Defending world champions finish Morocco’s World Cup desires and guide their place within the remaining.
France have crushed Morocco 2-0 at Al Bayt Stadium to assert a spot in Sunday’s World Cup remaining.
They are going to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who booked their spot with Tuesday’s win over Croatia.
In an end-to-end sport on Wednesday, the defending world champions took their possibilities, however Morocco didn’t make life simple for France, with notable intervals of attacking possession both aspect of the halftime break.
Theo Hernandez spoils Morocco’s occasion
Morocco pressed excessive early, however left gaps on the again. When Antoine Griezmann discovered one such house within the fifth minute, Morocco panicked. His effort was blocked, nevertheless it rebounded for Kylian Mbappe. Morocco franticly managed to get in the way in which of his effort too, however failed to manage or clear it, and it bounced to Theo Hernandez.
Hernandez paused for a split-second, unhurried because the ball got here to a placing peak whereas goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was bearing down upon him, then leapt into the air and linked with the ball fantastically, sending it previous the keeper and into the web. It was the primary purpose Morocco had conceded to an opposition participant on the World Cup in Qatar.
5 minutes in, and Morocco’s already robust job turned even tougher.
Morocco make France work
Azzedine Ounahi’s ninth-minute effort from 25 metres out pressured an excellent save from a diving Hugo Lloris. Hakim Ziyech shot vast within the fifteenth minute after a candy breakaway from Morocco’s field.
However then it was France’s probability to counter, and Olivier Giroud smashed a shot into Morocco’s left upright.
With half an hour down, Morocco had one other good spell of possession in entrance of France’s purpose, however once more Walid Regragui’s males couldn’t discover a means via France’s defence. With seven blue shirts in their very own field at one level, not even Hakim Ziyech’s mazy back-and-forth probing run might quantity to something.
Simply earlier than halftime, a fantastic supply from the nook by Ziyech finally got here to Jawad El-Yamiq. El-Yamiq, again to purpose, launched himself into the air, connecting for a spectacular overhead bicycle kick that pressured Lloris to palm the shot onto the put up.
Two minutes later and one other nook for Ziyech. This was comfortably handled by Lloris, however gave the Moroccans a way of momentum. They have been getting underneath the pores and skin of the French, who promptly gave away two free kicks inside placing distance. On the break, France have been forward, however Morocco’s Atlas Lions have been those roaring.
Hamdala goes shut
Abderrazak Hamdallah stopped twice as he neared France’s purpose within the 74th minute, maybe second-guessing himself on this enormous event. Regardless of the cause, it was one cease too many for Morocco’s greatest probability of a number of within the second half.
Mbappe, Thuram and Muani mix
Kolo Muani, on the sphere for lower than a minute, couldn’t miss from two yards out. Mbappe managed to choose up a unfastened Moroccan cross in midfield, bringing it right into a congested Moroccan field. His shot bounced off Abde Ezzalzouli into the trail of Muani, who tapped it in. Sport over.