Hakimi’s “penguin” celebration in tribute to Mbappé after his victorious panenka

Achraf Hakimi sent Morocco to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup by converting the decisive shot on goal with a panenka on Tuesday in the round of 16 against Spain (0-0, 3 losses to 0). To celebrate, the Parisian full-back used a dance which is a direct tribute to his PSG team-mate, Kylian Mbappé.

He will forever be remembered as the man who qualified Morocco for the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time in the country’s history. This Tuesday, Achraf Hakimi converted the decisive shot on goal of the Atlas Lions, who fell from Spain at the end of the tension in the round of 16 of the Qatari World Cup (0-0, 3 losses to 0).

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The Moroccan side, born in Madrid, even allowed themselves to crucify La Roja with a panenka. But the Parisian also excelled by mimicking the penguin to celebrate this shot on target. A celebration in the form of a nod to Kylian Mbappé, his clubmate, who in turn responded to the Moroccan on Twitter with a penguin emoji.

A party used by Mbappé with PSG in August

This celebration is initially a delirium between several PSG players. Last August, during the slapping of Lille in Ligue 1 (7-1), Mbappé celebrated with this famous penguin imitation, which earned him the nickname “Pinguino” from several of his teammates.

After his goal was finally disallowed against Tunisia in the group stage of the World Cup (1-0), Antoine Griezmann also used this celebration. As several internet users have pointed out, the latter would have been borrowed from NFL player Jaylen Waddle, who would be the first to have popularized this imitation.

Griezmann's penguin celebration against Tunisia
Griezmann’s penguin celebration against Tunisia © Icon

This Tuesday, after a penalty shootout in which La Roja failed to find the net (Sarabia cross, two saves by Yassine Bounou ahead of Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets), Morocco hit another cador after already beating Belgium in the pool.

In the quarter-finals, on Saturday at 4 p.m., Morocco will meet the winner of the match between Portugal and Switzerland (this Tuesday at 8 p.m.). Before, why not, crossed paths with the French team in a possible semi-final, during a meeting where Kylian Mbappé could therefore find Achraf Hakimi.

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