After the historic qualification, Yassin Bono told reporters: “This is a historic moment.. We thank the fans who supported us.. We played a great match and did not give up, even though Spain took possession of the ball.”
He continued, “We were smart and dealt with the match in a good way. We tried to manage the pressure that was on us.”
For his part, Spain coach Luis Enrique said, “Bono is a great goalkeeper in the penalty shootout, and today he was wonderful.”
Morocco won (3-1) over Spain on penalty kicks after the end of the original and extra time without goals.
Bono was threatened with missing the match after he suffered an injury in the Belgium match in the group stage, then he returned against Canada amid doubts about his readiness.
The Moroccan Lions goalkeeper refused to rest and miss training to appear in the biggest challenge against Spain and win the Man of the Match award after an impressive performance.
- Bono used a distinctive method in dealing with penalty kicks, similar to the attackers’ dribbling of the defenders, as he dribbled with his body right and left to disperse the shooter before going behind the ball to tackle it.
- Bono became one of the few goalkeepers in the history of the World Cup after he saved two penalties and was close to the third that hit the post, as no goalkeeper in the history of the World Cup succeeded in doing more than that.
- No Arab or African goalkeeper has ever saved more than one World Cup penalty kick in a single match, but Bono did it.
- Before the match, Bono said that Morocco had already made history by topping its group and qualifying for the round of 16, but what he did against Spain was in the post-history-making stage, to increase the achievements in the biggest tournament in the history of football.
- Bono considered facing Spain as a “derby” due to the fact that many of the stars of the Moroccan national team played in the Spanish League at the present time or previously, which prompted the Atlas Lions to confront the 2010 World Champions without fear or anxiety.
- Bono did not think of exploiting his Canadian citizenship to represent the Canadian national team, where he was born, to start his international journey from the first day with the Moroccan national team.
- Badou Zaki, the legend of Morocco in goalkeeping, considered Yassin Bono his successor, and confirmed that he deserves his position in defending the lions’ den mainly, so that the 2022 World Cup comes and confirms this with Bono’s brilliance in front of Spain.
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