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Wednesday, 08 February 2023 02:39 GMT

Morocco dreams to continue writing history with WC getting harder


(MENAFN) As the race for football’s largest prize comes to the most entreating stages, the last eight countries in the running involve most of the nations who usually wins it, barring one jarring – and high celebrated – exception: Morocco.

The North Africans accomplished the unfathomable when they eliminated pre-tournament favorite and powerful Spain in a penalty shootout victory that will go down in World Cup mythology forever.

Achraf Hakimi rewrote football history on Tuesday night with his fearless "Panenka" penalty, earning Morocco the first Arab nation to ever advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Since Ghana's incredible run 12 years ago, the Atlas Lions have represented Africa with honor, becoming the first nation from the continent to make it to the final eight.

Senegal, Cameroon, and Ghana all advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals before to Ghana, but no other African nation has advanced any further, leaving another milestone in Morocco's sights.

On a memorable night, Hakimi was by no means Morocco's sole celebrity.

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