Morroco made history by becoming the first Muslim country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Quater Final by knocking Spain out of the tournament.
The Morroco won 3-0 on penalties after a goalless result on the pitch, becoming the first Arab team to reach the final eight stage of the FIFA World Cup. The fact that Morocco became the first Muslim country to qualify for the quarter-finals was widely celebrated among the Muslim community.
In the eleventh minute, Gavi fouled Sofiane Boufal, giving Morocco a free kick with a good shooting opportunity. Hakimi curved it, but it soared over the bar.
Morrocan player Achraf Hakimi, born and raised in Madrid, scored the decisive penalty that sent Spain out of the tournament.
He ran straight to his mother afterward, kissing and hugging her.
“We are pleased [about] this performance,” one Morrocan fan told Euronews correspondent Kawtar Wakil. “It is a moment of history […] we have done something we have not done in 36 years.”
Wakil, Moroccan, described the win “as a dream come true. They [the squad] made us proud today no matter [if] we win the World Cup or not.”
There were wild celebrations across Morocco on Tuesday night, with King Mohammed VI reportedly out on the streets of Rabat celebrating in public. Huge crowds were seen in the Moroccan capital as people waved flags and let off flares. Morocco celebrates their victory by raising the Palestinian flag and also giving Sajdah to Allah Almighty on the Ground as they won the match.
This was only the second time Morocco featured in the knockout stages of the World Cup. In 1986, the North African team reached round 16 of the World Cup in Mexico, losing to Germany 1-0.
The win was not only celebrated by the Moroccon fans, but the celebrations broke out all over as fans from across the globe celebrated the remarkable achievement.
Now as Morocco reached Quater Final they will either face Portugal or Switzerland in the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup.