Spain 2-2 Morocco – Spain held but win group


‘We can improve’
Spain 2-2 Morocco

Spain manager Fernando Hierro: «We knew this would be a tough match, we knew Morocco were going to fight. We can improve,» he says.

«I’m not pleased or displeased we play Russia next. We’re pleased to be through. We tried not to think about the other match [Portugal v Iran]. We have to be very demanding of ourselves, it will be very difficult to reach the ultimate goal.»

‘Moment of truth’
Spain 2-2 Morocco

Spain midfielder Isco: «Now we are facing the moment of truth but I have complete faith in this team.

«Morocco was a really tough match. Maybe we were lacking greater control of the game and normally that is what we do a lot better.»

On facing Russia in the last 16: «It’s going to be a tough game. They have the whole country behind them and play excellent football. We played a friendly against them ahead of the Wolrd Cup so we know about them.»

‘We lacked experience’
Spain 2-2 Morocco

More from Herve Renard: «We suffered, as every team that plays against Spain suffers, because their line-up is a mix of Real Madrid and Barcelona players – all exceptional.

«But I think our players, the whole team, should be commended for this game and the entire World Cup.

«We’ve lacked a bit of experience and there were games we should have had better results in. But we’ve shown that we can take on two of the best teams in the world, Portugal and Spain, and represent Morocco well.

«We will keep this World Cup in our minds. It was a magical moment for us and I want to wish good luck to all the teams in the last 16, and particularly the two African teams [Senegal and Nigeria] trying to make it through.»

‘We should be proud’
Spain 2-2 Morocco

Morocco boss Herve Renard: «This World Cup has been an exceptional experience. I came here to learn and we have learned a great deal over the three matches. We would have loved to have gone into the next round but we should be proud of what we have done and what we have achieved.»

Asked about his future: «We will think of the future later on.»

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