France 2-0 Morocco highlights, FIFA World Cup semifinal
79’France sub: IN- Kolo Muani OUT- Dembele 78’Morocco sub: IN- Ezzalzouli OUT- Amallah 76’Hamdallah with a brilliant chance to shoot as he gets the ball inside the box. He delays it too long and the chance is gone. A big miss for the Atlas Lions. 74’Thuram passes the ball to Fofana, who gets inside the Morocco penalty area. He takes the shot from a tight angle but cannot find the target. 71’Griezmann swings a dangerous cross inside the Morocco box from a France freekick.
19’Ziyech tries to find Boufal on the left with a cross from the right flank but the ball goes straight to Lloris. 17’Off the post- France breaks again and Olivier Giroud runs at the Moroccan defence. He gets inside the box and rifles a shot at Bono’s near-post. The shot beats Bono but hits the post. 17’Boufal passes the ball to Ziyech inside the box and the latter takes the shot. However, it was weak and the ball goes out of play. 15’Ziyech swings a good ball inside the box from a Morocco freekick.
It is to be seen whether he is at 100%. ⦿France: Dayot Upamecano does not start the match and is replaced by Ibrahima Konate. Youssouf Fofana starts in place of Adrien Rabiot. France vs Morocco Starting XI France (4-3-3)- Hugo Lloris (GK) (capt); Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez; Antoine Griezmann, Aurelien Tchouameni, Youssouf Fofana; Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA) Morocco (5-4-1)- Yassine Bounou (GK); Jawad El Yamiq, Romain Saiss (capt), Achraf Dari; Achraf Hakimi, Sofyan Amrabat, Azzedine Ounahi, Noussair Mazraoui; Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, Sofiane Boufal Coach: Walid Regragui (MAR) Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX) Match PreviewAfter putting Belgium, Portugal and Spain to the sword in Qatar, Morocco is looking to bring another soccer superpower to its knees when it faces France in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday in a match heavy with political and social overtones.
12:30 AM: KICK-OFF!! France and Morocco kick-off their World Cup semifinal match at the Al Bayt Stadium. 12:25 AM- Teams are already on the pitch, singing their national anthems. Kick-off in five minutes. Stat-attack!! ⦿ France has never lost against Morocco in official matches, with all of its wins coming in friendlies.
The only other time the Atlas Lions conceded was an own goal against Canada in the group stages. 5’GOOOALLLL!!! FRANCE SCORES EARLY!! IT IS THEO HERNANDEZ!! Morocco could not clear its lines from a France attack. The ball took a massive deflection off Mbappe’s shot and fell to Hernandez. Bono came off his line but Hernandez slotted the ball past home with a wonderful acrobatic volley. 2’A strong start by Morocco as it presses the French inside its own-half. Amrabat has just hounded Kounde into conceding a throw-in after he could not find any outlet to release the pressure.
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90+2’Mbappe nutmegs Amrabat and makes a darting run inside the Morocco box. But Hakimi puts in a good tackle to snatch the ball from his PSG teammate before he could take the shot. 90’Six added minutes at the end of the second-half!! 90’Aboukhlal gets the ball inside the box and shoots at Lloris’ near-post. But, it is an easy catch for the France keeper. The assistant eventually raises his flag for offside.
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Morocco, the first African side to reach the last four at a World Cup, will command ear-splitting support at the Al Bayt Stadium, and will need every bit of it to beat the defending champion and continue its fairy tale run. The match against former colonial power France will take on an added edge. Morocco’s exploits in Qatar have provided an outlet for marginalised migrant communities in France, who have been out on the streets celebrating the teams wins. The North Africans have ridden the wave of support throughout the tournament, crowds exhorting players to keep going as they emptied the tanks in every game.
That tackle has hurt him and he is getting medical attention. 49’Mbappe and Hakimi in a pace battle to reach the ball. Mbappe almost gets to it but Bono comes out off his line and collects the ball. He comes together with Mbappe and hurts himself in the process. However, it is nothing major and he is okay to continue. 47’Mbappe accelerates down the left flank and makes his way inside the Morocco box. He lobs the ball in the centre but there is no one to attack the ball. Kounde takes the shot after pouncing on the loose ball but sees his shot blocked. 45’Morocco HT sub: IN- Attiat-Allah OUT- MazraouiSECOND-HALF!! France starts the second-half with a 1-0 lead against Morocco.
Marcus Thuram gets his head to the ball but cannot keep it on target. It is a goalkick for Morocco. 69’France threatens the Moroccan goal yet again as Kounde’s shot is blocked. But the flag goes up for offside. 66’Morocco sub: IN- Hamdallah, Aboukhlal OUT- En-Nesyri, Boufal65’France sub: IN- Thuram OUT- Giroud63’Boufal with some wonderful wingplay on the right. He squares the ball to the middle of the box from the right touchline but Griezmann is there to mop up the danger. 60’France with another counter-attack, which ends with Griezmann’s shot going out of play after a deflection. However, the referee raises his flag for offside. Mbappe made his run a tad bit early during the buildup.
pic. twitter. com/sF6v4GhUpg— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 14, 2022FULL-TIME!! France beats Morocco 2-0 and qualifies for its second successive FIFA World Cup final. It will defend its trophy against Argentina on Sunday at the Lusail Stadium. 90+4’Ounahi with a brilliant run inside the box and Morocco is inches away from scoring a late goal but France hangs on again. Ounahi’s shot takes a deflection and was creeping inside the goal but Varane was there to make the block. 90+4’Ounahi seems to have pulled a muscle and is limping badly.
The ball was creeping inside the bottom-left corner but Lloris’ last-minute intervention prevents Morocco from scoring the equaliser. 44’Hakimi and Ounahi play a good one-two as Morocco penetrates the Les Blues’ defence. Hakimi looks to square the ball but Konate sends the ball out for a corner. 39’Another patient build-up by France as Griezmann gets inside the box. He is just about to shoot before Yamiq gets a foot in to send the ball out for a corner.
36’France inches away from scoring its second. Tchouameni threads the ball to Mbappe who uses his pace to latch on to it. He shoots past Bono but Yamiq is there to clear. Tchouameni gets the ball again and passes the ball to Giroud this time, whose first time shot misses the target. 35’Griezmann’s corner is not cleared by Morocco. Fofana gets the ball inside the box and takes the shot but misses the target.
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⦿ Morocco is looking to be the first African nation to reach the World Cup final. It already created history after becoming the first African nation to qualify for the semifinals in World Cup history. ⦿ France is playing its seventh World Cup semifinal, having been eliminated from each of its first three (1958, 1982, 1986), they’ve won each of its last three matches at this stage (1998, 2006 and 2018). France record in World Cup semi-finalsListen to our World Cup podcast on the first semifinal between Argentina and Croatia France vs Morocco Head-to-Head record Played: 7 France wins: 5 Morocco wins: 2 Draws: 0 France goals: 13 Morocco goals: 7 Match history September 4, 1975: France 1-1 Morocco (Mediterranean Games) September 17, 1987: France 0-0 Morocco (Mediterranean Games) February 5, 1988: France 2-1 Morocco (Four Nations Tournament) May 29, 1998: France 2-2 Morocco (King Hassan II Cup) January 20, 1999: France 1-0 Morocco (International Friendly) June 6, 2000: France 5-1 Morocco (King Hassan II Cup) November 16, 2007: France 2-2 Morocco (International Friendly) Team news ⦿Morocco: Atlas Lions captain Roman Saiss starts the semifinal after a major injury concern.
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