ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) - Spain take on Morocco in their final World Cup Group B match on Monday.
Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov
When: Monday June 25, 2100 local (1800 GMT/2 PM ET)
Referee: To be announced
- Morocco have been eliminated from the World Cup after losing 1-0 to Iran and 1-0 to Portugal.
- Spain have not lost a game since losing to Italy in the last 16 of Euro 2016 and are unbeaten in their last 22.
- Diego Costa, who has netted three times in two World Cup games, has scored nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain.
- Spain, on four points after drawing 3-3 with Portugal and beating Iran 1-0, need a draw to progress to the last 16 but will be looking to win and outscore Portugal, who face Iran, in order to finish top of Group B on goal difference.
- If Iran beat Portugal they will reach the knockout stage at the European champions’ expense.
- If Portugal and Spain win their final games by the same scoreline, top spot will be determined by which team has the cleaner disciplinary record, with Spain currently on one yellow card to Portugal’s two.
- If Spain qualify, they will play either Russia or Uruguay in the last 16.
Previous meetings: Spain and Morocco have not met since they faced each other in an intercontinental playoff tie to qualify for the 1962 World Cup. Spain won the first leg away from home 1-0, grabbing a 3-2 victory in the second.
Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge