World Cup 2022: Morocco Set 2 Stunning Records in Qatar After Epic Win Over Spain

World Cup 2022: Morocco Set 2 Stunning Records in Qatar After Epic Win Over Spain

  • Morocco have been impressive at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, having already booked a spot in the quarters
  • Walid Regragui's charges booked a spot in the last eight after they secured a memorable win over Spain in the round of 16
  • The North African's stunned Spain 3-0 in an epic penalty shootout to set up a crunch clash against Portugal in the quarters
  • Morocco's thrilling win over the European football powerhouse saw them set two incredible World Cup records

Morocco have inked their name in the World Cup history books following their thrilling win over Spain on Tuesday evening.

The Atlas Lions staged a brave performance against the 2010 World Cup winners in their last 16 meeting to book a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Walid Regragui-tutored side forced Spain to a 0-0, with neither side finding the back of the net during regulation time.

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Morocco players celebrate during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Education City Stadium. Photo by Quality Sport Images.
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The tie had to be decided via a penalty shootout after the extra time equally failed to produce a winner.

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Morocco eventually emerged as the victors, with Spain failing to score any of their spot kicks.

Pablo Sarabia, Sergio Busquets, and Carlos Soler all took penalties for Spain but failed to beat Yassine Bounou, who was between the sticks for Morocco.

On their part, Sabiri and Hakim Ziyech scored for the north Africans, with PSG ace Achraf Hakimi scoring the winning penalty.

The goalless draw during regulation time means Morocco are the first African country in history to keep three clean sheets during a World Cup campaign.

The team are also the first African nation to win a World Cup shootout.

Morocco, who will be playing their first World Cup quarter-final, are scheduled to face Portugal in the next round of the tournament.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported the President of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto'o has congratulated Morocco for becoming the fourth African country to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

The Atlas Lions stunned 2010 champions Spain to reach the last eight after a penalty shootout victory on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was Morocco's hero after saving two kicks, with Achraf Hakimi putting the icing on the cake with an expertly taken penalty.