France and Morocco will play in the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on December 15, 2022, at 12:30 a.m. IST at Al Bayt Stadium. Here are the key factors.
France advances to the semifinal round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 after clinching a 2-1 victory over England. Morocco advances to the next round after eliminating Portugal without scoring a single goal against them. It was a seamless transition for Deschamps and his team. Morocco’s team, on the other hand, will play in the semifinals for the first time ever.
Regragui’s men thanked their fans after securing the spot in the semifinals, while France knows that the job is only half done to retain the football championship title.
Morocco has conceded one goal thus far in the competition. It will be challenging to stop France because covering or marking Mabppe will not pay off. This is a result of Regragui’s growing fears, as his finest players are suffering from injury. A previous substitution was made for Romain Saiss due to a hamstring injury. Nayef Aquerd suffered a muscular injury and missed Morocco’s 1-0 victory over Portugal, despite the fact that Morocco won the match without him.
Not only does France have Mbappe, but it also has three additional shooters who are prepared to step up if needed. On the list of candidates for the Golden Boot is Giroud. Despite being behind Mbappe, the mere fact that his name is on the list is enough to spur him on. Against Bono, Dembele and Griezmann would strike without much hesitation.
The 4-3-3 formation will be tested when Deschamps lets his team lose to an aggressive attack. France looks to retain possession for two reasons: to score a goal and to defend the side.
Hakimi has a mammoth task ahead of him. He has made things work for Regragui throughout the tournament. Facing a deeper striking range is what will bring the real challenge. France won the previous FIFA World Cup and has the emotions to make it worthwhile again. For the best, make it to the last round of the tournament.
Morocco played Croatia, Canada, and Belgium in the group stage with two wins and one draw. France had two wins and one loss against Tunisia, Australia, and Denmark.
Despite the fact that this did not affect the event in the knockout rounds, it was unclear how well the competition would progress after facing the strongest teams from the other groups. Morocco defeated Spain for an upset in the Round of 16, then defeated Portugal 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.
With a 3-1 victory over Poland and a 2-1 loss to England, France had a fun ride.
The simplicity of Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal, and Youssef En-Nesyri has helped Morocco advance. The group will seek to spend considerable time with Jules Kounde and Theo Hernandez in their backyard. Possession will inevitably return to France so that Mbappe and Giroud can perform their magic.