Shock Group F winners Morocco stand in the way of Spain reaching a World Cup quarter-final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 2010.
Spain cannot repeat Japan mistakes: Rodri
Spain have learned lessons from the 2-1 loss to Japan that threatened to knock them out of the World Cup and are aware they cannot afford to make the same mistakes against Morocco.
Spain’s 2-1 defeat in the final group game after the Asian side scored two quick-fire goals dropped them to second in the group, and there was a three-minute period when they were third after Costa Rica took the lead against Germany.
Ultimately, Germany did Spain a favour by beating Costa Rica but Rodri admitted those three difficult minutes unnecessarily complicated their own match before they sealed progress to the last 16.
“Now a new competition is beginning. There is always analysis on what we can improve on, even after the games when we’ve played well,” Rodri told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s (Wednesday 2am AEDT) game against Morocco, who surprisingly topped Group F.