FIFA World Cup 2022 | France into last with 2-0 win as Morocco go down combating

FIFA World Cup 2022 | France into last with 2-0 win as Morocco go down combating
FIFA World Cup 2022 | France into last with 2-0 win as Morocco go down combating
Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi (left) and France’s Theo Hernandez challenge for the ball during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on December 14, 2022.

Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi (left) and France’s Theo Hernandez problem for the ball through the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco on the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on December 14, 2022.
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France will tackle Argentina within the World Cup last after beating Morocco 2-0 in an absorbing semi-final on December 14 to remain on target for a profitable title defence and finish the fairytale run of the north Africans in Qatar.

Theo Hernandez scored within the fifth minute in an ideal begin for the holders, who would have been on the lookout for an early strike to silence the rowdy Moroccan help on the Al Bayt Stadium and dent the arrogance of their workforce.

But it nonetheless proved a close-run conflict as Morocco overcame damage blows and confirmed no deference to France’s fame, taking the sport to them in a gallant effort that added to the glowing fame they’ve earned on the event.

France settled the end result with a second objective 11 minutes from time as substitute Randal Kolo Muani, with a primary contact after approaching, tucked in a shot on the again submit.

For the primary objective, Hernandez needed to elevate his left foot excessive to attach with a bouncing ball from a good angle to complete off a sweeping transfer began by Antoine Griezmann’s run down the correct and a cutback go that Kylian Mbappe initially fluffed.

France’s Randal Kolo Muani scores his side’s second goal past Morocco’s goalkeeper Yassine Bounou during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on December 14, 2022.

France’s Randal Kolo Muani scores his facet’s second objective previous Morocco’s goalkeeper Yassine Bounou through the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco on the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on December 14, 2022.
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Mbappe was the creator of the second as he tried first to dribble by means of the Morocco defence after which shot, his effort blocked however falling for Kolo Muani to web.

Olivier Giroud struck the submit and missed from point-blank vary within the first half on the finish of a barnstorming run by means of the center from Aurelien Tchouameni.

The midfielder threaded an outstanding ball to search out Mbappe, whose miscued shot was poorly cleared, permitting Giroud a first-time shot which was huge from close-in.

But Morocco have been by no means overawed and had alternative as Azzedine Ounahi compelled two good saves out of French captain Hugo Lloris with speculative efforts, and curling set-pieces put the French defence beneath stress.

The north Africans have been hit laborious by accidents to their key centre backs with the gamble of naming Nayef Aguerd within the beginning line up failing to return off as he harm his hamstring within the warm-up and skipper Romain Saiss having to go off after 20 minutes.

Bicyle kick

Replacement centre again Jawad El Yamiq was, nevertheless, closest to an equaliser with a spectacular bicycle kick on the stroke of halftime, from a poorly cleared nook by the French, with Lloris getting an important contact because it hit the bottom of the upright.

France’s victory arrange the tantalising prospect of a decisive conflict between Argentina maestro Lionel Messi, on the finish of his worldwide profession, and France’s Mbappe, rising as the subsequent celebrity of the world sport.

Morocco’s exit was tempered by their achievement of turning into the primary African and Arab nation to succeed in the World Cup semi-final, a feat extensively celebrated. They can anticipate to be hailed as heroes once they return house after Saturdays’ third-place playoff in opposition to Croatia.

Teams:

France: Hugo Lloris (c), Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann, Aurelien Tchouameni, Youssouf Fofana, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe

Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss (c), Noussair Mazraoui, Sofyan Amrabat, Hakim Ziyech, Azzedine Ounahi, Soufiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri (Compiled by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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