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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Highlights of France vs. Morocco: France defeated tenacious Morocco 2-0 to set up a summit clash with Argentina

France vs Morocco Highlights: France beat gritty Morocco 2-0, set up a summit clash with Argentina

 

Delhi, India: Morocco's dream run in Qatar was ended by holders France, who now face Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, in a mouthwatering summit match on Sunday. In Thursday's tightly contested second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Al Bayt stadium, France defeated a determined Morocco 2-0.


Since Brazil in 2002, France was the first defending champion to reach consecutive finals. They will now attempt to become the third team to win the championship, joining Brazil (1962) and Italy (1938).


When fullback Theo Hernandez scored an acrobatic goal from close range in the fifth minute, France took an early lead | Schedule & Results. Morocco had more than 60% of the possession in the game, but substitute Randal Kolo Muani scored in the 79th minute to win the game for France.


Morocco will currently confront Croatia in the third-put season finisher on Saturday.


The FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and France is set! — France got off to a perfect start thanks to Hernandez's early goal at the World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 1671051845000 They would have been hoping for an early strike to silence the raucous Moroccan crowd at the Al Bayt Stadium and shake their team's confidence.


But it was still a close game as Morocco overcame injuries and showed no respect for France's reputation by taking the game to them in a gallant effort that bolstered their glowing tournament reputation.


11 minutes into extra time, substitute Randal Kolo Muani tucked in a shot at the back post with his first touch to give France a 2-0 lead.


Antoine Griezmann's run down the right and a cutback pass that Kylian Mbappe initially mishandled started the sweeping move that resulted in the first goal, which required Hernandez to connect with a bouncing ball from a tight angle with his left foot lifted high.


France has qualified for the final! @adidasfootball | #FIFAWorldCup — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 1671051295000 Mbappe scored the second goal when he attempted to dribble past the Morocco defense and then shot. His attempt was stopped, but Kolo Muani was able to score.


After Aurelien Tchouameni's wild run through the middle, Olivier Giroud hit the post and missed from close range in the first half.


The midfielder played an excellent ball to Mbappe, who missed a shot that was poorly cleared, allowing Giroud to hit a first-time shot from close range that went wide.


Azzedine Ounahi made two excellent saves from French captain Hugo Lloris with speculative efforts, and Moroccan curling set-pieces put pressure on the French defense, but Morocco were never overwhelmed.


The risk of starting Nayef Aguerd in the starting lineup fell through because he injured his hamstring in the warm-up, and captain Romain Saiss had to leave after 20 minutes because of injuries to their key center backs.


Huge performances from these two today. #FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022 https://t.co/zBYE5khwbm — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 1671052587000 Replacement center back Jawad El Yamiq was, however, closest to an equalizer with a spectacular bicycle kick on the stroke of halftime. It came from a French corner that was poorly cleared, and Lloris got a crucial touch as it hit


As a result of France's victory, the intriguing possibility of a decisive matchup between France's Mbappe and Argentina's Lionel Messi, who is nearing the end of his international career, has emerged.


The fact that Morocco became the first African and Arab nation to reach the World Cup semi-final was a significant factor in their exit. They can hope to be hailed as legends when they get back after Saturdays' third-place season finisher against Croatia.

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