France vs. Morocco highlights: France earns 2nd straight World Cup final berth

The Cinderella story at the 2022 FIFA World Cup came to an end Wednesday, as France defeated Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium to close out the semifinal round and send France to its second consecutive World Cup final. The French are now the 5th defending champions to reach the World Cup final joining 1938 Italy, 1962 Brazil, 1990 Argentina, 1998 Brazil.

France is now set to face Argentina in Sunday’s championship match (10 am ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app), while the Morocco will take on Croatia on Saturday in the third-place game (10 am ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).

France vs. Moroccan Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup

Congratulations to two all-time greats!

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France vs. Morocco

5′: Goal! Hernandez score puts France up 1-0

Theo Hernández on a strike from inside the box connected that gave France the early 1-0 lead. It was only the second goal Morocco has allowed in this World Cup, and the first was an own goal.

France’s Theo Hernandez scores goal vs. Morocco in 5′

France's Theo Hernandez scores goal vs.  Morocco in 5'

France’s Theo Hernandez scores the opening goal against Morocco in the 5′ in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

10′: Morocco nearly equalizes

France keeper Hugo Lloris saved a shot just outside the box by Azzedine Ounahi that kept France ahead 1-0.

17′: Off the post!

Olivier Giroud hits the left post with a left-footed shot from just outside the box.

24′: Morocco fans still energized!

36′: Giroud just wide!

France had two chances, with Youssouf Fofana missing a chance, and then Giroud shooting just wide inside the box.

39′: A great tackle prevents a chance for France

Jawad El Yamiq made a tremendous tackle that prevented a golden opportunity for France inside the box.

44′: So close! Nearly the goal of the tournament!

Jawad El Yamiq delivered a beautiful strike on a bicycle kick off a bouncing ball, but is denied by the post!

52′: Mbappé goes down

Kylian Mbappé gets taken out on a tackle and receives medical attention on the field.

53′: Morocco fans feel the momentum changing

65′: Sportsmanship still going strong

79′: Goal! France goes up 2-0 late

Randal Kolo Muani on a pass from inside the connected box, despite just entering the game just one minute earlier!

France’s Randal Kolo Muani scores goal vs. Morocco in 79′

France's Randal Kolo Muani scores goal vs.  Morocco in 79'

France’s Randal Kolo Muani connects on first touch in game to knock home a goal against Morocco in the 79′ in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

92′: Mbappé doing Mbappé things

94′: Morocco nearly got its first!

Abderrazak Hamdallah’s left-footed shot was blocked in front of the net and driven out by France to keep the score at 2-0 in the waning minutes. That score would be the final result of the match.

France can celebrate now!

Game respect game

The look ahead

Pregame:

Setting the Stage

Wednesday’s match is the sixth overall meeting between France and Morocco, the first to occur at the World Cup. Morocco is hoping this match is different from the past, however, as France is unbeaten in their five previous matchups (3-2-0).

France is the first defending World Cup champion to make the semifinals since Brazil in 1998. With a win, France would be just the fifth defending champ to reach the World Cup final, joining 1938 Italy, 1962 Brazil, 1990 Argentina and 1998 Brazil.

On the other side, Morocco is the first African nation to reach the semifinals at the World Cup, and with a win, it would be the first team outside CONMEBOL and UEFA to reach the World Cup final.

Trip to the final on the line

Friendship can wait

Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi may be teammates at PSG and friends off the field, but today it will come down to them as two of the world’s best for their respective countries.

Morocco’s wild journey here

Hakimi has arrived

France takes the field

A huge ovation for Morocco as they take the field

Morocco fans are bringing the energy pregame!

The true meaning of jersey colors worldwide

Friend vs. friend for a finals berth

Mbappé checks on fan during warmups

Morocco fans are ready!

almost time

France and Morocco’s walk-outs and National Anthems ahead of semifinals matchup at 2022 FIFA World Cup

France and Morocco's walk-outs and National Anthems ahead of semifinals matchup at 2022 FIFA World Cup

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