Presentation of the match
It’s an unprecedented semi-final, because it’s the first time Morocco has played such an important match in the World Cup, but no less fascinating than others for this. It will also be a match with important social implications, it is not for nothing that many Moroccan footballers were born in France and in turn several French footballers have Moroccan origins and in any case from North African countries once dominated by the French.
From a technical point of view, the match is entirely on France’s side, both for the level of its squad, for the experience that French players have, but also for the progress made so far in the matches played. Dechamps’ team is strong in all departments, starting with goalkeeper Lloris and finishing in attack with Mbappe, a true absolute phenomenon of this world championship.
Morocco, a real surprise of the tournament, makes the collective and the race its strength, has players of absolute level, like Hakimi and Ziyech. As he has demonstrated so far, he can put any opponent in difficulty, ask Spain and Portugal and France must not make the mistake of feeling already in the final. For Morocco it is already a dream to have reached the semi-finals, but in the other games they have shown that the dream can come true and in every game you have to fight and believe in it. We’ll see if they can repeat the other matches or if the energies expended to get to this semi-final have run out.
Match commentary – First Half
France got off to a strong start, taking the lead in the 5th minute with Theo Hernandez kicking on goal after a clearance by the goalkeeper following a double shot by Mbappe. On the 10th occasion for Morocco with Ounahi kicking from outside, for Lloris. On the 18th occasion for Giroud who, after a mistake by the Moroccan defense flies to the left, kicks with his left foot and hits the post.
In the 27th minute Boufal was booked for an imprudent foul play against an opponent. On the 36th occasion for Giroud who shoots close to the penalty spot but the ball goes wide. On 45′ chance for Morocco with El Yamiq who hits the post with a bicycle kick. At the end of the first half in the 48th minute.
First half initially dominated by France who immediately took the lead, but a good reaction from Morocco, who came close to equalizing, with El Yamiq hitting the post as time expired.
On the 53rd occasion for Attiat-Allah who crosses a dangerous ball, he frees the French defence. In the 69th minute France attacked with Dembele who, however, was unable to break through. On the 71st occasion for France with Thuram who can’t find the goal. In the 77th minute Morocco attacks but can’t find the space to worry the French defence. In the 80th minute Goal from France with Kolo Muani who has just entered and scores on an assist from Mbappe.
In the 87th minute Ziyech’s free kick was rejected by the French defense. On the 90th occasion for Aboukhlal who kicks with his left foot, but he started offside. In the 97th minute the Mexican referee Ramos whistled. France wins 2-0 and flies to the final.
France for the second consecutive time reaches the final of the World Cup and on Sunday they will meet Argentina. Deschamps’ team made the game their own thanks to the greater experience of its players compared to those of Morocco, having made the most of the chances created. Morocco tried to equalize but their forwards were unable to stay cool in front of Lloris’ goal and take advantage of the chances created.
Morocco’s match was good again today, an absolute surprise in this World Cup. The French, who have shown throughout the tournament that they are among the favorites to win the final, also took to the field in this match determined and convinced that they could reach the finish line.