France ended Morocco’s magical run at the World Cup in Qatar, defeating them 2-0 in the semi-final to advance to the final once again as they aim to maintain their status as the best in the world.
France will now face Lionel Messi and Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday. They would be only the third repeat champion in World Cup history if they win that match.
In this semi-final game, France were the favorites and they showed why as the defending champions scored in just five minutes.
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Antoine Griezmann slotted a ball into the Morocco box and served it across, looking for French phenom Kylian Mbappe who was running into the middle. When he shot on goal, he was blocked by a Moroccan defender, but the threat was still alive when the ball went to the left post.
There, to pick up his leg and kick it off, was Theo Hernández, overtaking goalkeeper Yassine Bounou to take the lead.
But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about this Morocco team, it’s that they will continually fight regardless of the score. That was how they were able to defeat Spain and Portugal on their way to becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final.
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They put pressure on France but could never get the equalizing goal.
It wasn’t until the 79th minute of the game that the ball found the back of the net again, and you guessed it, Mbappe had his hand in it too.
Once again it was a wide shot as Morcoo had multiple defenders in the path of Mbappe in front of the net. But the ball trickled down the ground this time to the right post, where Randal Kolo Muani, coming on for this match, scored his first career international goal in a World Cup semi-final.
It was the icing on the cake for France as they frustrated the late surges from Morocco and celebrated.
Morocco will still have one game to play, and although the “Atlas Lions” would like to play a World Cup, they should certainly be proud of the effort they showed in Qatar during these matches. They will face Croatia in the game for third place on Saturday.
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For the end, it’s story after story. France wants to repeat, with Mbappé getting his second consecutive World Cup in two attempts. Argentina would love it if Messi could win that elusive World Cup, which is the only box the soccer legend hasn’t scored yet in his career. This is probably your last chance to do it.
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These two powerhouses will meet on the field this Sunday at 10:00 am ET.