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Morocco knock out Spain, book Quarter finals spot

Morocco is through to the Quarter finals of the ongoing World Cup in Qatar. The African team defeated Spain in a penalty shoot out after a…

Morocco is through to the Quarter finals of the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.

The African team defeated Spain in a penalty shoot out after a goalless encounter.

The neighbours met at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Morocco, who have conceded just one goal through four matches in the ongoing competition are now headed to their first ever World Cup quarterfinal.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup champion, dominated possession but were unable to break through against their disciplined opponent.

Spanish-born Achraf Hakimi scored the decisive spot-kick after Spain squandered all three of their attempts in the penalty shootout.

Hakimi, a product of the Real Madrid youth system, calmly slotted his penalty past Unai Simon in Spain’s goal to seal Morocco’s 3-0 win in the shootout.

The Atlas Lions are the first African team to reach the World Cup quarter finals since Ghana in 2010.