World Cup 2022: Busquets Believes Spain Lost in Cruellest Fashion

World Cup 2022: Busquets Believes Spain Lost in Cruellest Fashion

  • Sergio Busquets missed a crucial penalty as Spain were eliminated from the World Cup
  • The Barcelona star believes his team did everything they could to remain in the Mundial
  • Morocco became the first African nation to win a penalty shootout in World Cup history

Sergio Busquets doesn't believe Spain deserved to be knocked out of the World Cup just yet.

The Spanish side were dumped out of the tournament after they were beaten on penalties by Morocco.

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Sergio Busquets failed to convert his penalty as Spain were beaten in the shootout by Morocco, but he believes his side didn't deserve to be eliminated. Image: Alex Livesey/ Anthony Dibon.
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La Roja failed to convert any of their spot kicks, while the Atlas Lions scored three.

Busquets, who missed one of the European nation's penalties, said that they were eliminated in the cruellest way, Barca Universal reported.

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“We did things to deserve to stay in the World Cup, and at the end of the game, we had a chance. We’re leaving in the cruelest way,” Busquets said.

The Barcelona player also refused to talk about his future with the national team, instead saying that tonight was about the team as a whole and not him as a player.

"It is a difficult night and we will have to get up and use this experience. There are youngsters who will benefit from this. It will help a lot and we have to keep on going."

Morocco will now move on to the tournament's quarter-final stage, where they will face either Portugal or Switzerland.

Morocco makes African shootout history

The North Africans became the first nation from the continent to win on penalty shootouts in the history of the World Cup, Sports Brief reported.

The Atlas Lions beat Spain 3-0 on penalties, after a nerve-shredding 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 set two stunning records

Morocco have inked their name in the World Cup history books, following their thrilling win over Spain on Tuesday evening, December 6.

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

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