6th December, 2022
Africa’s hopeful Morocco reached the quarter-finals of the ongoing World Cup on Tuesday after dumping out Spain 3-0 on penalty shootouts.
The game ended goalless on duration time which necessitated an extra-time. There was no goal after extra-time, as the winner has to be decided through penalties.
Morocco converted three penalties while Spain missed all their three kicks.
Morocco are into the quarter-finals for the first time ever. Only the fourth African team to reach that stage after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
None of those three made it further.
Morocco’s goalkeeper, Badr Benoun, was the hero of the match as he caught two of the penalties.
Achraf Hakimi scored the winning penalty, sending Unai Simon the wrong way and fired the penalty into the middle of the goal.
Earlier on 27th minute, Marco Asensio did not hesitate to shoot inside the box after a neat pass from Jordi Alba. It was a good effort but just missed the left post.
On extra-time, a fine pass found Walid Cheddira in space inside the box, he looked up and drilled a low shot towards the middle of the goal, but the Unai Simon reacted superbly to deny him.