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Morocco beat Spain 3-0 in penalty shootout to advance to World Cup quarter-final

Morocco beat Spain 3-0 in the penalty shootout to advance to the 2022 World Cup quarter-final in Qatar on Tuesday.

The Moroccan men’s national team has advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in their history.

Morocco have not even conceded a single goal against Croatia, Belgium and Spain in 270 minutes of football.

They only conceded one goal in the group stage and remained unbeaten in the tournament.

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Hakimi scored the winning penalty for Morocco after S. Busquets, C. Soler and P. Sarabia missed their penalties for Spain.

Spain enjoyed plenty of possession at the Education City Stadium with Morocco content to sit back and absorb the pressure, waiting for their chance to counter-attack.

Marco Asensio had Spain’s best chance but could only fire into the side netting.

This will be the seventh time Spain play extra time at the World Cup. Only once in their previous six instances did either team grab a winner, and it was a big one – Spain’s triumph over the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final.

Morocco has experienced extra time at the tournament for the very first time.

Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, and Ghana have all been eliminated from the tournament, leaving Morocco as the only African nation present.

Morocco will be facing the winner between Portugal and Switzerland, who are playing later tonight.

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