The round of 16 for the World Cup are here, going forward or going home, the survival against the death. It is time to win and convince.

The group stage has left us with some huge disappointments such as the knockouts from two World Cup champions such as Germany and Uruguay, or other national teams that have wasted a golden opportunity to join the big fishes, such as Denmark, as they ended up bottom of their group after reaching the semifinals in the 2020 EURO.

Spain are once again among the best 16 national teams in the World for the second consecutive World Cup. They will take on Morocco, a neighbor country that is barely separated a few mediterranean miles.

The African team is in a great momentum and have reached the round of 16 for the second time in their history after Mexico 86.

Along with the Netherlands, Morocco have been the only national team that have not lost a single game in the group stage, as they have earned 7 points in a group with both the silver and the bronze from Russia 2018, Croatia and Belgium.

They will try to beat Spain with arguments such as Hakimi, En-Nesyri or Ziyech. Luis Enrique’s squad started off the right way in the group stage, but they ended up relying on another result in order to qualify for the next round, which arose several doubts both in the goalkeeper and the defensive area.

In addition, we must go back in time to the 2010 final in order to see Spain winning a game in the World Cup out of the group stage.

Spain must persuade both a divided crowd and a press that seems to be anxiously waiting for an early knockout just to say “I told you so”. Let’s change the opinion form all of those who do not believe, let’s win and convince.

Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.

Main image: @SEFutbol.

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