(VIDEO) Watch: France vs Morocco Goals and Extended Match Highlights |FREE HD | Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
Les Blues progressed to the World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over a strong Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium thanks to an early goal from Theo Hernandez and a late goal by substitute Randal Kolo Muani.
France will take on Lionel Messi and Argentina in the finals as they continue to be on track to become the first team to do so since Brazil in 1962.
Morocco have been the surprise team of Qatar 2022 and Walid Regragui’s side responded superbly after Hernandez’s fifth-minute opener, pinning back the world champions for significant periods in a display of great courage and skill.
But Eintracht Frankfurt striker Kolo Muani proved to be France’s unlikely hero, scoring with his first touch after Kylian Mbappe had a shot blocked 11 minutes from time.
Before this game, Morocco had only g
conceded one goal all tournament, and even that was an own goal as they became the first African team to advance to the World Cup semifinals.
All three players—Romain Saiss, Nayef Aguard, and Noussair Mazraoui—were deemed healthy enough to play, but West Ham’s Aguard withdrew after the warmups, and captain Saiss was taken off midway through the opening frame because he was clearly having trouble.
That uncertainty appeared to be a factor in the sloppy France opening, in which Antoine Griezmann took advantage of Jawad El Yamiq’s slip to pass the ball back to Mbappe. Hernandez was alert to the possibilities as he produced an acrobatic finish after Hernandez’s first effort was blocked and a second was looped up off Oliver Giroud.
Giroud struck the upright as Saiss’ thigh gave out, but Hugo Lloris had already produced a save at full stretch from Azzedine Ounahi by that point and El Yamiq almost atoned for his error with an overhead kick that thumped the base of the post.
Mbappe’s quick feet made room for a half-blocked shot that fell kindly for Kolo Muani, who had only been on the field for 44 seconds.
The memories of Morocco’s incredible run will last much longer.
Watch: France vs Morocco Goals and Extended Match Highlights |FREE HD | Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
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