Morocco, which unexpectedly won Group F, tried to take advantage of the stumbles of the European giants.
In the previous match between the second and third place winners of the World Cup, the participant of the round of 16 was decided in the last round of the group tournament, because Morocco coped with its task perfectly – after winning four points against the Europeans, it laid the foundation for a 2:1 victory over Canada at the beginning of the game. It gave the African side a group victory that only Croatia could have denied them, but after a penalty was denied midway through the first half due to a dodgy backline, the checkered side decided on a more pragmatic move. A draw allowed them to continue in the tournament
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