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France is in the World Cup final! Morocco misses opportunities, Frankfurt star decides game


France is in the World Cup final! Morocco misses opportunities, Frankfurt star decides game Created: 12/15/2022 8:29 am By: Antonio Jose Riether Celebration and disappointment: France are in the final of the World Cup in Qatar. © Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP The Équipe Tricolore follows Argentina to the World Cup final! In the second semi-final, France defeated Morocco 2-0. The live ticker to read.

France is in the World Cup final!

Morocco misses opportunities, Frankfurt star decides game

Created: 12/15/2022 8:29 am

By: Antonio Jose Riether

Celebration and disappointment: France are in the final of the World Cup in Qatar.

© Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

The Équipe Tricolore follows Argentina to the World Cup final!

In the second semi-final, France defeated Morocco 2-0.

The live ticker to read.

  • World Cup 2022, semi-finals: France - Morocco 2-0 (1-0)

  • After their sensational entry into the semi-finals, the Moroccans now met the

    defending champions


  • France won and are in the final

    for the second year in a row


  • Argentina will be the opponent in the final on Sunday.

    Morocco plays third place against Croatia.



The French national team is back in a World Cup final after 2018 and meets Argentina on Sunday.

Morocco, on the other hand, had to admit defeat despite a strong performance against the reigning world champions, today's chances were too weak.

As the only African team in a World Cup semi-final, Walid Regragui's team made history and could still ennoble the tournament with a third place.

World Cup 2022: France - Morocco 2-0 (1-0)

Lineup France: Lloris - Kounde, Varane, Konaté, Hernández - Tchouaméni, Fofana - Griezmann - Dembélé (79th Kolo Muani), Giroud (65th Thuram), Mbappé

Lineup Morocco: Bono - Hakimi (46th Attiyat Allah), Al-Yamiq, Dari, Saiss, (21st Amallah, 78th Ezzalzouli), Mazraoui - Ziyech, Ounache, Amrabat, Boufal (67th Aboukhlal) - En-Nesyri ( 67. Hamdallah)

Goals: 1-0 Hernandez (5') 2-0 Kolo Muani (80')

90 minutes + 5:

France is already thinking about the final when Morocco almost strikes!

Ounahi pulls from the back after a strong dribble from Aboukhlal, but this shot doesn't go in either.

The North Africans are still denied the goal.

90 minutes + 3:

Three minutes left at Al Bayt Stadium.

France doesn't let anything go wrong and finds an answer to every advance of the Moroccans.

90 minutes:

Lloris saves a shot from Aboukhlal.

There are still six minutes on top of that.

88 minutes:

The Moroccans don't give up, even though they hardly have a chance of reaching the final.

A very courageous performance by the North Africans.

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85 minutes:

Five minutes left on the clock.

France against Morocco: Frankfurt striker Kolo Muani with the second goal

81 minutes: GOOOAAAL!

Is that the decision?

Frankfurt's Randal Kolo-Muani comes on and scores promptly!

Thuram runs towards the penalty area from the left and takes Mbappé with him, who pulls three players towards him and leaves them standing.

The PSG star serves Kolo Muani, who is lurking on the right and only has to put his foot out.

Only 42 minutes passed from the substitution to the goal.

Randal Kolo Muani netted to make it 2-0 for France.

© Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

77 minutes:

The mega chance for Morocco!

Substitute Hamdallah dribbles into the penalty area and has several chances to finish, but doesn't take advantage of them.

Shortly thereafter, the opportunity is gone.

74 minutes:

France is now pressing.

Thuram serves Fofana with a perfect ball, but the Monaco pro only hits the side netting.

71 minutes:

Thuram with the next opportunity for the Équipe Tricolore, Griezmann looks for the striker with a free-kick cross, but the son of 1998 world champion Lilian Thuram puts the ball past.

Fiorentina's Sofyan Amrabat in a running duel with France's superstar Kylian Mbappe.

© Gabriel Bouys/AFP

68 minutes:

And again, Morocco almost has the next chance.

Substitute Aboukhlal just missed a header from a cross from the left.

France vs Morocco live today: Gladbach's Thuram comes into play

65 minutes:

Gladbach's Thuram comes on for Giroud and tries to get in front right away.

But the Moroccan defense can keep him away from the penalty area.

61 minutes:

The next big chance!

Mbappé slows down on a counterattack and looks for Griezmann, who ran with him, and pulls away.

But his shot is deflected and goes against the goal, but referee Ramos had already whistled for offside.

