Spain knocked out of World Cup 2022 by Morocco after dramatic penalty shootout

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Morocco advanced to a first World Cup quarter-final after beating Spain in a penalty shoot-out after a turgid extra-time clash in Doha.

Spain’s bid to reach their first World Cup quarter-final since 2010 ended in frustration and failure on Tuesday as they missed all of their spot-kicks in a penalty-shoot out defeat to Morocco.

Luis Enrique’s side were held at arm’s length by Morocco for 120 minutes before succumbing to a 3-0 defeat on penalties.

Pablo Sarabia hit the post with Spain’s first penalty – and also hit the post off the crossbar in the 119th minute of extra time – before Sergio Busquets and Carlos Soler saw rather tame penalties saved by Yassine Bounou in the Morocco goal.

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Morocco’s win was sealed in cheeky fashion by their star player Achraf Hakimi, who beautifully slotted the ball past the stranded Unai Simon.

The result marks the first time Morocco have reached the World Cup quarter-finals, while Spain have now advanced from three consecutive major tournaments on penalties.

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