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Morocco progressed to the Quarter finals of the World Cup for the first time ever as they beat Spain 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw in normal time.

There were limited chances for both sides in the first half. After 26 minutes, Marco Asensio hit the side netting after a lofted ball from Jordi Alba. Spain had one shot in the first half, which is their fewest on record in the opening 45 minutes of a World Cup match.

Morocco were resolute defensively and came close to scoring in the 42nd minute. Sofiane Boufal lifted a ball to Nayef Aguerd who was unmarked in the box, but he sent a header over the bar.

Spain applied pressure to win the tie in normal time. Alvaro Morata flashed a ball across the six-yard box to no avail in the 82nd minute.

Bono then pushed a stoppage time free kick from Dani Olmo away as Morocco were able to reach extra-time.

Morocco came close to opening the scoring in the 104th minute as Walid Cheddira hit a low shot straight at Simon from eight yards out.

Pablo Sarabia nearly broke Moroccan hearts as he hit the post in the 123rd minute, meaning the game went to a penalty shootout.

Morocco won the shootout 3-0 as Spain missed all three penalties taken by Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets.

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May 2024