Morocco beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

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Spain, the 2010 champions, failed to qualify for the last 8 to try to win the World Cup for the second time while Morocco reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

Morocco's players celebrate at the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Morocco and Spain at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 6, 2022.QATAR - Achraf Hakimi struck the decisive penalty to send Spain crashing out and Morocco into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time, winning 3-0 in a shoot-out on Tuesday after a 0-0 draw.

Spain had been hoping they could repeat their 2010 World Cup triumph after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020, where they were also beaten on penalties by Italy. Spain monopolised the ball, with Morocco's fans furiously whistling with their side out of possession. The Barcelona midfield terrier was at his most intense, smashing into challenges left, right and centre, even diving to make one with his head.Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou tipped a Gavi strike on to the crossbar, though it would have been ruled offside, while Asensio drilled into the side-netting, although Spain created little.Regragui's side sat deep defensively and threatened on the counter, with Unai Simon beating away a long range effort from Noussair Mazraoui.

Morocco responded in the additional period by finding stability and testing Simon, who made a fine save with his legs to deny Walid Cheddira after he broke in down Spain's left flank.

 

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