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R. Kolo Muani
2 - 0
R. Kolo Muani
O. Dembélé
A. Ezzalzouli
S. Amallah
S. Boufal
Yellow Card
T. Hernández
1 - 0

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38% 61%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 3
Total Passes 363 576
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France are the first team to play in successive World Cup finals since Brazil in 2002 and will aim to win the crown for a second time in a row when they face Argentina on Sunday at Lusail Stadium.
France advance to their second World Cup final in a row courtesy of a 2-0 win over Morocco in their semi-final clash. Theo Hernandez put Les Bleus in front in the fifth minute with a close-range finish after Kylian Mbappe's effort was blocked. France spurned opportunities to double their advantage, which gave Morocco hope as Jawad El Yamiq struck the post. However, Didier Deschamps' men remained strong at the back and duly notched their second to wrap up the contest through substitute Randal Kolo Muani, who scored his first international goal to send his team into the final.
90' + 4' OFF THE LINE! Kounde prevents Hamdallah from scoring from close range with a great block on the line. Attiyat-Allah makes a great run down the left flank and sees his shot from the byline saved by Lloris. The loose ball travels out to Ounahi, who lashes a strike on the half-volley towards goal. Hernandez sticks out a boot to make a block, but Hamdallah latches onto it and steers a strike towards the net. Kounde is in the right place at the right time to deny the forward and Morocco.
90' + 4' OVER! Ounahi takes possession on the edge of the France box and shoots with power, but his effort is deflected over the bar.
90' + 2' Mbappe has a surge into the Morocco box, but Hakimi stops his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate with a good sliding challenge.
90' Aboukhlal latches onto a throughball in the inside-left channel. He takes a touch to fire at goal, but he sees his effort held by Lloris. The offside flag went up late anyway against the forward.
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
88' France are in game-management mode. They are almost over the line here.
86' Ziyech tries to force his way past Thuram in the box, but the forward holds firm in his defensive duties and wins a goal-kick for his team.
85' Ziyech's delivery is cleared with ease by the France backline. Varane and Konate have been solid. The latter has made a strong case to start the final ahead of Upamecano.
84' Hamdallah wins a free-kick on the right flank, which will allow Ziyech a chance to whip a cross into the box.
82' France have not kept a clean sheet in the competition yet. Deschamps will be eyeing the shutout now to ensure his side advance with as little drama as possible.
81' France have again been clinical in front of goal. Les Bleus are now nine minutes - plus stoppage time - away from reaching successive World Cup finals.
80' Kolo Muani's goal was the second-quickest scored by a substitute in a World Cup knockout stage match (44 seconds), after Denmark's Ebbe Sande against Nigeria in 1998 (26 seconds).
R. Kolo Muani
79' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! KOLO MUANI CONVERTS AT THE BACK POST!!!!! 2-0 FRANCE!!!!!! Kolo Muani scores his first international goal with his first touch in the game to surely send France back to the World Cup final. Mbappe causes havoc in the final third as he twists and turns to fire towards goal. His effort is charged down, but the rebound falls kindly for Kolo Muani to steer the ball past Bounou from six yards. What a time to get your first goal!
R. Kolo Muani
O. Dembélé
79' Kolo Muani replaces Dembele, who was off the pace in the contest today.
A. Ezzalzouli
S. Amallah
78' Amallah, who only came on as a sub in the first half, is replaced by Ezzalzouli.
78' Hamdallah twists and turns down the left flank and looks for a low cross towards the near post, but his delivery trickles into the side-netting.
76' Hamdallah wins the ball for Morocco in the France half and weaves his way past two challenges. He waits too long for the moment to strike at goal and is forced wide. The Morocco attack then peters out.
74' CHANCE! Fofana and Thuram play a one-two down the left flank that allows the former to line up a strike in the inside-left channel. However, he curls his strike wide of the target with Mbappe in space in the middle.
72' WIDE! Thuram rises at the back post to attack Griezmann's free-kick from the left flank, but he can only glance his header wide of the right post.
70' Dari brings down Thuram on the charge with a nudge, handing France a free-kick in a useful position. The Morocco player escapes a yellow card, too.
69' OFFSIDE! Mbappe is beyond the last man again after latching onto Griezmann's offload. His left-footed blast is charged down anyway.
68' Attiyat-Allah latches onto a knockdown in the final third and lifts a cross towards the near post that just evades Aboukhlal and lands into the grasp of Lloris.
Z. Aboukhlal
S. Boufal
67' Aboukhlal comes on to replace Boufal, who had a fine game in the final third.
A. Hamed Allah
Y. En-Nesyri
66' En-Nesyri makes way from the final third and is replaced by Hamdallah.
M. Thuram
O. Giroud
65' Thuram enters the action to replace Giroud for Les Bleus, which sees Mbappe move into a central position.
63' Boufal drops his shoulder and bursts past Hernandez. He goes for the cutback into the middle, but Griezmann gets back to clear the danger for Les Bleus.
60' Giroud sends Mbappe behind the Morocco defence, but the offside flag goes up late after he tees up Griezmann to fire at goal. Mbappe was well beyond the last man there.
57' Ziyech and Ounahi combine down the right flank again, but Hakimi cannot turn to latch onto the latter's pass amid the presence of Varane.
56' Morocco are up for the fight and are really putting France under pressure at the back.
54' SCRAMBLES! Varane and Konate save their team at the back with two vital challenges. Varane has to stretch to apply pressure to En-Nesyri to prevent him from turning in Hakimi's cross from the right flank. Boufal then does well down the left flank to fire a ball into the middle that Konate clears before Ounahi can pounce.
53' Mbappe receives treatment after the strong challenge from Amrabat that rocked the forward.
52' Mbappe paces down the left flank and he bursts to the edge of the box. Amrabat gets back with a brilliant sliding challenge to stop the forward in his tracks.
51' Ziyech plays a sublime interchange with Hakimi, but the cross from the Morocco full-back is cut out in the middle.
48' Griezmann looks to thread the needle to release Mbappe through the middle. It evades the forward and is smothered by Bounou, who stays down after colliding with the latter.
48' Bounou is back on his feet and the game resumes.
47' Mbappe turns on the jets down the left flank and lifts a cross into the box from the byline. It travels over Giroud and out of the penalty area. Kounde gathers, but he sees his blast from 20 yards charged down.
46' We're back under way in this World Cup semi-final clash.
Y. Attiat-Allah
N. Mazraoui
46' Mazraoui is withdrawn at the break due to injury and is replaced by Attiat-Allah.
Walid Regragui should be thrilled with his team. They have not backed down against the world champions despite their early setback and losing their skipper Romain Saiss to injury. Morocco just need to be more clinical in the final third to get back into the contest. France will have chances on the break and Didier Deschamps knows that a second goal could be enough to send his team through to the final again.
France are 45 minutes away from reaching successive World Cup finals as Theo Hernandez's strike has handed them a 1-0 lead at the break against Morocco. Hernandez was on the spot at the back post to convert with a fine finish after Kylian Mbappe had two efforts blocked. Morocco did respond as Azz-Eddine Ounahi tested Hugo Lloris, who produced a solid save, while Jawad El Yamiq struck the post with an overhead kick. France, too, had chances to take command with Olivier Giroud missing two good opportunities. It has been a fascinating half and the second period should be a thriller.
45' + 3' Ziyech tries a clever chipped pass to Amallah from the set-piece, but the midfielder just cannot stretch to bring it under control before the ball runs out of play.
45' + 2' Lloris comes off his line and punches Ziyech's cross away from danger. Amrabat goes down under Mbappe's challenge and wins yet another Morocco free-kick.
45' + 2' Boufal draws a foul down the right flank from Fofana's challenge, allowing Morocco to swing another cross into the France box.
45' + 1' Ziyech probes down the right flank again and wins a corner for his team. He arcs another delivery into the middle, but on this occasion Lloris makes the claim.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
45' OFF THE POST! El Yamiq almost equalises before the break with a stunner. The defender latches on to a loose ball following a Ziyech corner and connects with an overhead kick. His effort travels towards the bottom-left corner, but it strikes the post and Les Bleus scramble away the loose ball.
44' Konate has to make a challenge on the slide to halt Ziyech on the charge down the right flank. Morocco have a corner.
42' France are growing in confidence in possession as we approach the break. Les Bleus would dearly love a second goal to take complete command.
40' WIDE! Varane makes a run to the near post to connect with Griezmann's low cross from the right flank, but he steers his effort harmlessly wide.
39' El Yamiq has to time his challenge to perfection to halt Griezmann on the charge in the inside-right channel, although France have a corner.
36' CHANCES! Mbappe is played through on goal by Tchouameni, but his effort is cleared from the six-yard box by Hakimi. Hernandez gathers the loose ball and fires it straight to Giroud, who has space and time, only to place his effort wide of the left post.
35' OVER! France win a corner down the right flank that Griezmann whips into the box. It falls kindly for Fofana to shoot on the turn after Giroud fails to guide an effort towards goal. The midfielder connects on his left foot, but sends his effort over the top.
33' Hernandez leads a break down the left for France and finds Mbappe before getting wiped out by Dari. Mbappe probes and offloads to Tchouameni to shoot, but his effort strikes Giroud in an offside position.
31' Boufal looks for the run of Mazraoui down the left flank, but the full-back is flagged offside after offloading towards Amallah.
28' Hernandez goes down in need of treatment after the challenge. He appears to be okay to continue.
S. Boufal
Yellow Card
27' Hernandez has a worrying moment as Ziyech breaks in behind him. The full-back recovers, but takes a heavy touch back into his own box. It invites a challenge from Boufal, who catches Hernandez late and goes into the book.
25' Morocco work the ball around the edge of the box before Amrabat tees up Hakimi to strike from the edge of the box, only to see his effort charged down.
23' The game is very much even at the moment. Morocco are seeing a lot of the ball, but will need to be clinical when opportunities arise.
S. Amallah
R. Saïss
21' Amallah comes onto the field to replace the injured Saiss. Morocco will likely change their shape to four at the back as Amallah slots into the midfield.
19' Saiss is struggling to move out there. Morocco may have to withdraw their skipper, who was a doubt before the game.
17' OFF THE POST! France come inches away from a second goal as Giroud rattles the post. Saiss can barely move to clear a long ball, allowing it to bounce over his head. Giroud bursts away from him and lines up a blast on his left foot that crashes into the left post and goes behind.
17' WIDE! Boufal charges at the France defence on the counter and offloads to Ziyech in space. He looks to shoot on his right foot, but he slips as he pulls the trigger and places his effort wide.
15' Ziyech curls a cross into the box from the right flank, but he sees his delivery cleared by Varane ahead of En-Nesyri.
14' Fofana gives away a free-kick in the France half for a foul on Hakimi. Morocco have their first chance to send a cross into the box.
12' Les Bleus are settling into their rhythm as they did against England. They're not dominating possession, but again have made it count on the scoresheet.
10' SAVE! Ounahi almost responds for Morocco, but Lloris makes a fine save. The midfielder is played into space in the France half and he drives to the edge of the box. He curls a strike towards the bottom-right corner, but Lloris stretches to push the ball away from goal.
9' Morocco will have worked a gameplan to try to keep France quiet in the final third for the early stages of the game. That plan has gone out the window and they will need to alter their approach.
7' France have avoided defeat in their last 25 matches when scoring the opening goal in the World Cup dating back to 10th July 1982 against Poland (lost 2-3).
T. Hernández
5' GOALLLLLLL!!!!!!!! HERNANDEZ FIRES FRANCE AHEAD!!!! 1-0!!! Les Bleus take the lead as Hernandez holds his composure from close range to beat Bounou. France cut Morocco open down the inside-right channel as Varane releases Griezmann. He offloads back to Mbappe, who sees two strikes blocked. However, the rebound from his second effort falls kindly for Hernandez to score with a fine finish.
3' Dembele probes in the final third down the right flank and looks for Giroud, but he misplaces his offload allowing Saiss to make the interception.
1' We're under way in this World Cup semi-final clash.
A late change for Morocco before kick-off as Aguerd has been ruled out and is replaced by Dari.
France have alternated between victory and defeat in their six World Cup meetings with African nations, losing 1-0 against Tunisia last time out in this year's group stage. No team has ever lost against two different African sides in the same World Cup before.
Morocco have made two changes to their side from the win over Portugal last time out. Aguerd and Mazraoui both come into the side to replace Attiat-Allah and Amallah after missing the last game due to injury. Amallah drops to the bench for the first time in the knockout stage. Walid Cheddira misses out after being sent off late in the quarter-final victory.
France have been forced into two changes from their win over England. Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot have both been struggling with illness. Rabiot misses out completely and is replaced by Fofana in the middle of the park. Konate gets the call to replace Upamecano in the backline, but the latter does have a place on the bench.
MOROCCO SUBS: Abderazak Hamdallah, Anass Zaroury, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Munir Mohamedi, Ilias Chair, Selim Amallah, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, Bilal El Khannous, Badr Benoun, Yahia Attiyat Allah, Yahya Jabrane.
MOROCCO (5-4-1): Yassine Bounou; Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Achraf Dari, Romain Saiss, Noussair Mazraoui; Hakim Ziyech, Azz-Eddine Ounahi, Sofyan Amrabat, Sofiane Boufal; Youssef En-Nesyri.
FRANCE SUBS: Benjamin Pavard, Axel Disasi, Matteo Guendouzi, Randal Kolo Muani, Jordan Veretout, Steve Mandanda, William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano, Kingsley Coman, Alphonse Areola, Edouardo Camavinga, Marcus Thuram.
FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez; Aurelien Tchouameni, Youssouf Fofana; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.
Morocco have been the storied side of the 2022 World Cup and are the first team from Africa to reach the semi-finals. They will have the support of the entire world, and especially the African continent in their bid to reach the final. Walid Regragui’s men have been nothing short of sensational throughout the competition, but have taken their game to the next level in the knockout phase. They defeated Spain on penalties before producing their best performance against Portugal to send Cristiano Ronaldo and company on their way. Morocco are going to have to produce something special against the reigning champions, but it has been their tournament so far. Could we see more magic from them today?
France are one game away from reaching the World Cup final for the second successive tournament. Brazil were the last side to win back-to-back World Cups in 1962, and Didier Deschamps’ men have the chance to match them if they can beat Morocco and then Argentina in the showpiece. Les Bleus were clinical against England in the quarter-finals, overcoming the Three Lions without being at their best. They were at the mercy of Harry Kane’s finishing from the penalty spot that saved them from extra-time. Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud’s strikes were enough to secure their place in the last four, but Deschamps will know that his side will have to be better to overcome a spirited Morocco outfit that will relish the underdog role.
Hello and welcome to the 2022 World Cup semi-final clash between France and Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium.