German media has brutally trolled Spain following their 2022 FIFA World Cup elimination against Morocco in the Round of 16 on Tuesday (December 6).
La Roja were beaten 3-0 on penalties to exit in the Round of 16 of the World Cup for the second time running. Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets missed from the spot as Spain became the first team to lose four World Cup shootouts.
Luis Enrique's side had progressed from Group E as the runners-up after losing 2-1 to Japan in their final game. Former Real Madrid forward Hugo Sanchez made a bold claim that they lost deliberately to avoid Brazil later on in the tournament.
German outlet Ran published a photo with the word 'justice' in it and captioned it (via SPORTbible):
"Spain wanted Morocco. Spain got Morocco. Spain is eliminated by Morocco. The DFB team was avenged."
Spain's 2-1 loss to Japan eliminated Germany in the group stage as La Roja snuck ahead of them on goal difference. The Mannschaft had beaten Costa Rica 4-2 in a must-win clash, but their progression hopes were dealt a blow as Japan overcame La Roja to unexepctedly win the group.
However, both teams lost in a shootout in the last 16, with Japan losing 3-1 to Croatia and Spain going down 3-0 to Morocco. The first game had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, while the second was goalless.
Interestingly, this is La Roja's third straight exit from a major tournament on penalties. They also lost out to Italy in the Euro 2020 semifinal shootout and to Russia in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Spain's promising 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign ends in a whimper
Spain were among the dark horses at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with Luis Enrique calling up a highly talented squad for their Qatar sojourn.
All the talk of them making it far into the tournament was emboldened after La Roja dispatched Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening game.
Instead of building on that momentum, though, the 2010 world champions went downhill thereafter, scoring only two more goals in their next three games against Germany, Japan and Morocco.
In all three games, La Roja were generally passive, struggling to capitalise on their ball possession and lacked a serious focal point upfront. However, this is a squad with plenty of talented young guns, which could bounce back.