Spain lost in World Cup round of 16 after losing to Morocco


Spain went on and on and on.

As a result, they missed out on another chance at World Cup glory, paving the way for one of the biggest surprises of the tournament.

Coming in as a +525 outsider, Morocco stunned Spain in a penalty shoot-out to advance to the quarterfinals. They will face Portugal and Switzerland with the winner of the match.

Moroccan players celebrate after reaching the quarter-finals.

Moroccan players celebrate after reaching the quarter-finals.


Yassine Bounu converted the penalty to give Morocco the win.

Yassine Bounu converted the penalty to give Morocco the win.


Spain's players are struggling after being kicked out of the competition.

Spain’s players are struggling after being kicked out of the competition.


Despite outscoring their opponents 13-6 with 77 percent possession, Spain failed to score in more than 120 minutes of open play. They registered just one shot on target as Morocco’s defense sat deep in their own half and allowed Spain to move the ball harmlessly in front of them in midfield.

The match went to a penalty shoot-out, the second game of the tournament requiring penalty kicks to decide the winner. Croatia beat Japan on penalties on Monday.


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Spain could not score on penalty kicks either. They missed all three, and Morocco hit three of their four shots to win. Star defender Achraf Hakimi fired straight up the middle for the crucial and game-winning strike.

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