France qualifies for the final, and Morocco dreams of third place
France, the defending champion, will face Argentina in the World Cup final, after beating Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Hernandez became the first competitive player to score Morocco’s net in the tournament, as the only previous goal came backwards, after he took advantage of a confusion inside the Morocco defense area and followed a shot that changed its direction from Kylian Mbappe and scored against goalkeeper Yassin Bono from close range in the fifth minute.
Substitute Randall Kolo Mwani added the second goal immediately after his participation, after he also followed a shot that changed its direction from Mbappe, in a manner similar to the first goal, in the 79th minute.
The Moroccan national team suffered an early blow with the injury of two of its most prominent defenders, Nayef Akrad just before the start and Roman Sayes in the middle of the first half, and despite that, he had a chance to equalize with a wonderful back shot from Jawad El Yamiq, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris brilliantly saved it.
Despite Morocco’s possession of the ball more in the second half, the Atlas Lions failed to continue their surprises after they beat Belgium, Spain and Portugal in the current tournament to become the first Arab or African team to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
France will be happy after becoming the first team to reach the World Cup final twice in a row since Brazil did in 2002, and now it will think against Argentina on Sunday of becoming the third team to retain the title after Brazil in 1962 and Italy in 1938.
The dreams of Walid Regragui’s battalion will be in the direction of achieving third place when they meet Croatia on Saturday.