SportsSpain says goodbye to its dream with a cruel ending

Spain says goodbye to its dream with a cruel ending

06 December 2022, Qatar, Al-Rayyan: Morocco players celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 soccer match between Morocco and Spain at the Education City Stadium. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire/dpa – Nick Potts/PA Wire/dpa

Luis Enrique’s men completed a bad penalty shootout, after an even duel; Morocco reaches the quarterfinals for the first time


The Spanish team said goodbye to the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday in the round of 16 in a cruel outcome after a fateful penalty shootout in which Spain missed three shots, after an even duel against Morocco in which ‘La Roja’ dominated possession , while the Africans carried out their plan to celebrate their first quarterfinals in a World Cup.

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Luis Enrique’s men were the owners of the ball in the first half, although without harming a very well planted Morocco and superior physically and in intensity. Both teams were able to get ahead, with an improved Spain already with Morata on the field -he was a substitute- but the match needed an extension, with the Africans somewhat more in tune, and penalties.

In the shootout, Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets all missed their shots, in a good performance by the hero of the night Yassine Bono, while the Moroccans only missed one, off Benoun’s boots. As already happened in Russia 2018, Spain says goodbye in the first World Cup qualifier and does not achieve the long-awaited ticket to the quarterfinals.

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