France ended Morocco’s run in Qatar by defeating them 2-0 in the FIFA World Cup semi-final to stay on track for a successful title defense. In the World Cup 2022 final, France will now face Argentina.
The holders, who had been hoping for an early goal to take the lead at the Al Bayt Stadium and shake their team’s confidence, are off to a perfect start thanks to Theo Hernandez’s goal in the fifth minute. It was still a close game because Morocco overcame injuries and showed no defense against France’s reputation, taking the game to them in effort, adding to Morocco’s excellent reputation at the tournament.
After 11 minutes on the field, substitute Randal Kolo Muani scored a second goal for France to even the score. To score the first goal, Antonie Griezmann’s run down the right and a cutback pass that Kylian Mbappe initially mishandled led Hernandez to lift his left foot high.
Kylian Mbappe was the creator of the second goal as he attempted to score first to dribble through the whole defense of Morocco and then shot, which was then blocked by Kolo Muani.
Morocco were severely impacted by the injuries to their primary center backs, and the gamble to start Nayef Aguerd didn’t work out because he injured his hamstring during warm-ups.