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Spain Goes Down

In another World Cup upset, Morocco defeated Spain 3-0 in penalty kicks yesterday after neither team scored through extra time. The win boots Spain and makes Morocco the first Arab nation ever to enter the quarterfinals. With Portugal's 6-1 rout of Switzerland later in the day, the quarterfinal matchups are set. Watch a five-minute recap here.

Coming into yesterday's match, Spain's offense had scored a tournament-high nine goals through three group stage games, while Morocco's defense had allowed only one goal. Although Spain possessed the ball almost 75% of the game and made four times as many passes as Morocco, it only had one shot on goal (see game stats). Morocco's Achraf Hakimi clinched the win with a soft penalty kick chip shot to the center of the goal, known as a panenka after the player who invented it. The irregular move anticipates the goalkeeper's dive to one side by sending it softly through the middle. Watch famous examples of the kick here.

The World Cup in Qatar has seen several major upsets, including group stage losses from Argentina and Brazil—now both quarterfinalists—to Saudi Arabia and Cameroon, respectively.

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