Morocco caused one of the major upsets of the World Cup so far by knocking out Spain on penalties this evening, and they did so in style, with Madrid-born Achraf Hakimi slotting away a beautiful panenka to seal victory.
The magical moment saw some brilliant scenes on and off the pitch as the Moroccan team celebrated getting to the quarter-finals of the tournament. The historic win proved hard to contain even for the professionals as footage has been shared of journalists and commentators celebrating their national side's win.
New York Times journalist Tariq Panja caught some beautiful images of a reporter in wild jubilation as the match ended, which you can check out below.
The Moroccan reporter behind us here has gone absolutely nuts. Only football does this. Amazing pic.twitter.com/JqSaXG3Wd5
— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) December 6, 2022
It also wouldn't be a World Cup upset if we didn't have national commentary going absolutely mad. Luckily this time BeIN Sports commentator Jawad Badda has provided the goods. The raw emotion is evident in the reporting and there's no better sound in football.
Moroccan commentator for beIN Sports Jawad Badda's reaction to Achraf Hakimi's winning penalty 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Hc4rls4xx7
— Sal (@buseloh) December 6, 2022
Drawing 0-0 with Luis Enrique's men after extra time, the North African nation went on to heroically win in the shootout after Spain missed all three of their penalties, with Sevilla goalkeeper Bono saving two.
Morocco were considered the least likely to lift the trophy of the teams remaining in the final 16. Incredibly, a team is yet to score past them, bar one own goal in the group match against Canada. Only the fourth African team to ever reach a World Cup quarter-finals, Morocco are set to play Portugal on Saturday.
Walid Regragui's men will still be big underdogs against the Portuguese, who put six past a dejected Switzerland. However, Morocco will no doubt carry a belief that has seen them past two of the favourites so far in this tournament.
Edgware Road right now: 🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦 pic.twitter.com/sXg4iJzrvd
— Nnamdi Onyeagwara (@nnamdionye) December 6, 2022