The world’s biggest party took place at the Education City Stadium in Doha on Tuesday night after Morocco defeated Spain in the FIFA World Cup round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.
More than 44,000 spectators packed into the stadium for the game were overcome with emotion, and euphoria erupted as Moroccan defender Ashraf Hakimi converted the game’s final penalty shootout and announced Morocco’s triumph.
Crowds flooded the streets of almost every major in Western Europe, as well as Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech in Morocco.
After the players celebrated by dancing, hugging, and crying in the locker room, coach Walid Regragui gave a crucial speech at the press conference that followed the game.
At some time, he added, “Africa has to be ambitious, so why not win the World Cup, even if it will be challenging.