France Beats Morocco 2-0, Advance To World Cup Final vs Argentina | Jobs Reply

France is one step closer to a repeat.

Les Bleus topped Morocco 2-0 in their FIFA World 2022 semi-final on Wednesday to advance to the final against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

France came out with their usual 4-2-3-1 starting formation but had to make two changes due to illness. Center back Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Adrien Rabiot missed out, so Ibrahima Konate and Youssouf Fofana came on as similar substitutes.

Morocco reverted to a 5-4-1 starting shape after running with four goals against Spain and Portugal in their previous two matches, mainly to provide cover on the right. Achraf Hakimi likes to push up to boost the attack, but a matchup with Kylian Mbappe required more defensive coverage if Mbappe was free on the counter.

The low block of five did not last long, however. Morocco, who had not conceded the entire contest first or against the opposition, made a crucial defensive error when a centre-back tried to stop Antoine Griezmann’s run but it slipped. Griezmann laid it out for Mbappe for a shot, which led to the opening goal.

Theo Hernandez quickly opened the scoring in the fifth minute for France when he got on the end of a broken Mbappe effort.

Morocco now had a situation and avoided all contests: they needed an equalizer after conceding a goal. The Atlas Lions relied on their strong defense to create transition opportunities, but the game plan to shut down France went out the window with the early goal, so they had to be more aggressive going forward.

That also played into France’s hands as Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele are the two fastest wings in the world, so if Morocco succeeded more often those two would have more cushions to run on on the counter.

Morocco controlled the ball effectively and kept the French backline under pressure to clear the ball, but Mbappe and Olivier Giroud had great opportunities to extend the lead, starting with Giroud’s shot that went off the post in the 17th minute.

Then in the 35th minute, both players should have made it 2-0, but they managed to make every effort and the score remained 1-0.

Atlas Lions’ best effort of the first half was Jawad El Yamiq’s bicycle kick just before the end of the first half, which broke the bar and stayed out.

Morocco maintained possession throughout the second half, and had some excellent spells when they created many chances by overloading the left side of the French defence. Mbappe was not keeping back in defense to keep the Moroccan defense on their heels, meaning the Atlas Lions had a numerical advantage against the French back line, but Konate, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane were superb to keep ball out.

On the other hand, France continued to play the game of transition in the second half, and an attacking substitute changed the game and the midfield struggles continued. Marcus Thuram and Randal Kolo Muani were to blame on the left and right flanks, respectively, with the latter tapping home another Mbappe shot that was deflected in the 79th minute.

Kolo Muani’s goal essentially sealed the game as Morocco never looked like they had at least two goals to go before the end of regulation. In the end, it was a valiant effort from a team that no one has seen do so before, and there should be plenty more to come in future championships for the Atlas Lions.

France will now try to become the first team from Brazil in 1958 and 1962 to repeat as World Cup champions, but they will have to stop Messi and Co. as they try to give La Pulga its first ever title in the quadrennial competition.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Final kicks off on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT).

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