Any promoter would take it and grin, and the world could start three days of idleness, babbling with the utmost expectation. That was after France’s 2-0 semi-final victory over the tournament’s admirable darlings Morocco, which means Sunday welcomes 35-year-old Argentine star Lionel Messi, whose shirt appears On Planet Earth, against Kylian Mbappé, the 23-year-old French star’s jersey has started appearing on kids and adults throughout Planet Earth.
As a bonus, the game will include a host of other players with ridiculous abilities.
“Any team with Messi is a completely different proposition, any team with Mbappe is,” said French striker Antoine Griezmann, 31. . . A whole different proposition.
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France – whose footballing beauty is often matched by the loveliness of its streets, parks, wine, art, architecture, countryside, coastline, language and other things – did against Morocco at this World Cup all other elite teams could not What it did: It scored a goal. It scored in the 5th and 79th minutes, the former becoming the first dent Morocco allowed in all competitions save for a stray own goal for Canada, the first African and the first deficit at a World Cup Arab semi-finalists.
“If there’s one thing I regret about this game,” said new Morocco coach Walid Regraj, “it was the start of the game; we conceded goals very quickly and that gave France the confidence to keep them on track. In good shape.”
France took that advantage to a milestone, becoming the first defending champions since Brazil in 1998 to trek back to the ensuing World Cup final and the fifth since the frantic global habit began in 1930 . It will seek to become the first defending champion since Brazil in 1962, when Pele, Garrincha, Vava, Zito and Amarillo were among the Brazilian names to cheer fans from. , but on the defensive end it was hell.
Who the hell will unlock the defense of Fort Knox in Morocco, which has become so admirable in this game with no conceded goals in its first five games and the start of Game 6, unless Do you count your own goal to deflect the Moroccan’s onslaught right to the start? Who could score in front of the fans in Morocco, who turned out to be so admirable in this game, who dominated the 68,294 crowd at Al Bayt Stadium, and who delivered another thrilling rendition of “Cherifian Anthem”, which is National anthem (lyrics) and French officer (music) by a Moroccan author?
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France can. France certainly could, even if it did have a helping hand of fate, as if it needed to.
First Nayef Aguerd, part of a four-man starting defense, has provided so much strength to Morocco’s hard-earned joy in this tournament, as there was some flu (and affected some French players as well) at all Unable to participate). Then 32-year-old captain and defender Romain Saiss, with a limping run and shouting about the persistence of the injury, ended up on a stretcher in the 57th minute. quarter final.
Regragui replaced Saiss in the 21st minute — “a player who was so important to us,” he said — but by then there had been some minor frenzy.
France, who have come through this World Cup with their own fair share of injuries, were without two regular starters for various reasons on Wednesday night, but in the fifth minute when they volleyed in from the left edge of the pitch When passing the ball down the right, France started to feel good again. Just around midfield, towards long-time defender Raphael Varane. Varane delivered a fine pass upfield to long-time artist Griezmann, who turned past a desperate Javad El Yamic in one move and went on to Push right.
That bodes ill for any defence, and it bodes ill for any defence, when Griezmann plays the ball to Mbappe. Various Moroccans surrounded Mbappe, causing a deflection, and he quickly left to chase another shot and another deflection.
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However, his presence was important as it worked all the time as it found defender Theo Hernandez when deflected to the left. Hernandez found himself almost alone with the 31-year-old Moroccan goalkeeper and the tournament’s star, Yassine Bounou or Yassine Bounou. Then Hernandez, a 25-year-old guard who probably didn’t coax many bets to score on the world gambling house, did something acrobatically good.
Seeing a ball that bounced once and high, he lifted his body and twisted himself so that his extended left boot, parallel to the ground, could push the ball past Bono. As the ball bounced down and in, and the Frenchman cheered in the corner, the two Moroccan players stood in front of the goal in panic, as if it looked strange to see the goal from the opposite side.
Morocco, for all the accolades it gets here, deserves more credit for coping with it by playing like someone who has found out that they belong here. They had a brilliant 25-yard strike from Azzedine Ounahi in the ninth minute, such a discovery at this World Cup that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to save to the left. They got a bicycle kick from El Yamiq in the 45th minute, which arced towards the left post and sent the stadium shaking, which could last until Sunday if a goal is scored. They spent some time in the first half and the second half of the second half, creating amazing and even obvious chances that could not be fully converted.
“Unfortunately we didn’t play well in the final third,” said Regragui, who found “little details in the game that help a real champion win.”
“Morocco impressed me tonight,” Griezmann said.
“It was not an easy victory,” said France coach Didier Deschamps, who won the World Cup as a player (1998) and as a manager (2018). Our experience and our team spirit.”
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They did all of the above and stuck with it, even when their defense had to fight fires big and small. They finally overcame the game’s constant back and forth in the 79th minute to find what their skill made them bound to find. Mbappe was also instrumental in this, bouncing his head between three defenders in the top left corner of the box before jumping over the heels of one for Randall Kolomouani. Chance, the latter had just come off the bench and barely had enough time to start sweating.
Kolo Muani, just 24 years old, has knocked on the door and France will field an opponent who has grown up and is hard to ignore. That opponent will walk away with a final ovation of gratitude and the World Cup will head towards a Sunday that any World Cup will be grateful for.
Qatar World Cup
Newest: France will face Argentina in the World Cup final after beating Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals in Qatar on Wednesday. Les Bleus will face Lionel Messi and Argentina on Sunday at 10AM ET for the World Championship. Morocco take on Croatia in Saturday’s third-place match.
World Cup favorites: Morocco have had a phenomenal run at the World Cup, beating several European powerhouses: Belgium, Spain and now Portugal. Its success has inspired pride and rare unity across the Arab world and, for some, an early era of pan-Arab nationalism.
Today’s world view: Off the field, the World Cup has been the scene of a bitter contest between the morally virtuous West and the increasingly resentful Qatari hosts and their Arab brethren.
Health + Presence: Their entire careers have been trained to perform at the World Cup – developing stamina, strength and agility, and developing the mental toughness to deal with the pressures of the game. Becoming a good football referee is not easy.