Jordi Alba, titular contra Marroc / FOTO: rfef.es

The Spanish Olympic players are on their way home after failing to win a largely meaningless final group match against Morocco. Spain were already out of the competition after losing to Japan and Honduras, and the 0-0 draw means Morocco also miss out on a quarter finals berth. It has been a hugely disappointing experience for Luis Milla’s team, who finish bottom of Group D with just one point and no goals.

Jordi Alba starts

At Old Trafford, Jordi Alba was once again in a first eleven that struggled to find its game against a North African outfit that was hungry to score straight from the kickoff. Both teams had early chances, and Adrián could have opened the scoring in the 19th minute, but Noussir managed to turn the ball away for a corner. Barrada had Morocco’s best chance in the 26th minute, but after a great move, the ball went wide.
Spain gradually found their flow and it was then that we started seeing the best of Jordi Alba. On the half hour, Javi Martínez would have hoped for a better finish than he produced, and shortly after, Atletico Madrid’s Adrián hit the post. There was major concern just before the break when Alba was brought down by Feddal and looked seriously hurt, but fortunately it was nothing important and he was soon back on the pitch.

Goal won’t come

Spain had nothing but pride to play for, but Morocco could still go through to the last eight as long as they won this game and Japan also beat Honduras. The Africans didn’t have any choice but to go full out in search of a goal, but found Spain boosted from the 55th minute by the presence of Tello, who had come on for Isco. With a little more luck, Spain could have taken the match, and with a minute to go, Adrián struck what looked like the match winner, but goalkeeper Amsif turned the ball onto the crossbar. The game ended with no score, and Spanish interest in the Olympic football tournament has come to an end in dismal fashion.


Match stats

Spain, 0
Morocco, 0

Spain: De Gea, Azpilicueta, Botía, Iñigo Martínez, Javi Martínez (Ander Herrera, 46’), Oriol Romeu, Isco (Tello, 56’), Mata, Muniain (Koke, 66’) and Adrián.

Morocco: Amsif, Jebbour, Abarhoun, Feddal, Noussir, Bidaoui (El Hassnaoui S, 70 ) Kharja, Fettouhi, Labyad, Barrada and Amrabat.

Referee: Benjamin Williams.

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