- Achraf Hakimi notched a decisive penalty as Morocco ousted 2010 world champions Spain
- Hakimi pulled off an audacious penalty to send the Atlas Lions into the World Cup last eight
- Morocco has now become the fourth African country to reach this stage of the tournament
France and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe celebrated his teammate Achraf Hakimi, on the back of his heroics against Spain.
Hakimi scored the winning penalty as Morocco shocked Spain on penalty shootouts in their round of 16 clash.
He coolly slotted home a Panenka penalty to bundle Spain, his country of birth, out of the 2022 World Cup.
As the world rejoiced with the North Africans for their remarkable feat of reaching the quarter-finals of the Mundial for the first time in their history, Mbappe took to social media to celebrate his bosom friend and clubmate.
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What's next for Hakimi?
The marauding Moroccan full-back and his teammates will face Portugal in the quarter-finals, a potential chance to break the semi-final glass ceiling for Africa.
Morocco sets remarkable record
Morocco also became the first African nation to win on penalty shootouts in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
The Atlas Lions beat Spain 3-0 on penalties after a nail-biting 90 minutes, plus 30 minutes of extra time.
Walid Regragui's charges sailed through the group stages unbeaten, finishing at the summit of Group F ahead of Belgium, Croatia and Canada.
Morocco dump Spain from Mundial
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Achraf Hakimi struck the decisive penalty to send Morocco into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time, at the expense of 2010 world champions Spain.
La Roja coach Luis Enrique claimed his players prepared for a penalty shootout, yet Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets all missed from the spot.
Walid Regragui's side will face Portugal in what is uncharted territory for them, with their previous best a Round of 16 exit in 1986.
Source: Sports Brief News