Monday , January 30 2023

World Cup semifinals: France 1-0 Morocco

France got the opener in the fifth minute thanks to Theo Hernandez’s tap-in after a finishing effort from Mbappe.





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  • 27′

    Boufal got a yellow card after a dangerous challenge against Hernandez, who scored the opener for France.



  • 19′

    Moroccan captain Romain Saiss was subbed off for Selim Amallah, which is not surprising given the injury he suffered in the last match with Portugal.



  • 18′

    France immediately retaliated when Giroud hit the post with his powerful finish.

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    Giroud’s finish. Photo by Reuters



  • 17′

    Morocco switched to attack quickly as Ziyech picked up a fine pass close to the box. The chance would have been more relevant if Ziyech took the shot with his left foot.



  • 15′

    Both teams started slow, but after France’s early opener, the pace increased.



  • 10′

    Morocco had their response with Azzedine Ounahi’s dangerous curler but Lloris made an excellent save.



  • 5′

    France scored early!

    In their first attack, France got the opener. Theo Hernandez was there to tap it in after a finishing effort from Mbappe. Morocco are behind for the first time in the tournament.

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    Theo Hernandez’s tap-in that opened the score for France. Photo by Reuters



  • 1′

    Game on!

    France play the game in their traditional blue jersey and Morocco in red. The first World Cup semifinal involving an African team is officially underway.

Morocco captain Romain Saiss and center-back partner Nayef Aguerd have been passed fit to play after suffering injuries in the previous matches.

France have made two changes after Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano caught colds and missed training on Monday and Tuesday. Rabiot is replaced in midfield by Youssouf Fofana and defender Ibrahima Konate comes in for Upamecano.

France: Hugo Lloris (captain), Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann, Aurelien Tchouameni, Youssouf Fofana, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe

Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss (captain), Noussair Mazraoui, Sofyan Amrabat, Hakim Ziyech, Azzedine Ounahi, Soufiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri

Morocco captain Romain Saiss and center-back partner Nayef Aguerd have been passed fit to play after suffering injuries in the previous matches.

France have made two changes after Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano caught colds and missed training on Monday and Tuesday. Rabiot is replaced in midfield by Youssouf Fofana and defender Ibrahima Konate comes in for Upamecano.

France: Hugo Lloris (captain), Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann, Aurelien Tchouameni, Youssouf Fofana, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe

Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss (captain), Noussair Mazraoui, Sofyan Amrabat, Hakim Ziyech, Azzedine Ounahi, Soufiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri

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