Les Bleus of France marched on to the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar as they tamed Toothless Atlas Lions on Wednesday night.
Theo Hernandez fired France into an early lead in the World Cup semifinal before substitute Randal Kolo Muani sealed a 2-0 victory against an excellent Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium.
France remained on course to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the world title and will now meet Lionel Messi and Argentina in Sunday’s final.
Morocco have been the surprise package of Qatar 2022 and Walid Regragui’s side responded superbly after Hernandez’s fifth-minute opener, pinning back the world champions for significant periods in a display of considerable courage and skill.
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Kolo Muani proved to be France’s unlikely hero, scoring with his first touch when Kylian Mbappe had a shot blocked 11 minutes from time.
FRA — Theo Hernandez — 5th min.
FRA — Randal Kolo Muani — 79th min.
France (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Lloris (GK) — 5. Kounde, 4. Varane, 24. Konate, 22. T. Hernandez — 8. Tchouameni, 13. Fofana — 11. Dembele, 7. Griezmann, 10. Mbappe — 9. Giroud.
Morocco (5-4-1, right to left): 1. Bono (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 18. El Yamiq, 20. Dari, 6. Saiss, 3. Mazraoui — 7. Ziyech, 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 17. Boufal —19. En-Nesyri.
By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH /Follow the writer @SkipperWrites on Twitter