The much-anticipated duel between Messi and Mbappe, the old and new Ballon d'Or, has finally become a reality. Following Argentina's 3-0 win over Croatia yesterday, France also beat Morocco 2-0 in the other semi-final early this morning to meet the former in the final.
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France 2-0 Morocco
Unfortunately, the miracle of the Atlas Eagles did not continue, because France was too strong, far from their previous opponents. Even without the goals of Mbappe and Giroud and the assists of Griezmann, there are many more people in the team who can score goals and make them defensive.
France was not only strong but also really lucky. In the opening 5 minutes, left-back Teor Hernandez scored a wonderful overhead shot in the melee, which reminded people of the miraculous goal scored by another wingback Pawar in the last World Cup against Argentina. In the 79th minute of the second half, Mouani, who had just come on for one minute, scored an open goal in the melee to make it 2-0 and seal France's victory.
France will compete against Argentina for the Copa Libertadores in the final on December 18. They become the second defending champions to reach the final since Brazil in 1998, and one step closer to their goal of defending the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.
Benzema's Return is Expected
Before the World Cup, Benzema's withdrawal due to injury had made French fans very sad, and so did Benzema himself. However, the French team without Benzema went all the way to the final, and French fans gradually forgot about Benzema, but Benzema still did not forget about the French team. France's roster has only 25 players so far, which means that Benzema still belongs to the team. If he wants, he can come back to the World Cup anytime. And according to media reports, Real Madrid club has given him the green light. France has already reached the final and Benzema will decide by himself whether to return to the team for the final.
A Trip to the Semifinals Without a Shutout
History of the French team that has won the World Cup has also won the European Cup, and more times to reach the semi-finals and finals of the competition. This year, they reached the final again, but set an embarrassing record - not a single game before reaching the semi-finals was a shutout, which is the first time in France's history. They were scored by Australia, and Denmark and even lost 0-1 to Tunisia in the group stage, and were scored by Poland in the 1/8 final and England in the 1/4 final. The French team is very strong, but the holes in the back line are "repeatedly prohibited", which is somewhat disappointing.
Reasons for Morocco's good defense
In all five games before the semifinals, the total number of touches by Moroccan players in the opponent's penalty area combined was 53. But keep in mind that Mbappe alone had this figure 49 times in 5 games. The entire Moroccan team had 4 more touches than Mbappe alone, an amazing contrast that proves why Morocco did not concede a single goal (except for the oops).