World Cup 2022: How Gavi Retaliated After Being Shoved by Morocco’s Saiss

World Cup 2022: How Gavi Retaliated After Being Shoved by Morocco’s Saiss

  • Morocco have qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after beating Spain in the knockout
  • There was some drama in the second half as Spanish midfielder Gavi retaliated after being showed by Saiss
  • The African side won the match 3-0 on penalties and will go into the quarterfinal battle with Portugal

Video has emerged on social media where Spain international Gavi was spotted retaliating on the pitch after being shoved by Morocco's captain Romain Saiss.

The incident happened during the 2022 World Cup round of 16 encounter between Spain and Morocco in which the African nation qualified for the quarterfinal after winning on penalties.

In the 77th minute, Saiss was running to the referee to make a complaint, and thereby shoved Gavi in which the Barcelona youngster turned back to face the Moroccan.

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Gavi, Spain, Morocco, Saiss, World Cup 2022, Qatar
Spain's Gavi retaliated after being shoved by Morocco's captain Saiss. Photo by Manuel Reino
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Spanish defender Jordi Alba intervened immediately and pushed Gavi away.

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What was the result?

The game ended goalless after 120 minutes before Morocco went on to win 3-0 on penalties to set up a quarterfinal clash with Poland.

Portugal on the other hand defeated Switzerland 6-1 in their own round of 16 game with Goncalo Ramos netting hat-trick.

Details about Gavi

Gavi started his career at La Liara Balompie, a club in his hometown, where he spent two years, between 2010 and 2012.

From there he moved on to Real Betis's youth academy, where he spent two seasons.

He has been with Barcelona since 2015 and got promoted into the main team in 2021 and has so far featured in 48 games netting two goals.

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Gavi could retire from football

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Barcelona and Spain star Gavi could be faced with the tough predicament - choosing between his highly promising career or love.

A member of Spain's Royal Family, Princess Leonor is said to have a huge crush on Gavi. The princess recently received a signed shirt from the midfielder.

Her father, King Felipe VI was in Doha, Qatar to watch Spain's opening game against Costa Rica. After the game, he told Gavi that his daughter 'loved him' and in turn, Gavi responded by sending her a signed shirt.

It is said that Princess Leonor is smitten by the 18-year-old. Football Espana reports that her school folder is filled with pictures of the Barcelona star.

Source: Sports Brief News