Morocco are into the quarter-finals for the first time ever. Only the fourth African team to reach that stage after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
None of those three made it further.
It’s Portugal or Switzerland for Morocco in the last eight. Live build-up to that last-16 tie has started over here.
Morocco stunned the world by knocking out 2010 World Cup winners Spain from the 2022 edition, with keeper Bono the hero as he saved two kicks. Luis Enrique’s side were dominant throughout but couldn’t find a way through a rugged Moroccan defence, who celebrated wildly at the finale. They will face Portugal or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.
In their round of 16 clash, Morocco and Spain lacked a cutting edge in attack and the underdogs defended valiantly to keep out their European opponents.
The knockout tie went to extra-time and Spain struck the post late on as they came very close to winning the game before a penalty shootout was needed.
The game was decided by penalties. Abdelhamid Sabiri and Hakim Ziyech scored Morocco’s first two spot-kicks while Pablo Sarabia and Carlos Soler failed to score for Spain.
Badr Benoun was unable to net Morocco’s third kick but Sergio Busquets was unable to reduce the deficit with Spain’s third attempt.
Achraf Hakimi then stepped up and audaciously settled the knockout tie with a panenka right down the middle.