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Former Wolves star Romain Saiss into World Cup quarter-finals with Morocco after shock win over Spain

Former Wolves defender Romain Saiss is into the quater-finals of the World Cup, with Morocco beating Spain on penalties.

The African nation have made it into the last eight, after beating Luis Enriqueโ€™s side in a shootout at the Education City Stadium.

Morocco held their opponents to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes, and they then stood firm throughout extra time.

And then Morocco stopper Bono seized the moment, making three amazing saves from Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets.

It is an incredible moment for Morocco to knock out one of the favourites to win the competition.

They are only the fourth African team to ever reach the quarter-finals. And it is the first time they themselves have ever reached this point.

And Morocco could not have gotten here without the contributions of former Wolves star Saiss, who was again absolutely superb at the back.

The 32-year-old, starting his fourth game at the tournament, was a warrior and stood firm under prolonged pressure from the Spanish.

According to Sofascore, he made a staggering 11 clearances in the game. That was easily the most of any player on the pitch.

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In extra-time, there was a moment that will not have surprised Wolves fans in the slightest.

Saiss went down clutching his hamstring, and received treatment on the pitch.

He then went back on despite clearly being in pain and played out the rest of the match for his country.

It was that warrior-like nature that really endeared him to Wolves fans during his six years at Molineux.

Journalist Julien Laurens was extremely impressed by the Besiktas star, tweeting: โ€œRomain Saiss who finishes the match on one leg and can barely run! Exceptional leader and captain!

Former Molineux star Romain Saiss is absolutely shining for Morocco at the World Cup

Saiss has been brilliant across his four games for Morocco at the World Cup so far.

His no-nonsense style is really helping to keep Morocco in games, and they will now hope that the injury he was carrying at the end of the game is nothing too bad.

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Saiss was frustrated by the offer that Wolves made to him before he ended up leaving the club. He branded it a โ€˜disrespectโ€™ in an interview with Talking Wolves.

He felt he was worth more than the one-year offer that was put on the table.

Judging by his exploits in Qatar, Wolves officials really did make a big mistake.