Spain's Shocking World Cup Exit Leaves Fans in Disbelief, Full of Praise for Morocco

Joe TanseyDecember 6, 2022

AL RAYYAN, QATAR - DECEMBER 06: Abdelhamid Sabiri of Morocco celebrates in the penalty shoot out during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Education City Stadium on December 06, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Spain was knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on penalties by Morocco on Tuesday in Qatar.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

HAKIMI WINS IT FOR MOROCCO <br><br>MOROCCO IS MOVING ON ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ <a href="https://t.co/zlA17MUgJa">pic.twitter.com/zlA17MUgJa</a>

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

THEY DID ITโ€ผ๏ธ<br><br>MOROCCO IS MOVING ON TO THE QUARTERFINALS ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ <a href="https://t.co/htO3d7QxPU">pic.twitter.com/htO3d7QxPU</a>

CBS Sports Golazo โšฝ๏ธ @CBSSportsGolazo

It had to be Achraf Hakimi ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ<br><br>โœ… Born in Madrid<br>โœ…Graduated from Real Madrid's academy<br>โœ…Decided to represent his parental country, Morocco <br>โœ…Scores a panenka to knock Spain out of the World Cup <a href="https://t.co/jjsGTzj4Th">pic.twitter.com/jjsGTzj4Th</a>

Spain had two of its penalties saved by Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

SAVED BY BONO<br><br>Morocco: โœ…โœ…<br>Spain: โŒโŒ <a href="https://t.co/lIjFeutThe">pic.twitter.com/lIjFeutThe</a>

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

BONO DOES IT AGAIN<br><br>Morocco: โœ…โœ…โŒ<br>Spain: โŒโŒโŒ <a href="https://t.co/9KS4EQuIwG">pic.twitter.com/9KS4EQuIwG</a>


Morocco celebrated their Round of 16 win against Spain by tossing their GK in the air โค๏ธ<br><br>He saved all three penalties from Spain! ๐Ÿ‘ <a href="https://t.co/EhU3cva02g">pic.twitter.com/EhU3cva02g</a>

The loss marked the third time in a row penalties eliminated La Roja at a major tournament.

Gareth Wheeler @GarethWheeler

Spain lose in penalties again. 3rd straight major tournament they lose a penalty shootout.<br><br>2018 World Cup: Rnd 16 to Russia<br>2020 EURO: Semi-final to Italy<br>2022 World Cup: Rnd 16 to Morocco<br><br>12 different penalty takers over that span. 7 misses. Nightmare.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ESP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ESP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MARESP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MARESP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/qatar2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#qatar2022</a>

Squawka @Squawka

โ—Ž 5-4 vs Belgium (1986)<br>โ—‰ 3-2 vs Ireland (2002)<br>โ—Ž 5-3 vs South Korea (2002)<br>โ—Ž 4-3 vs Russia (2018)<br>โ—Ž 3-0 vs Morocco (2022)<br><br>Spain have now lost four World Cup penalty shootouts, more than any other nation. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ <a href="https://t.co/vMJGvouNOq">pic.twitter.com/vMJGvouNOq</a>


Luis Enrique told his Spain side to practice 1,000 penalties before the World Cup.<br><br>They scored zero in their shootout with Morocco ๐Ÿค <a href="https://t.co/v5ohTgF00n">pic.twitter.com/v5ohTgF00n</a>

Spain controlled the match with an overwhelming edge in possession, but it was unable to find the finishing touch in the final third.

Duncan Alexander @oilysailor

Spain won 7-0 then averaged 1356 passes per goal in their next three games

John Muller @johnspacemuller

Spain completing 100% of their passes to Moroccoโ€™s goalkeeper

Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman

Spain vs Russia. 2018<br><br>Spain vs Morocco. 2022<br><br>As if it was deja vu all over again.

Keith Healy @keefkong

Morocco played for that &amp; got what they deserved! Fair play ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป<br><br>Spain bore me tbh so Iโ€™m glad theyโ€™re outโ€ฆ <br><br>Pass pass pass nothing <br>Pass pass pass pass <br>Pass pass pass nothing <br>Pass pass pass pass <br>Pass pass pass nothing <br>Pass pass pass pass <br>๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿฅฑ<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup</a>

williams deadly oar @OarDeadly

Spain out and only themselves to blame, itโ€™s alright having the ball all the time but there has to be some sort of end product, so many times they got in behind on the wing just to turn back and start the passing again in front of the Moroccan defence or even shoot FFS

Morocco became the fourth-ever African team to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MAR</a> Morocco eliminates <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ESP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ESP</a> Spain on penalties to reach its first <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup</a> Quarterfinals.<br><br>Morocco is the 4th African team to reach the FIFA WC Quarterfinals and 1st since Ghana in 2010. <a href="https://t.co/mm6YPsXprQ">pic.twitter.com/mm6YPsXprQ</a>


Morocco have conceded just ONE goal through 4 World Cup matches and are now headed to their FIRST EVER World Cup quarterfinal ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ<br><br>They drew Croatia and defeated both Belgium and Spain in the process ๐Ÿ˜ฎ<br><br>What an incredible story ๐Ÿ‘ <a href="https://t.co/KPIKwEBX0J">pic.twitter.com/KPIKwEBX0J</a>

Tim Vickery @Tim_Vickery

I really don't consider that an upset. Entirely predictable. Of all the last 16 opponents - France and Brazil included - Morocco was the worst possible match up for Spain

Michael Cox @Zonal_Marking

World Cup knockout shocks (let's say nations outside the 10ish pre-WC favourites eliminating one of them) donโ€™t happen often. Spain probably the victim of the last 3: South Korea 2002, Russia 2018, Morocco 2022. All on penalties. The first two were hosts, Morocco feel like hosts.

Football Daily @footballdaily

LOOK AT WHAT IT ๐Œ๐„๐€๐๐’. ๐Ÿ˜<br><br>An African side WILL be in the final eight of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup</a> <a href="https://t.co/OpoV0uX1Df">pic.twitter.com/OpoV0uX1Df</a>

Jamie Kemble @JamieKemble

Huge credit to Morocco, though. Insane commitment to the block. Let Spain play themselves into a coma knowing they wouldn't wake up in time for penalties.

ishan shapoo @ShapooIshan

Well done Morocco. They beat favourites Spain to advance to the quarter-finals.<br>Here they celebrate by doing the sajda shukr (prostration of gratification).<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup2022</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Spain?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Spain</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MoroccovsSpain?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MoroccovsSpain</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Morocco?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Morocco</a> <a href="https://t.co/rKwT6OoXdE">pic.twitter.com/rKwT6OoXdE</a>

Morocco still has not conceded a goal awarded to an opposing player. Its only concession in group play was on an own goal against Canada.

Morocco moves on as the only underdog left in the tournament. It will face the Portugal-Switzerland winner in the quarterfinals on Saturday.