FULL-TIME, France 2-0 Morocco: France are through to the Final despite going through some real trouble against a Moroccan side that gave everything they had but couldn’t find a way to score past the champs’ defense. It’s Messi vs Mbappé in the Final, and Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembélé can bring the World Cup home for Barça. Can’t wait for Sunday!
GOAL! France 2-0 Morocco (Muani 79’): FRANCE DOUBLE THE LEAD! Thuram finds Mbappé inside the box and after a series of moves his shot is deflected by a defender and Kolo Muani is quickest to the ball at the far post and fires it home!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! France 1-0 Morocco: Back underway in Al Khor!
HALFTIME, France 1-0 Morocco: France scored early, gave Morocco and tried to get a second on the counter. They missed a few big chances, and the Moroccans nearly equalized just before halftime with an amazing bicycle kick by Yamiq that hit the post. This one is definitely not over at the break, and the second half should be fun.
GOAL! France 1-0 Morocco (T. Hernandez 5’): FRANCE TAKE THE LEAD! Griezmann finds Mbappé inside the box and after he has two shots blocked the ball falls to Théo Hernandez at the far post and the AC Milan full-back fires it home with a pretty volley!
KICKOFF! France 0-0 Morocco: And we’re underway in Al Khor!
And then there were three. The 2022 World Cup has reached its pinnacle and one nation has already booked a spot in Sunday’s title match, and now it’s time to find out who will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina for the biggest trophy in all of sports.
And this memorable World Cup filled with upsets could be in line for one more as defending champions France take on Morocco. The French have done their homework so far in the tournament, and despite the nervous moments in the quarterfinal against England they found the goals when it mattered and booked a spot in the semis. Ousmane Dembélé and Jules Kounde are only one game away from the Final, but standing in their way is the biggest surprise of the tournament.
Morocco knocked out Spain in the Round of 16 and shocked the world again by beating Portugal in the quarterfinals, becoming the first African nation to reach the World Cup’s Final Four. They are incredibly well coached and their most talented players have delivered in every big moment in Qatar, and there is no reason to believe they can’t do it one more time against the champs.
This should be an incredible semifinal, and you are welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Konaté, T. Hernandez; Tchouaméni, Fofana; Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé; Giroud (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Mandanda (GK), Areola (GK), Upamecano, Saliba, Disasi, Pavard, Veretout, Camavinga, Guendouzi, Coman, Thuram, Muani
Starting XI: Bounou; Saiss, Yamiq, Aguerd; Hakimi, Amrabat, Ounahi, Mazraoui; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal (3-4-3)
Substitutes: Munir (GK), Tagnaouti (GK), Dari, Banoune, Allah, Sabiri, Amallah, Khannous, Jabrane, Hamdallah, Zaroury, Chair, Aboukhal, Ez Abde
Competition/Round: 2022 FIFA World Cup, Semifinals, Match 2
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10pm local time, 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 8pm WAT (Nigeria), 12.30am IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Referee: César Ramos (MEX)
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: FOX (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), others
Online: FOX Sports App, Sling TV (USA), others
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