Sofiane Boufal dazzles while Sofyan Amrabat shocks

Spain were knocked out of the Qatar World Cup by Morocco on penalties on Tuesday, with the underdogs reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their history following a 0-0 draw in the round of 16 after extra time.

The next meeting is against either Portugal or Switzerland, with the two sides meeting in the last match of the round of 16 of the tournament.

Here’s how the players performed.


Yassine Bounou – 9: He was a little forgiving with the ball at times, but in the end he played calmly every time. Fantastic double save to keep Gavi and Ferran out before the flag went up for offside. Even a powerful free kick from Olmo was rejected. Saved two penalties on penalties.

Noussair Mazraoui – 5: Tests Simon with a powerful long shot but is inconsistent in defence, leaving Ferran alone too often. He was taken off just before the end of regular time.

Nayef Aguerd – 7: put a free header over the bar late in the first half, but made two big challenges later to dispossess Morata and Olmo in the Morocco box. Substituted late in regular time.

Romain Saiss – 6: The captain set the example. He was a powerful presence in the Morocco box.

Achraf Hakimi – 8: Spain’s free-kick just over the bar early in the game. Defensive sound from the first whistle to the last. He scored the winning penalty with a Panenka.

Sofyan Amrabat – 8: He put Spain in difficulty with all his physicality. He won many challenges and made a fantastic block in the 88th minute, before the flag went up for offside.

Sofyan Amrabat faces Spain captain Sergio Busquets (AP)

Selim Amallah – 4: He might not have been expected to control the game given the strength of Spain’s midfield, but he was largely anonymous.

Azzedine Ounahi – 7: He carries the ball really well, especially in the second half. He was replaced just before penalties.

Sofiane Boufal – 8: Some good moments on the ball, even when he sent Llorente for almuerzo. He could have helped Mazraoui more in dealing with Ferran, but apparently he wasn’t mandated to do so – and that would have limited his attack threat in fairness. An unfortunate injury saw him substituted in the 65th minute.

Youssef En-Nesyri – 5: A mixed bag. Ruined a Moroccan counterattack in the second half by deflecting well into offside. He was taken off just before full time.

Hakim Ziyech – 8: A bit annoying for Spain’s defence. Full of energy from start to finish. He punched his penalty in the middle.




Abde Ezzalzouli – 6.

Walid Cheddira – 3: Thought he had all the time in the world when he went ahead for Morocco in extra time, only to be hampered by Laporte’s retreat and the offside flag. Then he should have scored when one-on-one with Simon but he passed a straight shot to the goalkeeper. He made a really encouraging run for goal, but was once again too ponderous and lost the ball.

Abdelhamid Sabiri – 6. Scored on penalties.

Jawad El Yamiq – 5.

Yahia Attiyat Allah – 5.

Badr Benoun – 4. He took a bad penalty in the shootout, which Simon saved.


Unai Simon – 8: Almost faced a long-range shot from Mazraoui. He made a crucial stop to keep Cheddira out when one-on-one in extra time. Saved a penalty on penalties.

Walid Cheddira is held off by Unai Simon before flag is raised for offside (AP)

Walid Cheddira is held off by Unai Simon before flag is raised for offside (AP)

Marcos Llorente – 4: Unfortunately he didn’t justify his surprise inclusion.

Rodri – 6: He hasn’t been called to too many direct defensive interventions. Booked for a challenge on Hakimi in the second half.

Aymeric Laporte – 6: Like Rodri, he hasn’t been challenged too much, with more of Morocco’s attacks coming from the flanks.

Jordi Alba – 5: Ziyech had the upper hand at various times. He was taken off in extra time when Balde came on.

Sergio Busquets – 4: An ill-considered strike saw Spain lose possession in the early stages. Less and less influential at this level. He missed his penalty.

Gavi – 4: Surprisingly little touch to give the ball away allowed Morocco to break through in the first half. He saw a shot overturned off the crossbar when he should have scored, but his blushes were spared a flag for offside. He gave away several free kicks. He was taken off just after the hour.

Pedri – 7: Enter the game after a surprisingly ineffective first half.

Pedri wasn't at his influential best, but got better as the game wore on (AP)

Pedri wasn’t at his influential best, but got better as the game wore on (AP)

Ferran Torres – 6: He was given too much space on Spain’s right wing. Pressed well at first but faded. Substituted for Williams towards the end of the second half.

Marco Asensio – 6: He timed his runs well but a final product was missing. He was substituted on 63 minutes.

Dani Olmo – 6: The least effective of Spain’s forwards in the first half but improved after the break. Tested Bounou with a sharp free kick. Made way for Fati in extra time.


Alvaro Morata – 6: He sent a dangerous low cross in front of the Morocco goal, but no team-mates were close. Then he got into good positions a few times but was still deprived of options.

Carlos Soler – 4: Came on for Gavi and was an improvement over the teenager, but not by much. Wrong with a really poor penalty.

Nico Williams – 7: He looked dangerous every time he was on the ball but was substituted before the penalties.

Ansu Fati – 6: He looked dangerous from the moment he entered.

Alejandro Balde – 5.

Pablo Sarabia – 5: Cut the post with the last kick of extra time. Hit him full blown in the shootout.

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