Morocco have navigated their way into the last-16 against the odds – having won a tricky group featuring Belgium and Croatia – though unfortunately for them they’ve still been handed a tough knockout tie against Spain.
Luis Enrique’s men could only come second in their Group E as Japan stunned them by finishing first – and Hakim Ziyech and Co will be confident that their esteemed opponents are beatable.
Spain sent fear into their World Cup rivals by demolishing Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening clash, but since then they’ve stuttered as they drew 1-1 to Germany and then were beaten 2-1 by Japan.
Morocco, on the other hand, were unbeaten in Group F as they drew 0-0 with Croatia and then beat Belgium 2-0 and saw off Canada 2-1.
These two teams last played each other in the 2018 World Cup group stages, with that match finishing 2-2.
As the clash quickly approaches, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know below.
Spain are hopeful of winning the World Cup despite an up-and-down group stage performance
Morocco were one of the shock names to progress having won their group ahead of Croatia
When is Morocco v Spain?
The game will be played on Tuesday, December 6. Kick off is at 3pm GMT, 10am Eastern Time in the United States and 2am in Eastern Australia.
Date: December 6.
Time: 3pm GMT, 10pm Eastern Time in the United States and 6am – 2am in Eastern Australia.
How to watch the match
In the United Kingdom, Morocco vs Spain will be available to watch on ITV 1 and ITVX, their new online streaming service.
US-based viewers will be able to watch the game on the Fox Sports Network, FuboTV, Telemundo and Peacock.
In Australia, the game can be watched on SBS and SBS On Demand.
UK: ITV 1 and ITVX.
US: Fox Sports Network, FuboTV, Telemundo and Peacock.
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand.
ITV have the rights to the game in the United Kingdom this coming Monday, December 5
Where is the game being played?
The match will be played in the Education City Stadium, one of the purpose-built arenas for this tournament based in Doha.
Neither side have played at the stadium before, but it has proven to be a bogey ground for top international teams.
Portugal played at the ground in their final group game as they lost 2-1 to South Korea in the last minute, while France were also beaten by Tunisia here.
Location: Doha, Qatar
Stadium: Education City Stadium
The match will be played at the Education City Stadium, which is bassed in Doha
Morocco v Spain team news
With the last-16 now upon us, both teams will name their strongest squads available as they eye up a place in the quarter-finals.
For Spain, boss Luis Enrique has no fresh concerns in his squad after making five changes for their 2-1 defeat to Japan, with Ferran Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba and Marco Asensio among the names benched for that game. Expect a few of those players to come back in for this one.
As for Morocco, the African nation shouldn’t have too many worries after goalkeeper Yassine Bounou missed their win over Belgium with an eye problem – before returning in the win over Canada – and he’s expected to feature against the Spaniards.
Spain boss Luis Enrique is set to recall his star forward Ferran Torres after leaving him out of their defeat to Japan
Goalkeepers: Yassine Bono, Munir, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti
Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, Romain Saiss, Nayef Aguerd, Achraf Dari, Jawad El-Yamiq, Yahia Attiat-Allal, Badr Benoun
Midfielders: Sofyan Amrabat, Selim Amallah, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Azzedine Ounahi, Bilel El Khanouss, Yahya Jabrane
Forwards: Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, Sofiane Boufal, Zakaria Aboukhlal, Ez Abde, Amine Harit, Ilias Chair, Abderrazak Hamdallah, Walid Cheddira
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Eric Garcia, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Koke
Forwards: Ferran Torres, Nico Williams, Yeremy Pino, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati
Spain starlet Gavi looks set to feature in the starting XI after his impressive campaign so far
Head to head record
Spain have never lost to Morocco in three meetings – winning two and drawing one.
November 12, 1961 – Morocco 0-1 Spain – FIFA World Cup qualifier
November 23, 1961 – Spain 3-2 Morocco – FIFA World Cup qualifier
June 25, 2018 – Spain 2-2 Morocco – FIFA World Cup group stage
Group stage results
Morocco 0-0 Croatia
Belgium 0-2 Morocco
Canada 1-2 Morocco
There were joyous scenes from Morocco’s squad after they won their group with seven points
Spain 7-0 Costa Rica
Germany 1-1 Spain
Japan 2-1 Spain