Bounou the hero as Morocco beat Spain on penalties to reach quarters

Doha: Achraf Hakimi scored the winning penalty as Morocco reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in history beating Spain 3-0 in the shootout at Education City Stadium on Tuesday.   

Both the teams failed to score in real time as well as in the extra time despite creating several chances. 

The Moroccans were far superior in penalties against the 2010 champions taking a 2-0 lead through Abdelhamid Sabiri and Hakim Ziyech, with Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou blocking Barragan Carlos Soler strike after Pablo Sarabia hit the post in Spain’s first spot kick.

Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon gave Enrique Luis’ side hope by stopping Badr Benoun’s attempt but Bounou blocked Sergio Busquets hit by diving to his right, with Hakimi scoring the winner. 

It was a brilliant performance by Morocco, who were well organised in defense not allowing much spaces to title-contenders Spain, who thumped Costa Rica 7-0 in their first group match.