France Set Up Morocco World Cup Semi-final Showdown as Harry Kane Misses Vital Penalty

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Les Blues are through to the semi-finals and the defending champions France are scheduled to face Morocco in the 2022 Qatar World Cup on Wednesday.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup semi-finalists are now aware of their opponents. This is after France edged out England 2-1 at the Al Bayt Stadium.

England captain Harry Kane had scored a penalty earlier in the game and was given the opportunity to level the scores for the Three Lions. However, the Tottenham Hotspur star blasted the chance over the bar.

17 minutes into the fixture and Real Madrid’s Aurélien Tchouaméni opens the scoring in sublime fashion.

Aurélien Tchouaméni scores for France in their World Cup quarter-final fixture against England (Photo: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera)
Aurélien Tchouaméni scores for France in their World Cup quarter-final fixture against England (Photo: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera)

Antoine Griezmann makes history through Tchouaméni’s goal- becoming the leading assist provider for France over the last 50 years (Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane have 26 each).

Despite going down, England manager Gareth Southgate must have been pleased by his side’s performance in the first half.

Eight minutes into the second half and the goal-scorer turns villain. Aurélien Tchouaméni brings down Saka inside the penalty area and Harry Kane converts with great aplomb. 1-1, Harry Kane equals Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals in an England jersey.

Harry Kane converts against France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the World Cup (Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera)
Harry Kane converts against France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the World Cup (Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera)

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Soon after kickoff France midfielder Adrien Rabiot almost scores but Jordan Pickford in England’s goal makes a stunning save. In the 71st minute, Harry Maguire’s header from a Henderson freekick shaves the outside of the post.

In the 78th minute, France’s all-time top scorer Olivier Giroud scores to make it 2-1. Griezmann finds Giroud after his initial attempt is blocked, and the striker does damage to England.

Drama in the 82nd minute as Hernandez brings down Mason Mount in the box, confirmed by a VAR check. Harry Kane blasts the penalty over the bar. England bring on Rashfiord and Sterling but the damage has already been done and time is running out.

In the last possible minute, England get a freekick on the edge of the box but Marcus Rahsford’s attempt slightly misses the goal much to the relief of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

France will face Morocco on Wednesday 14th December at the Al Bayt Stadium for a spot in the final of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

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