Morocco's campaign in Qatar
Moroccan fans weeping

France dismantled their World Cup dream as they moved one step closer to realizing their dream as the thrilling ride that had been Morocco’s campaign in Qatar came to a heartbreaking end at the Al Bayt Stadium.
In a night of pure emotion and a cacophony of noise in Al Khor, holders France put an end to romantic notions of Morocco, this tournament’s glorious surprise package, and went even further, becoming the first African country to reach the semifinals.
Morocco’s magnificent fans, who flocked to Doha in their thousands to paint the stadium red, were left in tears but pride as France finally showed class and efficiency, striking both sides of an enthralling encounter in a 2-0 win.
While Morocco’s players, staff, and their inspiring coach Walid Regragui received a long and well-deserved ovation for those adoring fans with broken dreams, others looked alluring ahead of Sunday’s final at Lusail Stadium.

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Namely, France against Argentina and Kylian Mbappé against Lionel Messi. The Paris St Germain teammates will be international opponents on the biggest stage in sport.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is aiming for his second World Cup medal as the Argentine genius – 12 years his senior – takes one final leap towards the crown that would cement his claim to be the greatest player of all time. Mbappe’s status would be further boosted by back-to-back triumphs as France aim to become the third consecutive country to become world champions, their first in 60 years after Brazil followed suit in Sweden in 1958 and Chile and Italy four years later in 1934. and 1938.
He was a goalscorer as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow in 2018 and has the power to add to his tally now and in the future. Brazilian legend Pelé is the only man to win three medals. Only 21 men, including Pele, have won more than one. He opens up considerable possibilities for the France striker. For Messi the context is different.
He’s coming to the end of a career in which he’s won everything the game has to offer, except for that big gap in his hit list: the biggest of all, the World Cup. This is now or never after losing the final to Germany in 2014. It’s Messi’s last World Cup match and Sunday is the day that could cap it all, marking the perfect end to his Argentina story. Anything else would seem hopeless and empty for the country’s great sporting icon of him.
The World Cup final could be one for the ages, and based on what we saw in Qatar, it’s too close to talk about. It could even amount to a moment of genius from the two players who are likely to deliver it.

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France got the job done in two tough knockout matches against England in the quarter-finals and here against Morocco. They were both tested in their own way – England with their attacking threat and Morocco with their sheer refusal to back down in the face of adversity screwed on plenty of talent but they managed to overcome the other side.
The French had a lot of composure here, even if there was sometimes pressure from Morocco. Their goals came after five minutes through Theo Hernandez, then at eleven minutes when Randal netted Kolo Muani just 44 seconds after coming on – the third-fastest goal by a substitute in FIFA Cup history. world and his first for France.

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And for coach Didier Deschamps, Sunday’s final offer a place in history and a chance to add more honors to his impressive career. The 54-year-old, nicknamed ‘the water carrier’ by his French team-mate Eric Cantona for his tireless style and ability to win possession for other supposedly more glamorous team-mates, led his country as a captain at the 1998 World Cup ground. Deschamps is only the fourth coach, after Vittorio Pozzo with Italy in 1934 and 1938, Carlos Bilardo with Argentina in 1986 and 1990, and Franz Beckenbauer with Germany in 1986 and 1990, to have led a nation to a World Cup final in a row – only the second after Pozzo to do so won twice.
He did his business modestly, despite losing Ballon d’Or-winning striker Karim Benzema almost as France landed in Qatar, and 36-year-old Olivier Giroud jumped into the breach.
Even here at this World Cup pressure point, he lost Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano to illness, the latter brilliantly replaced by Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate to give Deschamps a tasty selection problem on Sunday.
And so the World Cup comes down to that. Argentina against France. In the eyes of many Messi against Mbappé.
It’s the World Cup final predicted by many and the personal duel between two greats long awaited by many


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