Every World Cup gives us a chance to fall in love with football again thanks to a "Cinderella Story", and this year's has to be the one involving Morocco, who have just ended Spain's chances of winning the title in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Prior to the match, coach Luis Enrique stated that Spain's players had taken 1,000 practice penalties. Those efforts seem to have been for nothing, as La Roja were not able to drill one past goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, the hero of the day for Morocco.
Speaking about the Sevilla goalkeeper, Bono nabbed a piece of history for himself during this shootout, as he accomplished a feat no other African goalkeeper had done before.
| QUICK STAT— Sofascore (@SofascoreINT) December 6, 2022
Bono has today become the first African goalkeeper ever to save two penalties in a single #FIFAWorldCup penalty shootout.
The hero of Morocco's historical win! #MARESP #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/5LnZbKC8g7
Prior to this match, Morocco had never gone past the Round of 16 in a FIFA World Cup, with their best result taking place in 1986, when they reached the Round of 16 for the first time in their history. Today, they have joined an elite list of African nations to grace the Quarterfinals with their presence.
The fourth African team to reach the men's World Cup quarterfinals.— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 6, 2022
MOROCCO MAKE HISTORY pic.twitter.com/z8aNIWOsZd