Spain goes home. The last African team continues to play at the World Cup

The Morocco team sensationally defeated the Spaniards and advanced to the 1/4 finals of the World Cup in Qatar. A penalty shoot-out was needed to decide the winner.

Tuesday’s match of the 1/8 finals with Spain was a chance for Morocco to advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in history. This caused Moroccan fans to try to get tickets at all costs just before the match.

In turn, more than a thousand fans gathered on Monday evening in front of the official ticket sales point to buy tickets at the last minute. Fights broke out in the crowd, and police troops appeared. One fan told Reuters that many people left empty-handed.

Let’s add that Morocco advanced to the knockout stage for the first time since 1986.

Spain’s match

In the first minutes Morocco kept pace with the rivals, the Spaniards tried a surprisingly many overhead passes, but it did not give any result.

After that, the match, as expected, was under the dictation of Spain. Luis Enrique’s men initiated the game for most of the game and tried to “enter the goal” of Morocco.

The Spaniards had their first shot on target only in the second half. Dani Olmo, after a free-kick from the side of the pitch, hit the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper Bono was vigilant.

The Moroccan players had a good situation to close the game. After Hakimi’s rally on the right flank, all that was missing was finishing. Cheddira was blocked in the penalty area.

Morocco could have closed the match in extra time. However, the penalties decided

Extra time, like the whole match, belonged to Luis Enrique’s players. It was the Spanish players who created the game and created goal chances. Effectively, however, the entire Moroccan team, headed by goalkeeper Bono, defended access to the goal.

World Cup 2022. Achraf Hakimi vs. Unai Simon. Morocco thrashed Spain on penalties. photo. PAP/EPA/Friedemann Vogel

In the first half of extra time, the best situation in the match was not used by Cheddir, who found himself “one-on-one” with the goalkeeper and hit the Spanish goalkeeper directly.

Overtime, like regular time, did not determine a winner, so penalties were needed. Bono defended phenomenally in the penalty kick competition, saving two penalties. Interestingly, Luis Enrique’s players did not hit a single penalty, because Pablo Sarabia hit the post.

Match Morocco – Spain

Round of 16: Morocco – Spain 0-0 after extra time, 3-0 on penalties.

Yellow card – Morocco: Romain Saiss. Spain: Aymeric Laporte.

Referee: Fernando Andres Rapallini (Argentina). Viewers 44,667.

Maroko: Bono – Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui (82. Yahia Attiat-Allal), Nayef Aguerd (84. Jawad El Yamiq), Romain Saiss, Sofyan Amrabat – Selim Amallah (82. Walid Cheddira), Azzedine Ounahi (120. Badr Benoun ), Hakim Ziyech – Sofiane Boufal (66. Abde Ezzalzouli), Youssef En-Nesyri (82. Abdelhamid Sabiri).

Hiszpania: Unai Simon – Marcos Llorente, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri Hernandez, Jordi Alba (98. Alejandro Balde) – Gavi (63. Carlos Soler), Sergio Busquets, Pedri Gonzalez – Ferran Torres (75. Nico Williams, 118. Pablo Sarabia) , Dani Olmo (98. Ansu Fati), Marco Asensio (63. Alvaro Morata).

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