Spain and Portugal can't afford to lose or they could miss out on the knockout stages from Group B. Earlier, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored as Uruguay beat hosts Russia 3-0 to take Group A's top spot. Mo Salah scored for Egypt but Saudi Arabia won 2-1, with only pride at stake.
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KALININGRAD, Russia -- Spain manager Fernando Hierro says his side can't afford to relax when it takes on a Morocco side that has already been eliminated from the tournament.
Spain will enter the day tied with Portugal atop Group B, with both teams having secured four points from their first two matches. Iran remain in the running to progress to the knockout stages having earned three points.
"Basically if they qualified for a World Cup we know they will be a tough rival," said Hierro about Morocco....
KALININGRAD, Russia -- When visions of Spain in their trophy-winning heyday pop into the head, the first thought is of La Furia Roja's slick passing midfield. The mind wanders to Xavi and Xabi Alonso, along with the still-active tandem of David Silva and Andres Iniesta, starving opponents of the ball. Forwards are almost an afterthought.
Yet with Diego Costa spearheading Spain's push into the 2018 World Cup knockouts after scoring three goals in two games, a striker is once again taking centre stage...