Nevertheless, France always remains dangerous.

58 minutes:

Morocco continues to play well.

The "Lions of Atlas" combine well into the French penalty area, but the conclusion does not want to succeed.

The North Africans are currently closer to equalizing than the French to the second goal.

France against Morocco in the live ticker: Kylian Mbappé is laid

54 minutes:

What a chance.

Attiyat Allah gets the ball perfectly served into the interface and wants to serve a teammate in the penalty area.

But his cross pass in front of Lloris is cleared by the blue-clad Fedensive.

Very strong attack by the Moroccans!

52 minutes:

First Ziyech tries to assert himself in front and loses the ball in the process, in return Mbappé grabs the ball and uses his speed.

However, the striker is placed just outside Amrabat's goal line, but referee César Arturo Ramos sees no offense.

48 minutes:

The French are immediately moving forward, especially Kylian Mbappé.

The PSG star first looks for a teammate in a föanke from the baseline and a little later rushes together with Bono in a one-on-one situation.

46 minutes:

Bitter for Morocco, Bayern professional Noussair Mazraoui has to sleep off the field at half-time.

Yahia Attiyat Allah comes into play for the 25-year-old right-back.

France vs Morocco: Good chances for both sides


France go into halftime with a narrow 1-0 lead.

After just five minutes, Theo Hernandez scored the only goal so far with an artistic dust collector.

However, the Moroccans also had chances, the best opportunity came after an overhead kick by Al-Yamiq.

Giroud also hit the aluminum after an attempt from a distance.

45. +3 minutes:

The stoppage time belongs to the Moroccans.

Ziyech brings the next strong free-kick cross, where the French defense has to be careful again.

The next standard by the Chelsea star is also dangerous.

Shortly thereafter there is a break.

France vs Morocco: Best chance for the North Africans with an overhead kick

44 minutes:

The huge chance after a corner!

Ziyech sends the ball high and high into the box, where Al-Yamiq climbs up with his back to goal and overhead kicks the post.

The French can clarify the situation with oh and noisy.

42nd minute:

Do both teams go into the dressing room with the narrow result of 1-0?

There are at least three more minutes to play.

The French defense is currently stable, but the North Africans are still trying.

Hakimi comes almost in front of the baseline on the right, but Konaté clears with a world-class tackle.

Theo Hernández (No. 22) scored the opening goal for the reigning world champion.

© Franck Fife/AFP

38 minutes:

And the next chance!

This time, Tchouaméni puts it through perfectly to Mbappé, who puts the ball past Bono.

But the Moroccan defense is careful and clears the ball for the time being.

The scene isn't over, however, as Tchouameni passes the devalued ball straight on to Giroud, who is lurking up front.

However, he places his direct acceptance next to the goal.

There was more in it.

France vs Morocco in the ticker: Kylian Mbappé tries again

36 minutes:

The French besiege the Moroccan penalty area again.

Defensive midfielder Fofana swings in from the back but his attempt goes way beyond Bono's box.

34 minutes:

Mbappé gets the chance to shoot, slips away and hits his teammate Giroud.

At the end of the scene the whistle is blown - offside.

31 minutes:

Giroud gets the ball on the center line and takes the free kick against two opponents. The striker, who has already scored four times at the World Cup, has been playing very well for the team so far.

27 minutes:

The first yellow card of the game goes to the Moroccans, which Boufal picks up after a foul on Theo Hernandez.

France vs Morocco live today: Intense match with many fouls

24 minutes:

Konaté pulls Ziyech off his feet near the halfway line.

The fouls start piling up early on.

21 minutes:

Griezmann commits an offensive foul, there is an interruption.

This is the first change, Morocco's captain Saiss has to leave the pitch, Amallah comes in for him.

17 minutes:

Morocco have another chance: This time it's Boufal, who tries it from the right from a tight angle, but the native of France doesn't really get behind the ball and misses the target.

In return, Giroud, who has a little too much space, tries it and slams the leather on the post.

France's Jules Kounde in a duel with Sofyan Amrabat.


15 minutes:

After a foul by Rabiot substitute Fofana, Morocco gets a free kick.

Ziyech puts the ball in front of the goal, but the French defense is wide awake.

11 minutes:

Well, yes!

Ounahe appears in front of France keeper Lloris, but the Tottenham keeper keeps his nerve and defuses the situation with a powerful save.

France vs Morocco live today: Hernandez brother scores

9 minutes:

How does Morocco react?

So far not at all, because the French don't allow anything in the first few minutes.

6 minutes: GOOOAAAL!

Theo Hernandez scores to make it 1-0 for France!

Griezmann drives the ball forward and serves Mbappé in the middle.

The 23-year-old pulls away, but his shot is blocked.

Theo rushes in from the left and artistically hits the lead!

The French lead: Theo Hernández scores to make it 1-0 © Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

3 minutes:

France presses early, but the Moroccans don't let themselves be influenced in the first few minutes and initially keep the ball in their own ranks.

That gives self-confidence.

1st minute:

The ball rolls in al-Khour!


Update, 7:57 p.m .:

The anthems of the two teams sound in Al Bayt Stadium.

Here we go!

Update, 7.45 p.m .:

A few minutes until the start of the second semi-final in Qatar.

Referee César Arturo Ramos is in charge today and will officiate what is expected to be an emotional match between France and Morocco.

Update, 7.35 p.m .: Just under

half an hour until the semifinals between France and Morocco.

A special focus today is the duel between France's Kylian Mbappé and Morocco's Achraf Hakimi, both play at Paris Saint-Germain and are good friends.

But the good relationship between the two will take a back seat for at least ninety minutes today.

Update, 7:15 p.m .:

Three quarters of an hour until the second semi-final kicks off.

Will France follow the Argentines into the final today or will underdog Morocco create the next sensation and make it into the final?

France vs Morocco live today: only one Bayern player on the pitch from the start

Update, 6:56 p.m .:

Now the lists of the two semi-finalists are out!

Although the French have four Bayern pros in their squad, including the injured Lucas Hernández, the only Bayern player is playing for the Moroccans today.

Noussair Mazraoui reported fit before the final and will work on the left defensive flank of the North Africans.

Update, 6:38 p.m .:

The impartial of today’s game is César Arturo Ramos.

The Mexican was in charge of the second group game for the Moroccans, who beat Belgium 2-0 and the 0-0 draw between Denmark and Tunisia.

The 38-year-old referee also played in Portugal's 6-1 win over Switzerland.

France vs Morocco live today: Upamecano is out of the semifinals

Update from December 14, 6:10 p.m .:

Around two hours before the second semi-final of the World Cup in Qatar, there is bad news from defending champion France.

According to the specialist newspaper L'Équipe, national coach Didier Deschamps will have to do without two players against Morocco.

Both midfielder Adrien Rabiot and FC Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano are out due to illness, with Ibrahima Konate and Youssouf Fofana likely to replace them.

Upamecano's Munich team-mate Lucas Hernández was out early on with a cruciate ligament rupture, and Benjamin Pavard's only place at this tournament is currently on the bench.

Kingsley Coman also has to cope with his role as a reservist.

The only Bayern professional on the Moroccan side, Noussair Mazraoui, reported himself fit for the semi-finals.

Will Kylian Mbapé (left) make it to his second World Cup final?

Morocco and striker Youssef En-Nesyri will do everything to prevent that from happening.

© Pro Sports Images/Xinhua/imago

France vs Morocco live today: will the favorite make it to the final again?

First report from December 14:

Doha - For the first time in 22 World Cup finals, an African team advanced to the semi-finals in Qatar.

Morocco first beat Spain in the round of 16 in the knockout stages and then eliminated Portugal a round later as the North Africans face another crucial clash against European giants.

However, the reigning world champion France is in an extremely good mood and is going into the second semi-final as the clear favorite.

France vs Morocco live today: Équipe Tricolore last eliminated England

France faced Poland as well as England en route to the semi-finals, and the quarter-final against the Three Lions was particularly tense.

In the end, the Équipe Tricolore prevailed 2-1 against last year's European Championship finalists and showed themselves to be in world champion form, especially in terms of callousness.

Although the lightning-fast superstar Kylian Mbappé was kept in check by England throughout the game, France made it through to the semi-finals.

Ultimately, it was the 36-year-old veteran striker Olivier Giroud who opened the gate in the last four.

The mix of young and old, carefree and experienced could also be decisive against the poisonous Moroccans.

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The game is very special for the North Africans, Morocco was a French colony for more than forty years.

Some national players of the

Lions de l'Atlas

as well as their head coach Walid Regragui were born in France and partly spent their entire lives in Europe.

The French also have an actor of Moroccan descent in Mattéo Guendouzi.

Emotions are hardly avoidable today.

Should France prevail against the underdog, that would mean the second World Cup final in a row.


Source: merkur

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