Morocco vs Spain — After a 0-0 draw in Education City, Morocco stunned Spain to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals on the strength of a penalty shootout goal by right-back Achraf Hakimi.
After Spain missed three penalties and lost the shootout 3-0, Hakimi of Paris Saint-Germain scored with a Panenka penalty. And Morocco became the first Arab country to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament, making history in the process.
1. Superb Morocco defeats Spain, creating history.
After defeating Spain in Education City to become the first team to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals, Morocco. And if they defeat Portugal or Switzerland in Saturday’s last-eight match, the so-called Atlas Lions would become the first country from Africa to get to the semifinals. Morocco vs Spain
In the competition, Walid Regragui’s side had only given up one goal, an own goal, and their defensive organization proved essential in defeating Luis Enrique’s squad. Spain didn’t seem to bother Morocco much, yet the game had to go to penalties since Morocco was unable to score throughout regular and extra time.
And it was at that point that Spain endured the humiliation of losing a penalty shootout without scoring on any of their spot kicks. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou became a national hero after saving penalties from Sergio Busquets and Carlos Soler as well as witnessing Pablo Sarabia hit a post. Spain has now lost four out of five World Cup penalty shootouts following the loss.
However, the opportunity for Morocco to advance even further in this World Cup has now arisen. They won’t be overshadowed by their opponents in the subsequent round, whoever they face. They may still advance all the way to a semifinal matchup with either England or France. Morocco’s advancement ensures that the first World Cup to be held in an Arab nation will
that there is still a team for the entire area to support.
Spain’s goal deficit
Spain was an exception in Qatar 2022. Only England (12) has scored more goals than Spain, who entered the match against Morocco with 10 goals scored during the group stage. However, despite their offensive prowess, Luis Enrique’s team poses little of a goal threat to opponents with good organization.
Because they tried everything against Morocco and never looked like scoring, the 2010 World Cup champions’ 7-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening match has clouded the picture. Alvaro Morata was given the start by Enrique ahead of Marco Asensio, but the Real Madrid forward provided little threat and could only manage to shoot wide with his one open opportunity in the firat half.
However, Morata wasn’t much better when he entered the game shortly after the hour mark. Compared to Asensio, he made more penetration runs, but because of his finishing and awareness, he failed to take advantage of the openings he generated. Nico Williams and Ansu Fati were thrown into the action by Enrique much too slowly.
The two strikers made a difference when they entered the game, allowing Spain to get beyond Morocco’s well-oiled defense. They failed to advance in this competition because they lacked a competitive advantage when it counted.
3. Moroccan supporters urge the squad on
We would all be anticipating an encounter between Argentina and Morocco at Lusail Stadium if the World Cup championship game in Qatar in 2022 were decided by the best fans. You’ve probably heard all about the incredible Argentina fans, who filled every stadium with a sea of blue and white while also being incredibly loud and singing. But the supporters of Morocco have been equally vocal and fervent. The best of them came out in this game. Morocco vs Spain
However, it was the Moroccan fans’ incredible display of color and noise that allowed their team to make the game so challenging for Spain despite the long-standing historical and geographic tensions between Spain and Morocco. However, the enthusiasm for Morocco in Education City went above and beyond simply supporting the Walid Regragui squad. They already carried the hopes of an entire continent as the final African team in the competition, but in the first World Cup held in the Middle East, Morocco’s participation as a team from an Arab country also matters.
All games involving a team from North Africa or the Middle East include several Palestinian flags, and Morocco coach Regragui stated before the game that his players was aware they were representing more than just their nation. \
We enter with a winning mentality, and we intend to raise the Moroccan flag, he declared. “Yes, including all Africans and Arabs. We need their prayers and assistance. Previously, there were only Moroccans present; going forward, we’ll include Africans and Arabs as well.” It’s huge for this World Cup and the area that Morocco has advanced to the quarterfinals.