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FIFA World Cup 2022: Twitter reacts as Morocco upset Spain on penalties

The 2010 World Cup winners had more than 75% of the ball and completed nearly 800 passes, but they were unable to make a move inside of 90 minutes.

The Morocco men's football team in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/FIFA World Cup)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Dec 7, 2022 | 1 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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After a scoreless draw on Tuesday, Morocco shocked Spain by defeating them in a penalty shootout to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. Spain had the majority of the ball in the first half but was unable to get past a stubborn Moroccan defence. The best opportunity of the half was a close-range header over by Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd. The 2010 World Cup winners had more than 75% of the ball and completed nearly 800 passes, but they were unable to make a move inside of 90 minutes, forcing the game into overtime. Morocco had the better opportunities, but they missed two one-on-one opportunities, leaving the score tied and forcing a penalty shootout.

It was Morocco’s first shootout at a World Cup finals while Spain had participated in five shootouts before, but Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou emerged as a hero by saving Spain’s second and third attempts to help the North African team to a 3-0 victory. As a result, Morocco has now advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. There, they will play the winner of the later-on Tuesday match between Portugal and Switzerland. Spain was eliminated from the World Cup on penalties for the second time in a row, making it four times overall.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the round of 16 shocker.



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