History has been made, and Morocco became the first ever Arabic team to reach FIFA World Cup’s quarter-finals after scoring 3 goals in the penalty shoot-out.
The North Africans advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time as La Roja missed all three of their penalties in the shoot-out, while Spain lost.
After a goalless 120-minute match, Morocco’s goalkeeper Yassine Bounou saved penalties from Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets after Pablo Sarabia had struck the post.
Players of the winning team, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Hakim Ziyech, scored a goal, but Badr Benoun was foiled by Unai Simon, resulting in a waiting time for Morocco to confirm their victory. The team finally celebrated when Achraf Hakimi sent Spain’s keeper the wrong way.
During last Tuesday’s match, Spain had controlled possession but struggled to create many chances with only one effort in the first half. Marco Asensio, the Spain player, got in behind the defence but failed to make a shot a goal as he dragged it wide of the near post.
The player of the match is, without a doubt, Yassine Bounou, the goalkeeper of Morocco, who also received the Man of The Match award.
Morocco has ensured the first-ever FIFA World Cup held in a Muslim country still has a Muslim country involved, at the same time sparing the typical carve-up between Europe and South America. With the final result of 3-0 penalties, Morocco has qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time and truly earned it.
Morocco will be up against Portugal for FIFA’s Quater Finals on 10th December 2022 at 11:00 pm (Malaysia Time).