After topping a group that featured both the last World Cup’s runners-up (Croatia) and the third-placed team (Belgium) Morocco could have been forgiven for expecting a slightly easier draw in the last 16, but that has not happened. Spain, one of the pre-tournament favorites, slipped to a shock defeat to Japan that left them in second place in Group E.
Morocco have only reached the last 16 once before (in 1986) and with seven points in the Group Stage, they are enjoying their best-ever World Cup. Spain conversely started on fire with a 7-0 thumping of Costa Rica but a draw and then a defeat has led some to question whether their tiki-taka style is quite as dominant as it used to be. In this meeting of two attacking sides, someone’s tournament has to end. That’s what makes the Morocco vs Spain live stream so exciting, and it’s easy to watch from anywhere in the world.
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How to watch Morocco vs Spain anywhere
The Morocco vs Spain live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world. But what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?
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Morocco vs Spain live streams by country
How to watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream in the US
Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream on FOX and the FOX website with a valid login, if your local FOX affiliate is showing the match. FOX is included with all cable packages or with one of our best TV antenna picks.
Another option would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package costs just $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including FOX (provided you're in an area with a local Fox affiliate). Best of all, right now Sling is offering half off the first month, allowing you to watch the entire World Cup for just $20.
Or you could go for Fubo.TV. Its Pro Plan costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including FOX (provided you have a local affiliate), plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.
Spanish language coverage is available via Telemundo or Peacock. The first 12 games will be available to watch on a free account, but if you want to watch the full tournament you'll need a Peacock Premium subscription ($9.99/month).
If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.
Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $40 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC, NBCSN and USA. Plus, World Cup fans can stream the entire tournament on FS1 and FOX.
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How to watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream in Canada
Canadians can watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream on TSN, the home of World Cup 2022 in Canada.
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How to watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream in the UK
In the U.K., the Morocco vs Spain live stream will be available to watch for free on ITV, or you can stream online via ITV Hub. You will need a valid U.K. TV license in order to watch the game on TV or via online streaming.
If you're not currently in the U.K. and have a valid TV license, you can still watch a Morocco vs Spain live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream in Australia
Aussie soccer fans can watch the World Cup 2022 for free on SBS, including the Morocco vs Spain live stream. The free-to-air network is available on traditional TV or online by using SBS On-Demand.
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How to watch the Morocco vs Spain live stream in New Zealand
Kiwis can access the Morocco vs Spain live stream via Sky Sport. This costs $60.98 NZD per month, or you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week, $39.99/month or $399/year.
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Morocco vs Spain preview
In their final group game win against Canada, Morocco fielded a starting XI who all play in Europe’s top leagues. This quality shone through as they ran out 2-1 winners in a tough game with goals from Sevilla’s Youssef El-Neseyri and a superb lob from Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech. At the final whistle several of Morocco’s players, including PSG star Achraf Hakimi, couldn’t help but cry in a raw release of emotion at their achievements. This is emblematic of the team spirit manager Walid Regragui has fostered in his side since he was appointed in August. Ziyech has been a class above in midfield so far and the Atlas Lions will be grateful that Regragui managed to talk him into reviving his international career. Should they overcome another test against the odds, no team will be relishing a clash with Morocco in the latter stages.
After the first round of matches in Qatar, Spain looked certain to top their group. Somehow La Roja found themselves only scraping through on goal difference. It was a special effort from Japan to best them in the last group game, but manager Luis Enrique will be worried. Forward Alvaro Morata was a bright spark of the defeat as he continued his run of scoring in every game but with the side’s best performances coming without a traditional striker, Luis Enrique has a selection headache. Goalkeeper Unai Simon was also less than stellar for Japan’s winning goal but now might not be the time to change things. With Morocco yet to have more than 41% possession so far in Qatar, Spain will definitely have majority control of the ball, the question is whether they can make the most of it.
It's true that Spain will enter this fixture as heavy favorites, but the same was thought about Belgium and Croatia. Morocco emerged from those two games with a win and a draw — they say good things come in threes but whatever the score, the Morocco vs Spain live stream looks set to be exactly that.
Morocco vs Spain team news
Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou bizarrely lined up for his side’s first game of the tournament but then went off injured before kick-off, he returned for the final group game win over Canada and keep his place in goal for this knockout match. Nacer Mazraoui also had an injury scare but returned for the Canada game and is fit to start again. Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi will be expected to provide some quality on the ball when Spain finally cede possession. Morocco make just one change from the game against Canada as Selim Amallah comes in.
Spain rested several key players against Japan but the surprise scoreline led Luis Enrique to bring stars like Ferran Torres and Marcos Asensio on as substitutes. Enrique isn't taking the same chance here, as both are in from the start. Teenage midfielder Gavi was a doubt according to some sources but he starts, and at 18 and 20 years old, he and fellow midfielder Pedri will doubtless be full of energy to go again. As expected the pair start in the middle for Spain.
Morocco: Bounou, Mazraoui, Aguerd, Saiss, Hakimi, Amrabat, Amallah, Ounahi, Boufal, En-Nesyri, Ziyech
Spain XI: Simon, Llorente, Rodri, Laporte, Alba, Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Ferran, Asensio, Olmo.