London Olympics: Men's Football: Spain vs Morocco Preview

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London 2012: Spain vs Morocco Preview
Manchester, Jul 31: After losing in their previous two games, European champions Spain will look to end on a high, while their African opponents Morocco can still qualify if they manage to pull off a win.

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Spain, who were tipped favourites to clinch gold, were eliminated from the games after the shock 1-0 loss to Honduras, and despite dominating their opening game against Japan, La Roja were beaten by a single goal.

Coach Luis Milla opted for the same eleven which fell against the Japanese except for the inclusion of Alberto Botia for Inigo Martinez. But the front line of Juan Mata and Adrian Lopez failed to finish even after hitting the post thrice.

A few changes may be expected in attack with Iker Munian back in the squad after injury alongside Adrian and Cristian Tello.

Morocco will have an eye on the other Group game between Japan and Honduras. The African side has never beaten the Spaniards but in order to go through to the quarter-finals, Morocco must beat Spain while Japan have to beat Honduras.

Morocco's Dutch coach Per Verbeek is likely to put forward his strongest playing XI in order to have any chances of creating a hat-trick of upsets for Spain.

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.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 17:28 [IST]
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