Spain penalty curses continue at the World Cup as Morocco shocked Spain on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes to reach the World Cup quarter finals for the first time in their history.

The match was filled with little or no chance at all with Morocco defending well and Spain keeping onto the ball but not being effective.

In the first half, Achraf Hakimi whipped a 25-yard free-kick narrowly over the top, while Marco Asensio lashed into the side-netting after an excellent run to beat the offside trap.

There me wasn’t any clear cut chance or major attacking threat until Walid Cheddira fired a shot straight ast Unai Simon when Morocco broke on a rare counterattack.

In the last minutes of the 120, Pablo Sarabia hit the post with a chance that would have broken the heart of Moroccans and all Africans.


In the shootout, Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets all missed from 12 yards as they lost their third successive shootout to exit an international tournament – Achraf Hakimi supplying the coupe de grâce with a Panenka for a 3-0 victory.

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