The reigning World Cup and Euro 2012 champions will not be able to add a gold medal to their list of recent achievements, as Spain’s 0-2-0 Group D record in the men’s soccer tournament has taken the squad out of contention.
However, Spain will still be looking to win their final match of the 2012 London Olympics—and score their first goal of the tournament—when they take on Morocco in both squads’ final match in Group D play.
Morocco is currently in third place in Group D, after finishing with a 2-2 draw against Honduras, despite Zakarya Bergdich’s ejection. Morocco also lost 1-0 to Japan.
Morocco must get a win against Spain in order to have a chance at advancing.
Both squads will try to conclude Group play by winning their first match of the Olympic Games.
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: Wednesday, August 1st, 12:00 p.m. EST
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Spain Team Breakdown
Spain’s Olympic squad includes three players from the Euro 2012 team, in Jordi Alba, Juan Mata and Javi Martinez.
The three players have started in each of Spain’s first two Olympic matches, and Mata’s 10 total shots lead the team.
Mata played for Chelsea last season, and also scored for Spain in the Euro 2012 championship match. Alba also scored a goal in the match.
Mata has two titles this year between Chelsea’s championship and Spain’s Euro 2012 victory.
Adrian, who plays for Atletico Madrid, joins Mata with three shots on goal in the tournament, while Martinez joins him as the only other player in the Olympic Games to have won a World Cup.
Goalkeeper David De Gea has six saves in the two games. De Gea played for Manchester United last season after a transfer from Atletico Madrid.
Morocco Team Breakdown
The captain of Morocco’s senior national team during this year’s African Nations Cup, Houssine Kharja, will attempt to help Morocco advance at the Olympic Games against Spain.
Midfielders Abdelaziz Barrada and Zakaria Labyad have scored Morocco’s two goals in the tournament. Labyad also leads the team with seven total shots.
Goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif has five saves in two games. Amsif was also a member of Morocco’s African Nations Cup team.
Morocco lost in the finals at the African Under-23 Championship, and gave France and Mexico a run at the Toulon Tournament.
Facing a winless team from Spain gives Morocco a chance at taking a huge victory.
Both teams will have a great deal of motivation, and for different reasons. Spain will try to salvage their final match at the 2012 London Olympics, while Morocco still has a chance to advance out of Group D. However, with so much success this year, Spain going winless at the Olympic Games is hard to picture. Look for Spain to win their final Group match against a tremendous effort from Morocco.