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Fans in disbelief as Achraf Hakimi nails outrageous Panenka penalty to KO Spain before incredible penguin celebration

, Fans in disbelief as Achraf Hakimi nails outrageous Panenka penalty to KO Spain before incredible penguin celebration

FANS were left in disbelief as Achraf Hakimi dumped Spain out of the World Cup with an outrageous Panenka penalty.

The Morocco star stepped up to take a crunch spot-kick for his country in today’s World Cup last-16 tie.

Achraf Hakimi sent Morocco to their first World Cup quarter-final with a winning Panenka penalty

Hakimi performed a hilarious penguin celebration as he dumped Spain out of the tournament

Hakimi, who was born in Spain but chose to play for his parents’ nation, confidently slotted home to send Morocco to their first-ever quarter-finals.

And he even celebrated with an incredible ‘penguin’ dance before being mobbed by teammates.

Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe was the first to congratulate Hakimi, posting emojis of a penguin and a crown on Twitter.

Piers Morgan then hailed the right-back’s calmness on the big stage, adding: “To pull a panenka at THAT moment, under THAT pressure… wow… coolest dude in world football.”

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And football fans were equally gracious as they praised Hakimi’s stunning piece of skill.

One declared: “He has got nerves of steel! Man just did a panenka to win it for them!”

Another said: “Hakimi dumping out the country of his birth, imagine that pressure and responsibility.”

One noted: “Can’t get better than this honestly.”

Another added: “Legendary stuff, GOATed.”

Former England star Joe Cole was full of praise for Hakimi afterwards, saying on ITV: “To do that, he’s show there, he’s just gone wallop, sat him down and said ‘we’re going to the quarters’.”

Cole added: “It’s a real honour and privilege to be here in front of all these Morocco fans and the emotion is palpable.

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“This is why we love football. I said before the shootout, they were heroes whatever happened, but football is about moments.

“I’ve never taken a penalty, certainly not at this level. Unbelievable. I just can’t believe this, my eyes keep getting drawn towards the fans and the party going on.

“I don’t know when it’s going to stop tonight.”

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