FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco reach quarter-finals for the first time

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FIFA World Cup 2022 : Another major upset has been seen in the FIFA World Cup 2023. Morocco, ranked 22nd in the world, crashed out of the tournament after defeating 2010 champions Spain in the pre-quarterfinals. Morocco beat Spain 3-0 in a penalty shootout and reached the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup history.

The match played at the Education Stadium in Doha saw a tough fight between the two teams and neither team could score a goal even after 120 minutes. After this, the result was drawn from the penalty shootout between the two. Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bonou brilliantly saved two Spanish penalties in the second shootout of the Qatar World Cup. While Moroccan players managed to score 3 goals. Morocco will now face the winner of the match between Portugal and Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

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Notably, this is Morocco’s best performance in World Cup history. The team had earlier traveled till the pre-quarterfinals in 1986. After the match ended goalless in regular and then extra time, in the penalty shootout, Moroccan goalkeeper Yassin Bounou showed great concentration and made several brilliant saves to deny Spain a goal.

In the shootout, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Hakim Ziyech and Ashraf Hakimi scored for Morocco, while Badr Benoun missed. Spain’s Pablo Sarabia’s penalty hit the post, while kicks by Carlos Soler and captain Sergio Busquets were brilliantly saved by Moroccan goalkeeper Bonou.

This was the fourth meeting between the two teams and the Moroccan team has been successful in defeating Spain for the first time. Earlier, out of three matches, Spain won two while one was a draw. For the second time in a row, the Spanish team has been eliminated in the pre-quarter-finals of the World Cup after losing in the penalty shootout. Last time (2018) he was defeated by the host Russia.

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