Doha, Ap. Spain coach Luis Enrique said before the match against Morocco that he does not take the penalty shootout like a lottery, so the Spanish players have practiced 1000 penalty kicks. Practiced, but in front was one of the best goalkeepers in the Spanish league La Liga, Yasin Bonu. He did not allow a single Spanish kick to cross the goalpost and ended Spain’s journey in the last-16. It wasn’t just Yacine Bonu who shocked Spain, but Madrid-born Ashraf Hakimi, who took the final spot kick for Morocco, broke their dreams. Morocco beat Spain 3–0 in the penalty shootout.
Tikitaka also did not work
The young Spain team, once again showing Tiquitaca style, were able to keep the ball with more than a thousand passes, but could not score. From the first half itself, the team got many chances but could not convert any of them into goals. This was the second blow for the Spanish team, which was the victim of a reversal from Japan. The team was able to win only from Costa Rica in this World Cup. They played a draw with Germany in their group stage match. Spain’s youth brigade was led by Sergio Busquets. In such a situation, the Moroccan defenders kept the pressure on him and did not give him much chance to pass the ball to the forward strikers.
divert attention again
The Moroccan team, which reached the last-16 by trampling the world’s number two team like Belgium in the group stage match, attracted all the attention by another upset. Morocco is the world number 22 team. Hardly anyone would have thought before the start of the tournament that this time this African team will not only top the group stage, but will also reach the quarter-finals for the first time after many upsets. Although Spain had more possession of the ball in the match, Morocco had six attempts at the post, two of which were on target. The surprising thing is that Spain made 13 attempts and only once hit the target. Young Spain could not handle the pressure, Spain’s young team lacked experience in big matches. Despite having more than 75 percent of the ball with him, he could not dodge the Moroccan defense line.
Romain Saiss, Aguard and Hakimi remained like a fort for Morocco in this match as well, breaking them is like chewing noses in this World Cup. The pressure on Spain was clearly visible in the penalty shootout as well. With Sarabia on pole first, Soler and Busquets’ efforts were easily thwarted by Bonu. In 2010, when the Spanish team was the world champion, he performed Tikitaka style. The team led by Andre Iniesta has been the champion for the only time.
Morocco shines in penalty shootout
Morocco did not miss the chance in the penalty shootout. He was full of self-confidence from the very first attempt. Spain goalkeeper Simón had no chance when Abdelhammed Sabiri took his effort. Only Benayoun’s goal was successfully blocked by Simmons.
Abdelhamed Sabiri – Goal
Hakim Ziyech – Goal
Badr Benaun – Chuke
Ashraf Hakimi – Goal
Pablo Sarabia – Chuke
Carlos Solar – Chuke
Sergio Busquets – Chuke
Morocco will now face Portugal in the quarter-finals. Let us tell you that Portugal defeated Switzerland 6-1 in the last match of the last-16 and confirmed their place in the quarter-finals. The Portugal team, without Ronaldo, scored two goals in the first half itself. Hero of the match, Goncalo Ramos scored the first hat-trick of this World Cup. He scored the first goal in the first half. After that, Pepe doubled the lead by scoring a goal.
Starting XI of both the teams
Spain: Unai Simeone (Goalkeeper) Marcos Llorente, Rodri, Aymeric Leporte, Jordi Alba, Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo.
Morocco: Yassin Bounou (goalkeeper) Ashraf Hakimi, Nayef Aguird, Romain Saiss, Noussair Mazrouei, Azzedine Unahi, Sofyan Amrbat, Selim Amallah; Hakim Ziech, Youssef En-Nesri, Sophian Boufal.
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Edited By: Piyush Kumar