Road to Semi-Finals: France and Morocco will compete for a spot in the FIFA World Cup final in 2022.
The winner of France vs. Morocco will play in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.
Les Bleus are aiming for back-to-back titles after winning in Russia four years ago, and they have overcome numerous injuries to shine in Qatar.
Morocco, meanwhile, has emerged as the tournament’s fairytale story, becoming the first African team to reach the final four after defeating Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
On paper, this semifinal matchup looks interesting, with a lot of history between these two countries.
France vs Morocco: History
Off the field, these two countries have a long history, with a formal alliance dating back to the 17th century.
In the early twentieth century, France seized some colonial control of Morocco, but this was officially ended in 1955.
Despite this, the two countries remain close, with France serving as Morocco’s primary trading partner and a popular destination for Moroccan immigrants. Morocco’s current World Cup team includes two French-born players (Romain Saiss and Sofiane Boufal).
On the field, France has always had the upper hand, with the Atlas Lions never claiming a recognized victory over Les Blues.
France vs Morocco: Head to Head
These two countries have a long history, but they haven’t met since a 2-2 friendly draw in 2007.
France has generally dominated this match, but Morocco has rarely been blown out of the park, and another close match is expected at the 2022 World Cup.
The two teams have never met before in the tournament.
|FRIENDLY MATCH||FRANCE 2- 2 MOROCCO||NOVEMBER 16, 2007|
|FRIENDLY MATCH||MOROCCO 1-5 FRANCE||JUNE 06, 2000|
|FRIENDLY MATCH||FRANCE 1-0 MOROCCO||JUNE 20, 1999|
|KING HASSAN II TOURNAMENT||MOROCCO 2-2 FRANCE|
|MAY 29, 1998|
|FRIENDLY MATCH||FRANCE 2-1 MOROCCO||FEBRUARY 05, 1998|
Road to the Semi-Finals:
This match hasn’t been played in over 15 years, but their 2007 friendly was memorable.
Over 70,000 fans packed the Stade de France to witness an enthralling match.
Tarik Sektioui scored for Morocco after only eight minutes, before Sidney Govou equalized for France.
Samir Nasri, a former Premier League player, then put Les Blues ahead in the 75th minute with a strike from outside the box.
Morocco, however, did not give up and equalized with six minutes remaining through Youssef Mokhtari.
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