The Story of Cinderella in the FIFA World Cup 2022 came to an end on Wednesday, Ash France eliminated Morocco, 2-0, at Al Bayt Stadium to close the semi-final and send France to its second successive World Cup final. The French are now the fifth defending champion to reach the World Cup final, along with 1938 Italy, 1962 Brazil, 1990 Argentina, 1998 Brazil.
France is now at the door Argentina in Sunday’s championship game (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app), while Morocco enters the fray Croatia on Saturday in the game for third place (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).
Highlights France vs. Morocco | FIFA World Cup 2022
Congratulations to two all-time greats!
Here were the best plays!
France 2, Morocco 0
5′: Goal! Hernández’s score puts France 1-0
Theo Hernández scored from a shot from the penalty area that gave France an early 1-0 lead. It was only the second goal Morocco has conceded at this World Cup, and the first was an own goal.
France’s Theo Hernandez scores goal vs. Morocco in 5′
France’s Theo Hernandez scores the opening goal against Morocco in the 5′ of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
10 ‘: Morocco almost equalizes
France keeper Hugo Lloris saved a shot just outside the penalty area from Azzedine Ounahi that kept France 1-0 ahead.
17′: From the mail!
Olivier Giroud hit the left post with a left footed shot from just outside the box.
24′: Morocco fans still full of energy!
36′: Giroud just wide!
France had two chances, Youssouf Fofana missed one and Giroud shot just wide in the penalty area.
39′: A great tackle prevents a chance for France
Jawad El Yamiq made a great tackle that prevented a golden opportunity for France in the penalty area.
44′: So close! Almost the goal of the tournament!
Jawad El Yamiq delivered a beautiful stroke on a bicycle kick off a bouncing ball, but is disallowed by the post!
52′: Mbappé goes down
Kylian Mbappé is knocked out in a tackle and receives medical attention on the field.
53 ‘: Morocco fans feel the momentum changing
65′: Sportsmanship still going strong
79′: Goal! France leads 2-0 late
Randal Kolo Muani connected through a pass from the penalty area, despite coming into the game just a minute early!
Randal Kolo Muani of France scores goal vs. Morocco in 79′
Randal Kolo Muani of France makes contact at the first touch in the match and scores a goal against Morocco in the 79′ of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
92′: Mbappé does Mbappé things
94′: Morocco almost got its first!
Abderrazak Hamdallah’s left footed shot was blocked in front of the net and displaced by France to keep the score at 2–0 in the dying minutes. That score would be the final result of the match.
France can now celebrate!
Game respects game
Morocco fans show their respect
The look ahead
Set up the stage
Wednesday’s match is the sixth overall meeting between France and Morocco, the first to take place at the World Cup. However, Morocco hopes this game will be different from the past, as France are undefeated in their five previous matchups (3-2-0).
France is the first World Cup defending champion to reach the semi-finals since Brazil in 1998. With a win, France would be only the fifth defending champion to reach the World Cup final, joining 1938 Italy, 1962 Brazil, 1990 Argentina and Brazil from 1998.
On the other hand, Morocco is the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, and a victory would make it the first team outside CONMEBOL and UEFA to reach the World Cup finals.
Journey to the final at stake
Friendship can wait
Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi may be teammates at PSG and friends off the field, but today they will come down to them as two of the world’s best for their respective countries.
The wild journey of Morocco here
Hakimi has arrived
France enters the field
A huge ovation for Morocco as they take the field
Morocco fans bring the energy pregame!
The truth significance of jersey colors worldwide
Friend vs. friend for a place in the final
Mbappé controls the fan during warm-up
Morocco fans are ready!
France and Morocco’s walkouts and national anthems ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals
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