The African team advanced to the quarterfinals after beating the European team in the penalty shootout, in one of the most exciting duels of the fair.
In the first half, Spain had possession of the ball, true to form, but failed to trouble goalkeeper Bono. For its part, Morocco tried to recover and quickly counterattack. The African team had some attempts to open the scoring, such as Noussair Mazraoui’s shot that Unai Simón controlled in two halves.
In the complement, the European cast had a free kick from Dani Olmo that deactivated Bono. At minute 81, Álvaro Morata finished off and his shot went close. Morocco ran out of legs in the last stage and had a hard time creating danger. Great game by Sofyan Amrabat in the midfield, covering spaces and starting the game. On the last play of the game, Olmo executed a free kick that required a save by Bono. Goalless in the regulation stage, the match stretched to overtime.
At the end of the first half of the extra period, Walid Cheddira had a shot that Unai Simón saved. In the second half, Spain tried to go with everything but could not find the spaces. In the last of the game, after a cross to the far post, Sarabia finished off but his shot hit the post. In the penalty shootout, the figure of Bono appeared to seal Morocco’s qualification to the quarterfinals. Sevilla’s 1 saved the shots at Soler and Busquets, after Sarabia’s mistake, who crashed his shot into the post. Achraf Hakimi took the penalty and gave the team the pass.
The penalty shootout became the key moment of the match. Goalkeeper Bono, who saves for Sevilla and knows Spain’s kickers well, saved shots from Soler and Busquets. In addition, Soler’s shot hit the post. All this meant that, after Hakimi’s conversion, Morocco is in the quarterfinals for the first time in history.