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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 July 2018

Herve Renard refuses to discuss his future after defiant World Cup farewell draw

Morocco finished bottom of Group B with one point, but were unlucky not to end their campaign with a memorable win against Spain, after substitute Iago Aspas scored in stoppage time

Morocco manager Herve Renard says he will only talk about his future after the World Cup finishes on July 15. EPA
Morocco manager Herve Renard says he will only talk about his future after the World Cup finishes on July 15. EPA

Morocco manager Herve Renard declined to talk about his future with the national team following an encouraging and defiant 2-2 draw against Spain in their final World Cup match on Monday.

The North Africans finished bottom of Group B with one point, but were unlucky not to end their campaign with a memorable win against Spain, after substitute Iago Aspas scored in stoppage time to earn the 2010 world champions a 2-2 draw.

"For the time being we are savouring the moment," Frenchman Renard, who took charge of Morocco in 2016, said when asked about his future. "I will think of the future later on.

"Let's wait until the end of the World Cup... It's been an exceptional experience. We have learnt a great deal in three matches. We learnt what it is to play at a very high level."

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Morocco showed plenty of attacking intent in the contest and led twice through Khalid Boutaib and Youssef En-Nesyri. Spain had hit back through Isco before Aspas struck late on.

"We would have loved to get a win over Spain, this is why we came here tonight. We suffered just like any other team that takes on Spain," Renard added.

"When you look at the line-up, it's a mix of Real Madrid and Barcelona, so these are outstanding players – so our team should be commended.

"We lacked experience... We needed it in order to progress, but we showed we were able to take on two of the best teams in the world in Spain and Portugal.

"We showed we could represent Morocco in a World Cup. We'll keep this tournament in our minds, it was a magical moment."

The draw helped Spain pip Portugal to top spot on goals scored after both teams were level on five points and the same goal difference. The European champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in the day's other match.