Spain vs. Morocco, Brazil into quarterfinals, Tuesday’s best bets

Morocco is the feel-good story of the 2022 World Cup so far. Atlas Lions led their group, the first African nation to do so this century, and will look to upset neighbors Spain in Tuesday’s round of 16.

Meanwhile, Brazil are not holding back after scoring four goals against South Korea in the first half to advance to the quarterfinals. One of the most entertaining sides to watch, the Selecao offer football that’s easy on the eye with plenty of flair, individual talent and dance routines to celebrate.

Be sure to check back on ESPN during the tournament as we bring you the latest from Qatar. Here’s what you might have missed from Monday’s World Cup events, and a look ahead to Tuesday for what’s next.

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Spain or Morocco?

Neighbors Spain and Morocco meet in the Round of 16 on December 6th at 10am ET. Morocco surprised the world after winning their group and collecting as many points as England and the Netherlands. The same group included Belgium and Croatia and a clear win over the former showed everyone they mean business in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Luis Enrique’s side started the tournament with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica but ended with a draw against Germany and a defeat against Japan. They had to settle for second place and appear to have learned from their mistakes against a dream-land Moroccan side.

Spain’s midfield is arguably the best of the tournament, with the likes of veteran Sergio Busquets and young stars Pedri and Gavi, all three from Barcelona. They will try to control the game and beat their opponents with ball possession, movement and running off the ball. However, they were criticized for their lack of a number 9, which Enrique found fault with, saying Ferran Torres and Alvaro Morata usually played that role.

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It is Morocco’s fifth appearance at a World Cup. They never made it past the quarter-finals and an appointment with destiny is set for tomorrow. Although the odds are slim, head coach Walid Regragui said the side are “well prepared” and “we will do everything to win”. With team chemistry, leadership and cohesion, Morocco could have the perfect mix to keep surprising.

Anything is possible at the World Cup.

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James Olley describes the key factor behind Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea in the World Cup Round of 16.


Brazil showed a sensational performance

Brazil’s performance against South Korea sums up everything about their style of football. The passing, the trickery, the dancing. Even head coach Tite weighed in after they scored their third goal in less than 30 minutes.

Neymar returned from injury to rev up the squad and scored a goal from the spot. He is just one goal away from equaling Pele’s goal record in Brazil. Vinicius Junior, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta were among the other scorers, although there could have been more considering South Korea squandered chances.

And to ensure every member of his squad gets minutes at the World Cup, Tite brought on third-choice goalkeeper Weverton in the 80th minute. Now everyone is part of the party.

After the game, players held up a flag for Pele, who is currently in hospital after being admitted last week while battling colon cancer.

“I’ll be watching the game from here in the hospital and cheering for each and every one of you,” said Pele, and the boys delivered. Yoga bonito.


Today’s top readings

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why Bruno Fernandes was Portugal’s best player at the World Cup
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Your Best Bets (Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)

If you’re looking to bet on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Daniel Thomas and Dalen Cuff are here to give you essential tips on odds, options and futures. Here’s what we have for Tuesday’s games.

Morocco (+525) vs. Spain (-170), draw (+270)

Dalen cuff: Spain have looked superb for phases of this tournament and have been fantastically fragile in short bursts. This was shown in the game against Japan, where they went from 0-1 to 1-2 in a matter of minutes. I think they’re progressing here but they’re being pushed and vulnerable to handing over a goal to a good Moroccan team. I like it when both teams score (+115).

Paul Carr: Dalen stole my game here. As we’ve seen throughout the group stage, Spain will have a lot of possession and be vulnerable on the break. Both are fine for Morocco. Spain have only conceded three goals in three games, which is the expected 2.7 goals conceded. However, Spain concede the second best shots of the tournament (0.16 xG/shot), giving opponents good chances to counterattack. Morocco will do the same.

DanielThomas: Spain have had such a strange World Cup so far and that makes it very difficult to judge this game. I take the draw after 90 minutes.

Portugal (-117) vs. Switzerland (+350), draw (+235)

Cuff: Portugal did better than I expected in this tournament. However, the Swiss team did produce results at both last summer’s European Championships and this tournament – particularly when they had to win or draw against Serbia, coming back 3-2 from a 2-1 deficit. This is essentially the same Swiss team that defeated France in the round of 16 of the Euro after trailing 1-3 in the second half. I support them to get a result in 90 minutes, double chance (win/tie) at -107. Or, if you’re feeling aggressive, they’re at +175 to advance.

Automobile: Both teams have been more open than expected so far. Ten goals have been scored in Portugal’s three games and eight in Switzerland, with underlying numbers not far off. That’s why I like over 2.5 goals at +127. It’s always a risky bet in a knockout game that could turn into a tenuous 1-0 game, but I don’t think either team will go for it in this game.

Thomas: Two good teams compete here. I admit it’s going to be tight. I like it when Portugal go through on penalties (+850).

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Ale Moreno responds to Fernando Santos’ comments that he is unhappy with Cristiano Ronaldo.


Messages and Notes

  • Portugal coach Fernando Santos criticized Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to his substitution in Friday’s group game against South Korea. The Portugal captain looked visibly frustrated when he was substituted in the second half of the 2-1 defeat as cameras caught the 37-year-old appearing to say: “He’s in a hurry to replace me.” Santos said he didn’t see the footage at first, but after seeing it said, “I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it at all. From there it’s the things you settle internally, and now let’s think about tomorrow’s game. Everyone’s focused on the game.” Santos then declined to confirm whether Ronaldo would be called up for Tuesday’s round of 16 match against Switzerland at the Lusail Stadium – possibly his last game at a World Cup.

  • Didier Deschamps will ban his players from wearing jewelry after saying Jules Kounde was “very lucky” to escape his anger after being told to wear a gold necklace in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Poland lose weight. Barcelona defender Kounde was forced off the pitch when referee Jesus Valenzuela spotted the full-back’s gold chain on the outside of his shirt. “He [Kounde] Shouldn’t have gone into the game with that on,” said Deschamps. “I don’t know what’s on his chain, but I know he’s a bit superstitious and wears it in training too.” England on Saturday, with the two countries meeting at a World Cup for the first time since the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

  • England’s Raheem Sterling has left England’s World Cup camp in Qatar and has returned home after his home was broken into. The 27-year-old Chelsea striker missed a 3-0 World Cup Round of 16 win over Senegal after discovering his home in Surrey had been broken into on Saturday night. The police statement said authorities were contacted Saturday night “after residents of the property returned home to find that a number of items, including jewelry and watches, had been stolen.” England captain Kane said: “Our thoughts are with him and his family. It’s a private matter but it’s never easy to bring something like this up to one of your team-mates and friends.”

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