PLAYER RATINGS: Sofyan Amrabat's dogged display kept Spain quiet

Morocco claimed one of the biggest shocks of the tournament as they knocked Spain out of the World Cup on penalties – reaching their first ever quarter-final in their history of the tournament. 

Every single player in their squad who featured were warriors on the night and left nothing on the pitch as they frustrated Spain and refused to let them play to their full ability – putting their bodies on the line to thwart their passing system. 

Bono will make the headlines after his heroics in the shootout, but there were several other stars who impressed – as well as Spain players who failed to sparkle.

Sportsmail has gone through both teams and dished out player ratings after a dramatic last-16 tie on Tuesday night. 

Morocco beat Spain on penalties to produce the first major shock of the World Cup knockouts

Morocco beat Spain on penalties to produce the first major shock of the World Cup knockouts

MOROCCO

YASSINE BOUNOU (BONO) – 8

Dominant display and imperious in the shootout.Might get a statue in Morocco after his performance.

AKRAF HAKIMI – 7 

The PSG star was solid down the right flank, putting in some decent deliveries and kept things tight defensively.Scored the winning penalty and delivered when it mattered most.  

NAYEF AGUERD – 7

The West Ham man was a colossus throughout before he was forced to go off with an injury in extra time.Brilliant in the air.

Yassine Bounou made two huge saves in the shoot-out to send Morocco into the quarter-finals

Yassine Bounou made two huge saves in the shoot-out to send Morocco into the quarter-finals

ROMAIN SAISS – 7

Another heroic display from the West Ham star, who captained his side admirably and marshalled his team-mates, keeping them focused throughout the 120 minutes.

NOUSSAIR MAZRAOUI – 7.5

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Excellent with his crossing ability and got away several times down the left – caused real problems for Spain.

AZZEDINE OUNAHI – 7

Kept possession well and was part of Morocco’s valiant midfield to put a tackle in on Spain to frustrate them.Combined well with Ziyech in attack too. 

SOFYAN AMRABAT – 8.5

Best player on the pitch. Didn’t stop fighting and was inch-perfect with his tackling as he delivered a dogged display.He was sprinting around in extra time. Superb. 

Sofyan Amrabat fought bravely in defensive midfield and helped Morocco keep a clean sheet

Sofyan Amrabat fought bravely in defensive midfield and helped Morocco keep a clean sheet

SELIM AMALLAH – 6.5

Quieter than his team-mates but did his role well and was crucial in building counter-attacks. 

HAKIM ZIYECH – 7.5 

The Chelsea man comes alive for his country again. Led by example and brought Morocco to life on a number of occasions.His extra quality showed. 

SOFIANE BOUFAL – 7.5 

What a first half performance as he ran Marcos Llorente ragged and blitzed him down the right hand side.Subbed off later in the second half but played his part.

YOUSSEF EN-NESYRI – 6.5

The Sevilla forward led the line well and linkedup with both Ziyech and Boufal superbly – even if he didn’t manage to test Simon too often. 

Talisman Hakim Ziyech thumped his penalty down the middle to hand Morocco the advantage

Talisman Hakim Ziyech thumped his penalty down the middle to hand Morocco the advantage

SUBS:

WALID CHEDDIRA – 6.5

ABDE EZZALZOULI – 6

ABDELHAMID SABIRI – 6

MANAGER: 

WALID REGRAGUI: 8

Manager Walid Regragui has marshalled Morocco to their first ever World Cup quarter-final

Manager Walid Regragui has marshalled Morocco to their first ever World Cup quarter-final

 

SPAIN 

UNAI SIMON – 5

Looked nervy throughout with some very dodgy clearances from back passes – redeemed himself somewhat with one save in the shootout.

MARCOS LLORENTE – 5

Struggled on his World Cup debut and was run ragged by Sofian Boufal as he gave away possession and failed to keep up with the pace of the game. 

RODRI – 6.5

Plunged into a makeshift centre-back role again but looked comfortable as he built up attacks admirably. 

Man City midfielder Rodri played at centre-back for Luis Enrique throughout the tournament

Man City midfielder Rodri played at centre-back for Luis Enrique throughout the tournament

AYMERIC LAPORTE – 6.5 

Not troubled too often and was also a useful creative avenue.Amazing tackle to thwart Cheddira.

JORDI ALBA – 6.5

Kept plugging away down the left hand side as he sent in consistent deliveries that weren’t pounced upon by Spain’s attackers.

GAVI – 6

The youngster was unable to showcase his real talent as he struggled under Morocco’s physicality. 

SERGIO BUSQUETS- 5

Difficult evening for the Barcelona legend and while he was a calming presence, he couldn’t deliver his best quality and then missed in the shootout. 

Sergio Busquets - who missed his penalty - was the last winner left from Spain's 2010 squad

Sergio Busquets – who missed his penalty – was the last winner left from Spain’s 2010 squad

PEDRI – 6

The most likely Spain player to create as he sent in plenty of balls over the top but the end product from his team-mates was lacking – unfortunately for him.

FERRAN TORRES – 5

Spain’s hopes were pinned on him grabbing opportunities by the scruff of the neck but he couldn’t deliver the goods.

MARCOS ALONSO – 5

Looked uneasy playing the false-9 role and might have been better off out wide – Morata looked better from the bench and dropping him was a mistake.

DANI OLMO – 6

Like Pedri, he was consistent by getting his head up and putting balls in but simply could not get into his groove.

Winger Ferran Torres struggled to penetrate Morocco as Spain searched to break the deadlock

Winger Ferran Torres struggled to penetrate Morocco as Spain searched to break the deadlock

SUBS:

NICO WILLIAMS – 7

ALEJANDRO BALDE – 6

CARLOS SOLER – 6

ANSU FATI – 6

ALVARO MORATA – 6

PABLO SARABIA – 5

MANAGER: 

LUIS ENRIQUE – 5

REFEREE

FERNANDO RAPALLINI – 6

Enrique told his Spanish stars to practise over 1,000 penalties before leaving for the World Cup

Enrique told his Spanish stars to practise over 1,000 penalties before leaving for the World Cup

 

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