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France Defeats Morocco to Set up A World Cup Final Matchup with Argentina.

On Wednesday night, at the Al Bayt Stadium, France defeated Morocco 2-0 to advance to the World Cup final and end the African team’s fairytale journey in Qatar.

France, the defending champions, defeated Morocco, the first African team to ever advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, 2-1, with to an early goal from Theo Hernandez and a late tap-in from substitute Randal Kolo Muani.

Argentina, who beat Croatia 3-0 on Tuesday, will face Didier Deschamps’ squad in the World Cup final for the first time.

There is emotion, there is pride, there is a final step, we’ve been together with the players for a month, it’s never easy, there’s happiness so far,” Deschamps remarked after the game.

A tussle in the penalty area led to the ball falling to Hernandez, who met it at the back post and hammered a volley past Yassine Bounou to dash any dreams of another Moroccan miracle.

“The experience of competing in back-to-back World Cup finals is unforgettable. It was tough, but we made it, and now we’re in the final. We’re going to put up maximum effort to win the championship, “Hector remarked.

After a superb move down the middle by Aurelien Tchouameni, Olivier Giroud crashed into the post and missed a penalty kick in the first half.

The Moroccans never capitulated to fear, and they created chances for themselves thanks to Azzedine Ounahi’s two fine stops from French captain Hugo Lloris’s speculative efforts and the curling set pieces that put the French defense under pressure.

The North Africans were severely hampered by the loss of both of their starting central defenders to injury: Nayef Aguero, who had been named to the starting lineup as a risk, suffered a hamstring injury in warmups, and Romain Saiss, who served as captain, was substituted after 20 minutes.

France Defeats Morocco to Set up A World Cup Final Matchup with Argentina.

With time running out in the first half, Morocco almost tied the score on an incredible overhead kick by Jawad El Yamiq, but France kept their 1-0 lead thanks to Lloris’s quick reflexes.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were dominated by Morocco’s attack, and they had a great chance to tie the game when Yahya Attiat-Allah missed a penalty.

France’s second goal came after PSG star Kylian Mbappe made a mazy run through crowded areas of the Morocco penalty area; his half-shot dribbled toward the goal, and substitute Kolo Muani pounced to score the third-fastest goal by a substitute in World Cup history, sending Les Bleus back to the championship match.

Morocco’s coach Walid Regragui guided the Atlas Lions to a historic run in Qatar, where they won their group, stunned Spain in the round of 16, and stunned Portugal to become the first African team to reach the semifinals, where they ultimately lost to eventual champions France.

The most essential thing is that we gave our all,” Regragui emphasized. “Aguero went down in the warm-ups, while Saiss went down at halftime due to injuries. The smallest misstep cost us dearly.

We struggled to get into the game early on and committed too many technical fouls in the opening period, which led to an early deficit and ultimately a losing goal. However, that doesn’t undo what we’ve accomplished thus far.”

Although La Albiceleste owns the head-to-head record with six victories, three ties, and three losses in 12 matches, France won the 2018 World Cup with a 4-3 victory over Argentina.

France is aiming to become only the third team in World Cup history and the first defending champion to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 2002.

After traveling to Qatar to witness the game with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “immensely proud” of his country.

“I take great pride in being an American. What a relief, “Macron said to the press after the game. To paraphrase: “I wish this simple delight upon the French.”

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