on the break.
Spain get us off underway. This has all the making of an open and entertaining match. Can La Roja end their Olympic campaign in style?
The players are making their way out on to the pitch. Not long now until the action gets underway.
Three Premier League players take their place in Spain’s line-up - Manchester United’s David de Gea, playing at his home ground, and Chelsea duo Oriol Romeu and Juan Mata.
Morocco: Amsif; Noussir, Abarhoun, Feddal, Jebbour; Fetthouhi, Barrada, Kharja; Labyad; Amrabat, Bidaoui.
The teams are in…Spain: De Gea; Azpilicueta, Botia, J.Martinez, Alba; I. Martinez, Romeu, Isco; Munain, Mata, Adrian Lopez.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of the Olympic 2012 match Spain and Morocco at Old Trafford. Surprisingly only one of the sides is still in with a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals and it’s not Spain, who have failed to score in their opening two games, losing both 1-0. Morocco need to win and hope other results go their way if they are to progress.
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