Al Khor, Qatar – France have put an finish to Morocco’s dream of reaching a World Cup last, with a 2-0 victory that places them on a path in the direction of a doubtlessly epic second straight World Cup victory.
Twenty-three-year-old phenom Kylian Mbappe was pivotal to each of France’s objectives. His deflected effort barely 5 minutes into Wednesday’s match arrange Theo Hernandez, whereas a powerful try within the 79th minute led to Randal Kolo Muani’s simple tap-in to place the tense sport to mattress.
Morocco, the primary African workforce to ever play in a World Cup semifinal, was inflicting issues for the reigning world champions all through the encounter at Al Bayt Stadium, as they dominated possession and stored French keeper Hugo Lloris busy.
The Atlas Lions will now face 2018 finalists Croatia within the third-place playoff on Saturday, which is able to finish their storybook run on the first World Cup to be held within the Center East.
In the meantime, 2018 winners France dream of their very own fairytale ending, hoping to change into the primary back-to-back winners since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
On Sunday, they may face Argentina at Lusail Stadium, with Mbappe and Argentina legend Lionel Messi set to guide the 2 sides right into a extremely anticipated battle on the pitch.