World Cup 2022: France 2-0 Morocco – holders arrange Argentina closing

World Cup 2022: France 2-0 Morocco – holders arrange Argentina closing

France have been pushed all the best way by World Cup wildcards Morocco earlier than the holders sealed a spot in Sunday’s closing in opposition to Argentina.

The primary African facet to achieve a World Cup semi-final refused to buckle, regardless of struggling the early blows of shedding key defender Nayef Aguerd to damage after he was named within the beginning line-up, after which going behind to Theo Hernandez’s scrambled fifth minute purpose.

For all Morocco’s endeavour and spirit, France have been extra scientific and substitute Randal Kolo Muani ensured they may defend their crown in opposition to Argentina and Lionel Messi at Lusail Stadium on Sunday when he turned in Kylian Mbappe’s deflected shot 11 minutes from time.

Morocco additionally misplaced the clearly unfit Romain Saiss to damage earlier than half-time however, roared on by their fanatical assist, they got here near drawing stage, particularly when Jawad El Yamiq’s overhead kick was tipped on to the put up by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

France, with Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate excellent, stored their composure within the hothouse environment of Al Bayt Stadium and had probabilities of their very own, Olivier Giroud placing the put up within the first half.

Didier Deschamps’ facet all the time threatened on the break and so it proved because the lurking Muani lastly broke Morocco’s resistance late on together with his first contact, 44 seconds after approaching, for his maiden France purpose.

France keep cool on street to glory

France wanted to maintain their nerve to remain heading in the right direction to turn into the primary nation to retain the World Cup for 60 years, following Brazil’s triumphs in 1958 and 1962.

They confronted a wall of sound from Morocco’s assist, with ear-splitting whistles each time that they had possession – and whereas it was not a traditional efficiency, France remained organised and bought the job carried out to arrange a closing of two giants to conclude this Qatar World Cup.

Konate, in for Dayot Upamecano, who was wanting match health, epitomised French solidity and coach Deschamps shall be arduous pushed make a change in that essential defensive place on Sunday.

And, in fact, the narrative of Mbappe in opposition to Messi will come to a climax on Sunday as France attempt to repeat their 2018 triumph, once they beat Croatia within the closing in Moscow.

The understated Deschamp has put collectively a France group spearheaded by the good Mbappe, and so they rode their luck at occasions.

France, nevertheless, are in one other World Cup closing and the 54-year-old Deschamps, who captained them once they claimed the crown on residence soil in 1998, now has the prospect to turn into solely the second coach to win the event twice.

Morocco’s night time of delight

Morocco’s gamers and training employees got an enormous and extended ovation from their supporters, who’ve been an actual spotlight of this World Cup, once they went in direction of them to take the acclaim after the ultimate whistle.

And it was utterly deserved after one more efficiency of expertise and character which confirmed precisely why they’ve been such a wonderful shock bundle at this World Cup.

Morocco coach Walid Regragui may have been forgiven for feeling the fates have been in opposition to them after shedding essential gamers earlier than and shortly after kick-off, in addition to going behind.

Not a little bit of it.

Impressed by the magnificent Sofyan Amrabat, Morocco redoubled their efforts and have been so near restoring parity when El Yamiq’s effort was pushed on to the put up.

Morocco additionally had a transparent penalty attraction waved apart within the first half when goalscorer Hernandez flattened Sofiane Boufal within the space. Not solely was the spot-kick not given, however Boufal was mystifyingly proven a yellow card.

Nonetheless Morocco pushed after the break, however they wasted alternatives with a reluctance to shoot, a failing that left them weak to a second France purpose, which duly got here.

Morocco could have lastly been crushed however what a trip this has been for the World Cup and for African soccer as they beat Belgium, Spain and Portugal – three of the worldwide sport’s elite – on the best way to the final 4.

It is a fantastic platform to construct on and Morocco have given their followers World Cup reminiscences they may treasure for ever after this marketing campaign in Qatar.

Participant of the match

S AmrabatSofyan Amrabat

Line-ups

France

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 5Koundé
  • 4Varane
  • 24Konaté
  • 22Hernández
  • 8Tchouaméni
  • 13Fofana
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forKolo Muaniat 79′minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10Mbappé
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forThuramat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pavard
  • 3Disasi
  • 6Guendouzi
  • 12Kolo Muani
  • 15Veretout
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Saliba
  • 18Upamecano
  • 20Coman
  • 23Aréola
  • 25Camavinga
  • 26Thuram

Morocco

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Bono
  • 2Hakimi
  • 20Dari
  • 6SaïssSubstituted forAmallahat 21′minutesSubstituted forEzzalzouliat 78′minutes
  • 18El Yamiq
  • 3MazraouiSubstituted forAttiat-Allahat 45′minutes
  • 7Ziyech
  • 8Ounahi
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 17BoufalBooked at 27minsSubstituted forAboukhlalat 67′minutes
  • 19En-NesyriSubstituted forHamdallahat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hamdallah
  • 10Zaroury
  • 11Sabiri
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Chair
  • 14Aboukhlal
  • 15Amallah
  • 16Ezzalzouli
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23El Khannouss
  • 24Benoun
  • 25Attiat-Allah
  • 26Jabrane

Referee:César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos

Attendance:68,294

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