an early goal from theo hernandez and substitute late tap Randall Colo Muni Defending champions France pulled off a hard-fought victory over a formidable Moroccan side, who created African World Cup history in the 2022 tournament.
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France dashed hopes of another Moroccan miracle inside five minutes when a scramble in the penalty area saw the ball fall to Hernandez, who found it at the back post and fired a volley past yassin bounou,
But Morocco was never intimidated and had the opportunity azzdeen aunahi The French captain was forced to make two good saves hugo loris With speculative efforts, and curling set-pieces the French defense was put under pressure.
With the naming juggernaut the North Africans were hit by their dominant center back Naif Aguird Injured his hamstring in the warm-up and captain after failing to make it to the starting line-up Romain Sais Departure after 20 minutes.
jawad al yamikAn audacious overhead kick almost drew Morocco level at the end of the first half, but Lloris kept the ball clear of danger and France took a 1–0 lead.
Morocco were on the front foot after the break and Yahya Atiet-Allah had a golden chance to equalize as he spent most of the first 10 minutes of the second half on the French defensive edge.
kilian mbappeFrance went into the second half after the PSG star headed a half-shot on goal after running a maze through the tight space in the Moroccan penalty area and Kolo Muani took the lead with the third-fastest goal by a substitute in World Cup history. doubled. les blues Booked a comeback in the final.
Moroccan coach Walid Regragui led the Atlas Lions on an improbable run in Qatar, overseeing a group-winning campaign, a round-of-16 victory spain and win against portugal This made them the first African side to reach the semi-finals before eventually losing to France.
France beat Argentina 4-3 in World Cup Russia Although in 2018 la albiceleste Historically owns the head-to-head record with six wins, three draws and three losses in 12 meetings.
Since then, France has become the first defending champion to reach consecutive finals. Brazil in 2002 and expected to become the first team in 60 years and the third team to retain their World Cup crown in back-to-back tournaments.
This report used information from Reuters.