This December 6, 2022 will remain a significant day in the history of the selection of Morocco. The Atlas Lions have reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time, thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Spain (0-0, 3-0 t.a.b. ). Their goalie, Yassine Bounou, was heroic, causing three Spanish errors (an attempt on the post and two stopped). Finally, Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi scored a panenka.
This distinction is also historic for Africa. It is only the fourth time in World Cup history that a continental team has reached the quarterfinals, following Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010. On November 10th, Morocco will have the opportunity to become the first African country to reach the final round of a World Cup. It will be necessary to defeat Portugal in the quarterfinals.
For Spain, it’s a massive deception with déjà vu overtones. And, as Spain has done for the past four years, la Roja exits the World Cup from the Round of 16 after the endurance test.