June 25, 2018 / 8:04 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Spain snatch late draw with Morocco to top group

KALININGRAD, Russia, June 25 (Reuters) - Spain snatched a 2-2 draw against Morocco on Monday to qualify for the World Cup last 16 and take top spot in Group B ahead of Portugal on goals scored.

Morocco striker Khalid Boutaib gave the north African side a shock early lead but Isco levelled, blasting high into the net after a layoff from Andres Iniesta.

Morocco, already eliminated, struck again in the 81st minute when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri crashed in a header which looked set to inflict a first defeat on Spain since Euro 2016.

But substitute Iago Aspas levelled in stoppage-time after consultation from the video assistant referee (VAR), putting Spain top ahead of Portugal, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran.

Spain will play Russia in the last 16. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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