The World Cup threw up one of its biggest shocks so far yesterday, with Morocco beating Spain to reach the quarter-finals.
The north Africans are into the last eight, after defeating Spain on penalties.
Goalkeeper Bono was the hero, making three brilliant saves in the shootout.
Morocco put in a fantastic display defensively and were able to keep Spain out for 120 minutes.
Former Wolves star Romain Saiss put in another colossal performance at the back, and even finished the game having hurt his hamstring.
Morocco were fully worth their win, with Spain’s possession football proving ineffective.
They plundered seven past Costa Rica in their opening game. But that result turned out to be a complete one-off, as Enrique’s men were completely lacking in the final third against Morocco. The also struggled against Germany and Japan.
There were crying out for someone to make a difference up top.
And one wonders if Enrique might now have some regrets about not including Adama Traore in his final squad for Qatar.
Traore has not played for the national team since September 2021. He only has eight caps, and it’s clear he has never really been in favour with Enrique.
But watching Spain yesterday, Traore could have made a difference.
Morocco were ultimately fairly comfortable dealing with Spain and their passing game.
It was clear that La Roja needed to do something different, and Wolves man Traore is absolutely that. He would have provided an entirely new headache for the Moroccan players.
Luis Enrique should have named Adama Traore in his final World Cup squad for Spain
Spain have typically always played possession football.
Their team has always contained really technical and intricate players, and that has brought huge success in the past.
But Spain were always likely to eventually come up against a team that was simply too stubborn.
Yesterday’s game felt like it was made for Wolves’ £18 million man Traore.
He is totally different to any of the other attackers Spain have. He has that X-factor.
Yes, his end product still leaves a lot to be desired. But Enrique should have named him in his final squad, especially with him being able to pick 26 players. If anything, for potential situations like yesterday.
He overlooked the 26-year-old, and might well have some regrets about that decision.