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Keeper helps Morocco oust Spain on penalties into quarters

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-12-07 07:08
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Spain's Pablo Sarabia misses a penalty during the penalty shootout in the Round of 16 match against Morocco of the FIFA World Cup at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, December 6, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

Spain coach Luis Enrique had a couple of surprises in his line-up, with Marcos Llorente, who hadn't played a minute in the World Cup, in at right back, while Marco Asensio returned in attack for top-scorer Alvaro Morata.

It was clear from the start of an intense first 45 minutes that Spain would not alter their passing game, despite losing to Japan in their last match.

Morocco were content to sit deep with their lines close together and close down spaces with Sofiane Boufal and Hakim Ziyech looking to break at pace.

The Moroccan fans made it feel like a home game for Morocco, who put in some full-blooded challenges, although Spain's 18-year-old Gavi - a teenage pitbull in midfield, showed he wasn't to be intimidated.

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