France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 Live Predictions, streaming, line-ups and analysis France play Morocco in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals today, with both sides hoping to meet Argentina in Sunday’s showpiece final at the Lusail Stadium. France are the reigning champions and the bookmakers’ favourites to win the tournament in Qatar.
Morocco are the first African team to ever reach this stage of a World Cup and have already topped a group that included Croatia and Belgium, as well as stunning Spain. The match kicks off at 10pm local time, which means it will start at 7pm in the UK, which is 2pm EST and 11am PT. Follow live coverage below.
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Morocco coach Walid Regragui called his side the “Rocky” of the World Cup after they landed a knockout blow against Portugal to reach the semi-finals. Youssef En-Nesyri’s header saw off Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates as Morocco claimed another scalp, France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 becoming the first African side to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, and Regragui is relishing his side’s underdog status.
We are becoming the team that everybody loves at this World Cup, he said. If you show that passion, desire, belief, you can succeed. We’ve beaten Spain, Portugal, Belgium without conceding; that’s not a miracle, that’s working hard. When you watch Rocky, you want to support Rocky because of his heart and commitment, and I think we’re the Rocky of this World Cup. France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022
When you are a small team you need to dream, to believe. I think it is a big, big message for the world. I think now the world is with Morocco. Asked about providing inspiration far beyond Morocco, Regragui added: France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 What’s important for future generations, is we’ve shown it’s possible for an African team to get the semi-final of the World Cup. Why shouldn’t we dream of winning it? If you don’t dream, you don’t get anywhere. We haven’t achieved anything yet (but) we’re in the semi-finals. Everyone will be afraid to play us. That’s the message I’m trying to send.”
Major international tournaments have long been fantastic opportunities for players to impress potential suitors, especially those from less-heralded nations. France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 The example that always sticks out in my mind is the incredible performance by James Rodriguez for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, which earned him a record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid in the immediate aftermath of the tournament.
David Ornstein has taken a look at the standout players from this France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 who could be in line for similar transfers in January or this summer, including two of the men instrumental in Morocco’s run to the semi-finals, Ounahi and Sofyan Amrabat
Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi came into the tournament as a relative unknown, except perhaps to those with a strong interest in north African or French football. France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 The 22-year-old midfielder, has, however, delighted crowds with his impressive displays at the World Cup and marked himself out as a serious talent. Most of the plaudits for this Moroccan side have rightly gone to Sofyan Amrabt, Sofiane Boufal and Jawad El Yamiq but Ounahi is certainly one to keep an eye on against France.
It may be that the French team have a better handle on Ounahi’s talents than Spain or Portugal, given that he has spent the past four years of his career playing in Ligue 1 and the country’s lower divisions. But nevertheless, Morocco will need all of Ounahi’s offensive talents if they are to have any chance of breaking France down today — France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 the Angers man excels in terms of progressive passes and dribbling, pairing well with Amrabat’s defensive attributes.
Morocco are 90 minutes away from becoming the first African team ever to contest a World Cup final but will have to beat the reigning champions in Wednesday’s semi-final to keep those dreams alive. The Atlas Lions followed up their upset against Spain in the Round of 16 with a stunning performance on Saturday as they beat Portugal 1-0 –France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 stopping.
A side that had put six past Switzerland four days before from scoring and bagging a brilliantly taken goal of their own. France v Morocco World Cup Semi Final 2022 Try as they might, Bruno Fernandes and co were unable to find a way through Morocco’s determined defence to respond to Youssef En-Nesyri’s 42nd-minute header.