FIFA World Cup 2022 | Giroud, Tchouameni ship France previous England into semifinals

FIFA World Cup 2022 | Giroud, Tchouameni ship France previous England into semifinals
FIFA World Cup 2022 | Giroud, Tchouameni ship France previous England into semifinals
France’s Alphonse Areola, Theo Hernandez and teammates celebrate after the match as France progress to the semifinals after the quarterfinal match between England and France at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar on December 11, 2022.

France’s Alphonse Areola, Theo Hernandez and teammates rejoice after the match as France progress to the semifinals after the quarterfinal match between England and France at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar on December 11, 2022.
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Goals by Oliver Giroud and Aurelien Tchouameni gave France a 2-1 win over England that took the holders right into a World Cup semi-final with Morocco after Harry Kane equalised from the spot however then blazed a second late penalty over the bar on Dec. 10. France are actually one win away from changing into the primary back-to-back finalists since Brazil in 2002 and two from changing into the third group to retain the trophy after Brazil in 1962 and Italy in 1938.

They needed to work onerous for his or her win although as the primary match knockout match between the 2 previous sporting rivals maintained the thrill of this extraordinary quarter-final weekend.

France went forward after 17 minutes, breaking as England had been nonetheless complaining a few foul not given on Bukayo Saka.
Antoine Griezmann rolled the ball invitingly into the trail of Tchouameni, whose 25-yard low shot flew simply contained in the submit and past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

England finally bought going, pushing and probing, although with out an excessive amount of precision, although France keeper Hugo Lloris was fast off his line to avoid wasting on the toes of Kane, then parried one other drive from England’s captain.

Lloris was in motion once more initially of the second half, tipping a fierce Jude Bellingham shot over the bar as England got here out filled with function.

Saka, who had appeared their most threatening participant within the first half, was then tripped by Tchouameni and Kane smashed the penalty excessive past his Tottenham Hotspur group mate Lloris to attract stage with Wayne Rooney as England’s file scorer on 53.

England had been buoyed by the purpose and had been taking part in with big confidence however although centre-back Harry Maguire brushed a submit with a header they may not make their dominance depend. Instead France hit again as Griezmann swung in a cross that Giroud did brilliantly to succeed in in entrance of Maguire and plant his header into the online for his fourth purpose of the match.

England got one other lifeline through VAR when Theo Hernandez flattened Mason Mount however Kane despatched his spot kick wildly over the bar six minutes from time.

England pushed for an equaliser however when Marcus Rashford’s added-time free kick fizzed simply over the bar they fell to a seventh defeat in 10 World Cup quarter-finals.

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