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France VS Morocco, FIFA World Cup 2022, 2nd Semi-Final

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France VS Morocco / FIFA World Cup 2022 / Match Summary

France VS Morocco, FIFA World Cup 2022, 2nd Semi-Final (Image Source - aljazeera.com)
France VS Morocco, FIFA World Cup 2022, 2nd Semi-Final (Image Source – aljazeera.com)

The 2nd Semi-Final (France VS Morocco World Cup 2022) of the FIFA World Cup 2022 held in Qatar will begin shortly. Morocco & France will meet in the 2nd Semi-Final. Messi’s Argentina booked their ticket to the final after defeating Croatia 3 – 0 in the 1st Semi-Final. Let’s see who gets the key to the Final to play against Argentina. France has never lost against Morocco. There have been 5 matches between the 2 teams so far. France has won 3 & drawn 2 games during this period. The two last met in 2007. The match ended in a 2 – 2 draw.

France is playing in the Semi-Finals of the World Cup for the 7th time. They lost the 1st 3 Semi-Finals (1958, 1982 & 1986). They won the last 3 Semi-Finals (1998, 2006 & 2018). Morocco will play in the Semi-Finals for the 1st time. They are also the first African team to play in this round.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / The 2nd Semi-Final begins

The 2nd Semi-Final match begins. It’s Morocco who kicks off the tournament. The majority of the audience is supporting for Morocco. Here at Al Bayt Stadium, there’s a sea of Red & Green.

Morocco’s initial period of possession

Morocco has only had the ball for 30 % of the time on average throughout the competition. But they’ve handled it very well thus far.

GOAAAAAAL – France 1 – 0 ahead

5 minutes into the game now. France scores thanks to Théo Bernard François Hernandez. Mbappé’s effort from the edge of the penalty area is blocked, but Hernandez receives the deflection at the far post. Hernandez hammers the ball into the goal with amazing skill. Morocco concedes a scrappy goal. Morocco has fallen behind for the 1st time. In this World Cup, Morocco has never encountered this situation. This was their 2nd goal conceded. France’s goal silenced thousands of Moroccan fans crammed inside Al Bayt Stadium.

Morocco goes for a substitute

Nayef Aguerd was replaced in the starting lineup by Achraf Dari after a last-minute alteration for Morocco. Aguerd was a question mark for today’s game after injuring his hamstring during Morocco’s victory over Spain in the Round Of 16.

Azzedine Ounahi missed a chance

From over 25 yards out, Ounahi fires, but a great save from Lloris. Morocco’s 1st shot of the match.

Shot wide by Hakim Ziyech

Using a well-timed pass, Sofiane Boufal makes a driving run from deep & finds Ziyech on the right side. However, his shot is well too wide.

Olivier Jonathan Giroud strikes the post

Giroud receives a long pass over the top. His fierce drive from the edge of the box hits the post & is deflected for a goal kick.

Morocco goes for an early change

Selim Amallah enters the game in place of injured captain Romain Ghanem Paul Saïss.

Yellow Card for Sofiane Boufal

Hernandez is caught by Boufal in the French box. Hernandez appears to be in pain & is receiving medical care.

Shot wide by Varane

A sprinting Raphaël Xavier Varane receives a corner from Griezmann at the near post, but his shooting misses the target.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / Morocco missed a chance

Jawad El Yaniq came very close to scoring an incredible goal. Hugo Lloris blocks Jawad El Yaniq’s bicycle kick from a corner from Morocco onto the post. A superb effort from Jawad El Yaniq.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / Half Time

Morocco creates a flurry of chances in the 1st Half. They came to life in those last few minutes. Thanks to Jawad El Yaniq ‘s brilliant bicycle kick.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / The 2nd Half has begun

Here we go with the 2nd Half. France kicks off the 2nd Half.

Mbappé has a chance

Antoine Griezmann passes the ball to Mbappé between the 2 center-backs but Yassine Bounou cleans it up in front of him. Mbappéis looking ominous in the 2nd Half.

A strong tackle from Sofyan Amrabat

Strong tackle by Amrabat (Image Source - aljazeera.com)
Strong tackle by Amrabat (Image Source – aljazeera.com)

Amrabat slides in & steals the ball as Mbappé tries to break free. Mbappé is getting medical attention in the field.

France goes for a change

65 minutes into the game now. Marcus Lilian Thuram-Ulien has replaced Olivier Jonathan Giroud.

Morocco goes for a change

66 minutes into the game now. Youssef En-Nesyri & Sofiane Boufal are replaced by Abderrazak Hamdallah & Zakaria Aboukhlal.

Morocco supporters are getting worried now

In the stadium, chants & buzzing noises mask the growing concern on Moroccan fans’ faces. Supporters are looking anxiously at Morocco flags wrapped around half of their faces as less than 20 minutes remaining.

Both France & Morocco goes for a change again

78 minutes into the game now. Abdessamad “Abde” Ezzalzouli has replaced Selim Amallah. Randal Kolo Muani has replaced Masour Ousmane Dembélé.

GOAAAAAAL – France 2 – 0 ahead

79 minutes into the game now. For France, Randal Kolo Muani scores. Mbappé miraculously maneuvers through a mass of legs in the box & attempts a shot, but it’s blocked. Randal Kolo Muani receives the deflection & shoots in from close range. France is now ahead by 2 goals & Morocco is yet to score. Following that 2nd goal, Moroccan supporters began to leave the stadium. Many believe the game is probably over for Morocco with less than 10 minutes left.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / Injury Time

There’s a 6-minute Injury time Limit. France is now within striking reach of the Final Match.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / Morocco almost scored a goal

Morocco is very close to scoring here. Abderrazak Hamdallah gets struck by Azzedine Ounahi’s shot & Jules Olivier Koundé clears him off the line.

France VS Morocco World Cup 2022 / Full Time

The game is over for Morocco. Defending champions France defeated Morocco 2 – 0 in the 2nd Semi-Final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 to reach the Final. France has advanced to the Final for the 2nd time in a row, where Lionel Messi & Argentina are waiting. They need 1 more victory to win back-to-back World Cups, making them the 1st side to do so since Brazil in 1962. Morocco should be proud of their performance. The 2 – 0 score masks how well they played & how tense this game was. In the early stages of the 2nd Half, Morocco put France on the back foot even when they were down by 0 – 1. They played aggressively against the reigning champions.

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France VS Morocco / FIFA World Cup 2022 / 2nd Semi-Final / Final Score

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