Morocco’s Atlas Lions progressed to their first-ever World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain in a thrilling World Cup last 16 match that ended 0-0 after 120 minutes (Morocco won 3-0 on Penalties) on Tuesday.

The North Africans have reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their history after key keeper hero Yassine Bounou’s brilliance. They became the fourth African side to reach this stage.

Impressive coach Walid Regragui who was appointed in August, has guided Morocco to the World Cup quarterfinals after only three months in charge.

Spain’s substitute Sarabia struck the post with his first penalty before Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets were denied by Sevilla goalkeeper Bono in the photo. 

As for Morocco, Sabiri, Ziyech, and Hakimi converted as Benoun saw Morocco’s third spot kick saved by Unai Simon. 

It is a major disappointment for Luis Enrique’s men, who dominated possession and territory and had numerous chances to score but failed to break the Moroccans down. 

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