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WATCH: Hakimi sends Morocco to World Cup quarter-final with panenka penalty against Spain

22:10 GMT+4 06/12/2022
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Achraf Hakimi's cheeky penalty knocked Spain out of the World Cup on Tuesday, ensuring Morocco advanced to the quarter-final for the first time.
  • Morocco reach World Cup last eight
  • Madrid-born Hakimi scores stunning penalty
  • First World Cup quarter-final in nation's history

WHAT HAPPENED? Morocco secured their spot in the World Cup quarter-final by beating Spain on penalties thanks to some heroics from Yassine Bounou in goal, but also thanks to a decisive spot kick from Hakimi, who sent Unai Simon to the shops with a cool, dinked effort down the middle of the goal.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Hakimi, who was born in Madrid and eligible to represent Spain, scored the match-winning penalty to ensure Morocco became the fourth African nation to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup in the tournament's history. And while his effort was absolutely brilliant, the same cannot be said for Spain's spot-kicks, which was quite the shock considering Luis Enrique revealed La Roja had practiced 1,000 penalties to avoid heartbreak in exactly this fashion.

WHAT NEXT FOR MOROCCO? Walid Regragui's side have now booked their spot in the quarter-final on December 10, but must wait to see who their opponents will be.