History was in favor of France because in the five times they have met they have never lost to the Moroccans. The last time they met was a friendly game and it ended in a 2-2 draw in November 2007. This time, history was no different and France maintained its hegemony over the emboldened Moroccans.
France did not take long to do damage and their offense showed why it is one of the best in Qatar 2022. Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani were in charge of scoring and getting the pass back to the World Cup final with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
The French reached this stage with six games in the semifinals, from which they were eliminated in their first three appearances (1958, 1982 and 1985), while, in 1998, 2006 and 2018, they advanced to the grand final. French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made his 19th appearance in World Cups, equaling Manuel Neuer as the goalkeeper with the most appearances in World Cup tournaments.
Antoine Griezmann sent in a cross that Kylian Mbappe connected, but his shot was blocked, leaving the rebound to Theo Hernandez who connected with a half volley and scored the first of the night for the French. It was the 1-0 that changed the plans for the Moroccans.
Morocco tried in any way to counter the dangerous French attacks, but by doing so they left the opportunity for counterattack. It wasn’t until near the end of the first half that Morocco seemed to find their rhythm and put France in trouble. However, it was not enough and the first half ended with the Gauls up on the scoreboard with the minimum.
For the second half, the game turned into a swing of attacks and defensive errors. The Moroccans came out willing to look for an equalizer and were close to reaching it, but they also risked more in defence.
In the last leg of the match, France managed to secure victory. Muani only had to push the ball after a series of touches from the French who string together at least six touches before the forward gave the lapidary 2-0. Before the ball fell to him, a Moroccan defender deflected the shot a bit and that made it easier for Muani to shoot.
With the win, France becomes the other finalist and looks to defend their title they won at Russia 2018 when they face Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Sunday, December 18 (6 pm local time), at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail.
In this way we live LIVE from the Al Bayt Stadium…
France 2-0 Morocco
90+6′ It’s over, France wins it, returning to the World Cup final and winning the right to defend its title against Argentina! Thank you for following our tune.
90+4′ Ufff… Morocco was close to the discount again. France is risking a lot and almost walking the field, while the Moroccans keep pushing.
90′ France is just six minutes away from securing another final. The winner of this game goes against Argentina next Sunday.
85′ Despite the score against, Morocco has not given up and is looking for the discount that will allow them to dream of a draw. However, the defense of France is not confident and remains alert to the dangerous attack of their rival.
79′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOL FROM FRANCE! Randal Kolo Muani only had to push the ball after a series of touches from the French who string together at least six touches before the striker made it 2-0 lapidary. Before the ball fell to him, a Moroccan defender deflected the shot a bit and that made it easier for Muani to shoot.
72′ Griezmann took a free kick from the left that the recently entered Thuram headed in, but the ball went wide.
68′ Substitution Morocco: Aboukhlal enters through Boufal. Hamdallah enters through En-Nesyri.
65′ Substitution France: Giroud leaves the pitch and Thuram enters.
64′ Morocco is playing the defending champion one on one, but risks a lot when it goes on the attack and finds itself in trouble with the counterattack.
59′ Griezmann with the shot that manages to be deflected by a Moroccan defender. The shot was in the direction of goal. The party has become a swing.
56′ Watch out for the data: French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made his 19th appearance in World Cups, equaling Manuel Neuer as the goalkeeper with the most appearances in World Cup tournaments.
53′ Morocco puts the French defense in trouble with two consecutive arrivals, which luckily the Moroccan players failed to connect inside the area.
fifty’ Mbappe breaks away to the left and drags Amrabat’s brand with him until he takes him to the edge of the penalty area. Amrabat barrioo and recovered the ball while Mbappe was lying on the pitch. The referee said that the play was clean.
48′ Griezmann delivers a deep pass to Mbappe that almost brought him face to face with Bono, but Yaqim managed to tap the ball in time to avoid danger. Bono and Mbappe collided. The goalkeeper rejoins without problems.
47′ After a Moroccan attack, Mbappe went to the left until he reached the area and sent a long cross back that one of his teammates connected from long distance, but it went wide.
Four. Five’ Restart the match.
45+3′ The first exciting part of the semifinal between France and Morocco ends! The French lead 1-0 at the moment. We’ll be back in a few minutes…
45+1′ Dangerous free kick to the left for Morocco that Lloris managed to clear tightly.
Four. Five’ Morocco squeezes before the end of the first half and has put what was until now a solid French defense in trouble.
43′ Ufff… France was saved. In a corner kick, Giroud headed back trying to clear the ball, but Yamiq responded with a bicycle kick that Lloris managed to touch to deflect a bit and drown out the Moroccan goal cry.
38′ Yaqim avoided another dangerous arrival when Griezmann was preparing to connect his shot inside the area from the right. The defender reacted in time and sent the corner kick.
36′ Ufff… Morocco is saved. France recovered a ball in the midfield and went on the attack with Mbappe who, falling inside the area, attempted a shot, however, the rebound fell to one of his teammates who played for Giroud. The forward connected firsthand and the ball passed very close to Bono’s right post. Giroud knew he was on his own and could have stopped the ball for an even better shot.
35′ On a cross that falls behind him, Fofana fails to connect well as he twists his body into the somersault. The shot went from above.
33′ Morocco does not have a clear attack, France’s defense is very attentive and facilitates the counterattack that catches the Africans off guard. This is the messiest the Moroccan saga has seen in the tournament. Anxiety could be a factor as they find themselves down on the scoreboard for the first time in this World Cup.
31′ The Moroccan fans chant in Arabic “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his envoy”. Morocco is down 1-0 against France in the first half of the Qatar 2022 semifinal.
25′ An error in the defense almost cost Morocco. The French press with many weapons and knock on the door of the second. Morocco tries to counteract, but finds a solid defense and their shots are too far from Llois’s goal.
21′ Substitution Morocco: Saiss exits, Amallah enters.
18′ Ufff… Morocco is saved. Giroud received a long pass and beat the defender’s back. The striker managed to connect the shot with his left foot and the ball crashed into ‘Bono’s’ right post.
15′ Watch out for the data: The goal against Morocco is only the second so far in the tournament. The first goal was an own goal in the first phase game against Canada.
10′ Ufff… Morocco was close to drawing after a shot by Ounahi that demanded that Lloris stretch as best he could and with his right hand down to reject the shot.
5′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL FROM FRANCE! Antoine Griezmann sent a cross that Kylian Mbappe connected, but his shot was blocked, leaving the rebound to Theo Hernandez who connected with a half volley and scored the first of the night for the French.
3′ Watch out for the data: France have never lost to Morocco in the five times they have met. The last time they saw each other was in a friendly and it ended in a 2-2 draw in November 2007.
1′ The semifinal match between France and Morocco begins.
Protocol acts are carried out.
The players are already warming up on the pitch.
Call them the “White Elephant”, the “Black Horse” or the “Cinderella” of Qatar 2022, but Morocco is more than just a nickname, it is a reality of African football, which also represents the Arab community in the area, and anyone who Whatever the result of this Wednesday against France, they have already complied with history.
This is the first time that Morocco has reached these instances in the World Cups, and they also became the first African team to do so. Their compact and egoless style of play has allowed them to dream of a World Cup final, but for that they would have to get France, the current defending champion, out of the way.
The French eleventh has had a relatively easy walk, so against Morocco they would be facing one of the best defenses of this World Cup. The Moroccans have conceded just one goal (own goal) and are going against one of the best offenses in the tournament led by Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann.
We will be bringing you the best moments of the match, as well as data that is carried out during the development of the semifinal.