France outclasses Morocco; Advances to World Cup final

HY News 15 December, 2022 09:34 am IST

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In the second semi-final match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup, defending champions France stormed into the final as Theo Hernandez and super sub-Randal Kolo Muani's goals helped them beat the Morocco 2-0 in the second semi-final at the Al Bayt Stadium on Thursday.

With this win, France will become the first defending champions to reach successive finals since Brazil in 2002 and can now look forward to Sunday's showdown when they will bid to follow Brazil in 1962 and Italy in 1938 as the third team to retain the title.

France will meet Lionel Messi's Argentina in final at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday. Argentina stormed into the final after beating Croatia 3-0 in the first semi-final Tuesday night. Now Croatia will face Morocco in the third-place match on Saturday at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Qatar at 8:30 pm Indian Time.

When Morocco put France under severe pressure in the second half, Griezmann responded with tackles, headers and blocks. All his boundless energy was needed before the win was sealed by substitute Randal Kolo Muani’s instant impact — and instant goal — in the 79th.

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