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France wakes up Morocco


Mbappé's team will play the final against Messi's Argentina after beating a competitive African rival

Mbappé's France already has an appointment with Messi's Argentina.

Two two-time world champions face to face next Sunday in Lusail.

And with the great icon of the football century and who else suggests that it will be his heir.

Along the way, the French team woke up Morocco, a team that has left its mark in Qatar, where it more than earned the right to dream.

A team that during a long stretch of the match competed with everything it has and more against the champion.



Lloris, Ibrahima Konate, Varane, Koundé, Theo Hernández, Youssouf Fofana, Kylian Mbappe, Aurelien Tchouameni, Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé (Randal Kolo Muani, min. 78) and Giroud (Marcus Thuram, min. 64)



Bono, Romain Saiss (Selim Amallah, min. 20), Achraf Dari, Noussair Mazraoui (Y. Attiat-Allah, min. 45), Jawad El Yamiq, Achraf Hakimi, Sofiane Boufal (Zakaria Aboukhal, min. 66), Sofyan Amrabat , Azz-Eddine Ounahi, Hakim Ziyech and En-Nesyri (Abderazak Hamdallah, min. 65)


1-0 min.

4: Theo Hernandez.

2-0 min.

78: Randal Kolo Muani.


César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos

Yellow cards Sofiane Boufal (min. 26)

Initially, Morocco moved, which Walid Regragui lined with three centrals.

Damn football is so twisted that within a quarter of an hour two of his centurions had already screwed up.

The first, El Yamiq.

The Valladolid defender went too far against Griezmann, the play got mixed up and Theo Hernández solved the mess with an acrobatic goal.

What no one had achieved in five games, beating Morocco —a goal against, at Aguerd's own goal—, France had already celebrated.

And he did it before starting to play, because at 1-0 he did not have time to be the son of the game.

He had to examine the African team rowing against the current.

And against the world champion, which intimidates anyone, especially an apprentice team in a World Cup semifinal.

Arrived at the second act, Morocco did not wrinkle, ready to do chest whatever it cost.

Initially, Regragui's team did notice Theo's shake.

And his trembling almost worsened when another centre-back, Captain Saiss, swallowed a jump from the ball and Giroud smashed the ball into the post to Bono's right.

With almost nothing, Didier Deschamps's team was already winning and shaking their rival, barely freed by a warped shot from Ounahi that Lloris deflected.

Regragui had no choice but to operate after 20 minutes.

And not because of the skids of his defenders, so waterproof throughout the tournament.

Saiss, who already against Portugal had to retire wearing shoes on a stretcher, asked for relief.

The coach took advantage of the turn of the change to rectify the blackboard.

The line with the three centrals is over and back to 4-3-3.

hook in the area

Deschamps also altered the French format.

With Rabiot absent due to a viral problem, the French coach opted for Fofana and stitched up the midfield with him to the left of Tchouameni and Griezmann to his right.

Nothing of the 4-2-3-1 that gave Griezmann so much panorama, one of the candidates for the


of the championship.

With less radar, more subject to the position of the midfielder, a less radiant Griezmann, with less weight in the game.

Trainer attacks.

The French players celebrate the second goal of the match.KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (AFP)

Randal Kolo Muani scoring France's second goal from a pass from Mbapeé.


Achraf Hakimi tries to head a ball in front of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Martin Meissner (AP)

Antoine Griezmann and Selim Amallah struggling on u8n divided ball during the semifinals between France and Morocco. Thanassis Stavrakis (AP)

Kylian Mbappé, sore after being fouled in the match against Morocco.


Azzedine Ounahi fights a divided ball with the French defender Dayot Upamecano.ANTONIN THUILLIER (AFP)

Jawad El Yamiq, trying to score from the Chilean against defenders Theo Hernández and Ousmane Dembele.Petr David Josek (AP)

Hakim Ziyech, from Morocco, lying on the ground after suffering a blow in the match against France.

Georgi Licovski (EFE)

The French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris clears a ball that was going to the goal in the match against Morocco.


Noussair Mazraoui clears a ball in front of French striker Giroud, in the second game of the World Cup semifinals in Qatar.

Natacha Pisarenko (AP)

Yassine Bounou conceding the goal scored by Theo Hernández in the semifinal match against France.


Theo Hernández, celebrating his goal against Morocco.


Theo Hernández (left) scoring the first goal for France in the match against Morocco.


Kylian Mbappé, after receiving a foul during the match against Morocco.


Kylian Mbappé, top left, shoots on goal under pressure from three Moroccan players in the World Cup semifinal match in Qatar.

Petr David Josek (AP)

Group of Moroccan players before the game that confronts them against the French team in the semifinals of the World Cup in Qatar.

Petr David Josek (AP)

A Moroccan fan with a flag unfurled in the stands of the stadium.

Natacha Pisarenko (AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron (center) in the box of the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor (Qatar). ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (AFP)

Moroccan fans in the stands of the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor (Qatar). Petr David Josek (AP)

Kylian Mbappé apologizing to a French fan after hitting him in the face with a ball during the warm-up before the match against Morocco.


Kylian Mbappé, warming up before the game against Morocco in the World Cup semifinals in Qatar.

Francisco Seco (AP)

The starting players of Morocco, during the warm-up prior to the match against France.

Noushad Thekkayil (EFE)

France did not flow without Rabiot and a reduction from Griezmann, despite the good judgment of Tchouameni.

By the way, the champion had a hard time plugging in Mbappé and Dembélé, the fans.

France, so confident, finds it more difficult to manage matches than to win them.

With just enough, before the break, a double chance was obtained derived from a double assist from Tchouameni.

First he headed for Mbappé, who got past Bono, but a defender threw his broom under the crossbar.

The rejection came again to the madridista, clinical again, who left Giroud a phalanx of 2-0.

Little by little, Morocco began to compete, encouraged by a wonderful overhead kick from El Yamiq to the right post of Lloris's goal.

The Atlas team let go, accepted the challenge of being struck down on the run by Mbappé or Dembélé and decided to close in on the French goal as much as possible.

Lloris took more than one notice.

His team, subdued by the rival's zeal, did not have enough thread with Mbappé, when he was betting on that under the hood.

When the fabulous Parisian sprinter burst in, Amrabat and Dari sent him to the canvas without regard.

The Mexican referee César Ramos made the slices.

Ziyech stirred up the Moroccan attack, Amrabat held the racket in the midfield cabinet and Ounahi gave harmony to the game.

The second act was from Morocco.

Deschamps warned him, who retired the scorer Giroud so that Mbappé could test if he was more comfortable as a striker.

Thuram then played winger on the left.

Morocco took out the fang in each assault, in each dispute.

But he lacks a hook in the outside area, just what distinguishes Messi's Argentina, Mbappé's France or Kane's England.

With the


everything is easier.

The real one, the one from France, was inspired by the 79th minute. Three diabolical dribbles inside the area, where the normal ones feel dizzy when they see so much crocodile, and his shot was sealed by Kolo Muani.

The Eintracht forward had been on the field for a few seconds.

With Mbappé any moment is good.

Messi awaits you on Sunday.

The well-deserved honors of a fan that supported him to infinity await Morocco.

Part of the cover of this World Cup will always be Moroccan.

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Source: elparis

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