When Spain Almost Lost Control of Morocco… Yet Again

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When Spain Almost Lost Control of Morocco… Yet Again

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ast night, during an insane 17 minutes of football that decided the fate of four countries in this World Cup, Spain shockingly found themselves down 2-1 to Morocco. Their defence, and the last-minute sacking of their coach, seems to have failed them on a night where they should’ve technically had a sure win. Spain was playing a North African country that they controlled large parts of until 1956, and is a former World Cup-winning nation.

In real life, Spain’s defences are way up on their border with Morocco. In the last year or so, there has been a surge of mostly sub-Saharan migrants trying to cross the 16- kilometre gap between them and the First World across the Strait of Gibraltar. Many migrants stormed the fences, a few were killed, several became victims of human trafficking once they reached the border. The Spanish border remains one of the most militarised in Europe.

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