Morocco beat Spain on penalties to reach quarter-finals

Morocco beat Spain on penalties to reach quarter-finals
# 06 December 2022 21:55 (UTC +04:00)

Morocco defeated Spain 3-0 on penalties as the European team crashed out of the World Cup, leaving fans at the Qatar stadium in tears, APA reports citing EuroNews.

Yassine Bounou saved two of Spain's three penalties as Morocco pulled the upset of the 2022 World Cup knockout rounds in a penalty kick win over the 2010 champions.

Achraf Hakimi calmly chipped the ball down the middle past a diving Unai Simon for the game-clinching penalty. The game went to penalty kicks after the two sides tied 0-0 in regulation and failed to score a goal in extra time.

Spain has never lost in the three last meetings with Morocco.

Morocco featured in the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time. In 1986, they reached round 16, losing to Germany 1-0.It’s the first time Morocco has ever made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

The Moroccans will play the winner of Portugal and Switzerland on Saturday.

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