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Hernandez's goal - the fastest in a World Cup semi-final since 1958. A record not seen since Israel's game in 1970. And also: the amazing statistic of the French defensive players

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Argentina is already waiting to know - who they will meet in the World Cup final on Sunday.

The second semi-final was held tonight (Wednesday) between world champions France and Morocco - perhaps the biggest surprise in the history of world cups.

Ahead of the game, here are some stats and records that are at stake.

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* Theo Hernandez's goal, 4:39 minutes from the opening, was the fastest in a World Cup semi-final since 1958. Then it was Vaughan who put Brazil ahead against France.

* Four of France's last five World Cup semi-final goals have been scored by defenders: a brace from Lilian Thuram in 1998, Samuel Umtiti in 2018 and Hernandez tonight.

The exception in the list is Zinedine Zidane in 2006.

* Theo Hernandez became the third French defender to both score and score for the tricolor in the same World Cup.

He was preceded by Marius Trezor in 1982 and Vicente Lizarazzo on his way to winning in 1998.

* Roman Saiss, who left in the 21st minute, is the captain who is replaced at the earliest stage in the World Cup since Pedro Rocha - captain of the Uruguayan team who was replaced in the 13th minute against the Israeli team in 1970.

* Hugo Lloris equaled Manuel Neuer as a goalkeeper with the most appearances in the World Cup - 19. As you remember, earlier in the tournament Lloris became the French national team's all-time record for appearances when he overtook another world champion - Lilian Thuram.

* The French team has only two players from the local league, while the Moroccan team has three players from the French league.

Kylian Mbappe and Yussuf Popana on one side, Ashraf Hakimi, Ezzedine Onahi and Sufian Boufal (the last two from Anjou) on the other side.

* Morocco made history as soon as they stepped onto the field, by becoming the first African to play in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

After Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana were previously stopped in the quarter-finals, the Atlas Lions managed to break the glass ceiling.

* Two French-born members of the Moroccan national team - captain Romain Saiss and Soufian Boufal.

* France's five visits to the Euro or World Cup semi-finals ended in qualification for the final.

Will the streak be extended tonight?

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