World Cup 2022: Boufal’s Dribble of Spain's Llorente Goes Viral

World Cup 2022: Boufal’s Dribble of Spain's Llorente Goes Viral

  • Boufal sent Llorente the wrong way with his incredible skill on Tuesday evening
  • Morocco, the only remaining African side, take on Spain in the World Cup's last 16
  • The Atlas Lions also went into the game as one of the few remaining unbeaten teams

Morocco winger Sofiane Boufal lit up social media on Tuesday, December 6 with an impeccable piece of skill during the World Cup round of 16 clash against Spain.

The Atlas Lions went into the game with everything at stake, knowing a solid performance could be enough to send them to the quarter-final.

They played quite positively in the first half, exhibiting some bravery against a Spain side which thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 a few days ago.

Boufal, Morocco, Spain, Marcos Llorente
Sofiane Boufal of Morocco is challenged by Marcos Llorente of Spain during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match. Photo by Clive Brunskill
Source: Getty Images

Both sides clearly had a personality, with Morocco content with Spain having the lions’ share of possession and hitting the Spaniards on the counter.

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One incident that certainly left fans buzzing was one involving Angers winger Boufal and Spain right-back Marcos Llorente.

Boufal proved to be a menace for Spain throughout the game with his skills and quick feet, but no one felt his prowess on the ball more than Llorente.

Midway through the first half, Boufal got the ball down the left, and was in a one-on one situation with Llorente, who had been trusted with a starting place in the squad by Luis Enrique.

Boufal did brilliantly to beat the Atletico Madrid defender with two fake steps that completely left the defender off balance.

Fans certainly enjoyed the piece of skill, and they took to social media to praise Boufal at the expense of Llorente.

Morocco’s best chance of the first half fell the way of West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd, whose header from point-blank range somehow went over the bar.

King Mohammed’s message to Morocco

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on King Mohammed XI’s message to the Morocco team after their heroics against Spain on Tuesday.

After the game, the king hailed the historic performance of the national team, who have lived up to the expectations and aspirations of the large and valiant Moroccan public that supports them in their homeland, in Qatar, and around the world.

North Africa Post reports that King Mohammed VI called on the team to stay their course in the competition, and to continue honouring football to carry the flag of the kingdom high.