The second of two FIFA World Cup semi-finals took place last night as France went head to head with Morocco. The favourites were always going to be the reigning champions as they attempted to become the first nation since Brazil in 1998 to reach consecutive finals on the big stage.
In the end, Les Bleus were the ones who came away with the 2-0 victory as they booked their place in the biggest sporting event on the planet.
The killer instinct
France weren’t exactly at their best in this encounter which, in a lot of ways, was what people expected. Still, they have the kind of killer instinct which leaves them in a powerful position against just about any other nation in the game – and they showed that. Theo Hernandez’s early finish was critical and Randal Kolo Muani, who had only been on the pitch for 44 seconds, put the result to bed late in the night.
The Atlas Lions can leave Qatar knowing that they have built a legacy for themselves that will never, and we mean never, be forgotten. They tore through all expectations put in front of them in the name of making their people proud. The continent of Africa, as well as the Arab world, will be talking about their accomplishment of reaching the semi-finals for many years to come – and so they should.
The dream final
It was the final that many wanted to see and thanks to some dodging officiating against England, it’s the one we’re going to get. Lionel Messi of Argentina and Kylian Mbappe of France, two teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, will lead their respective sides into battle. If France win, they’ll become a dynasty. If Argentina win, we will finally have the definitive answer to who the greatest footballer of all time really is.
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