Last Updated on September 11, 2023 by SPN Editor
Argentina awaits the victor in the showpiece event of the second semi-final of FIFA matches at the Al Bayt Stadium. However, France is confident of meeting Argentina at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Tonight, France will play their sixth world cup semi-final while Morocco will play their first semi-final. Win or lose, both teams will create history. Morocco will become the first African nation to reach the FIFA World Cup if they defeat France.
Morocco has become the first African nation to reach the FIFA World Cup semi-finals after upsetting Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal 1-0. And France will become the only team to play the consecutive finals in FIFA Cup history.
With the exception of the Tunisia match, France has won all the matches in the tournament so far. While Morocco stunned Portugal and reached the final four of FIFA World Cup 2022.
France’s possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Kounde, Varane, T. Hernandez, Upamecano; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Griezmann, Dembele, Mbappe; Giroud
Morocco’s possible starting lineup:
Bono; Hakimi, El Yamiq, Mazraoui, Aguerd; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Key Players of France:
Key players to watch in the France side will be Kylian Mbappé, Griezmann, and Olivier Jonathan Giroud. Both of them will have a chance to secure their spot as the leading goal-scorer in the football match and take their team to the final again.
Key Players of Morocco:
For Morocco, Hakim Ziyech has already scored once in the tournament and will be a key player. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou must save some goals too.
Support for Morocco across Asian and African Nations
For the first time in the history of the World Cup, an African nation has made it to the semifinals. Morocco’s run to the final four has been nothing but remarkable. After winning Group F on the final day of the group stage, they stunned the football world by taking down Spain in penalties in the Round of 16. Then, on Saturday, Youssef En Nesyri’s goal in the 42nd minute helped send the country over the heavily-favored Portugal to advance beyond the quarterfinals.
France versus Morocco in the previous match
Though they have met in Four Nations action and the Hassan II Cup, this will be the first time they have ever met in the World Cup. France is 5-0-2 against Morocco across all competitions.
Morocco defense is no joke, although the injuries to their defense are somewhat concerning, Morocco will contain Kylian Mbappe enough to limit the French damage.
Our assumption from the earlier match is that France will dominate the ball while Morocco sits back and tries to beat France on the counter.
In the three matches where France had at least 50 percent possession — Australia, Tunisia, and Poland — they averaged almost eight corners per game and never saw fewer than seven.
On the flip-side, In four games against European opposition, Morocco allowed 7.75 corners per match and never allowed fewer than five.
Defense of France is not worth mentioning, but the attacking game plan of France will surely help them meet Argentina in the FIFA World Cup Final 2022.