World Cup wildcards Morocco gave France a run for their money before the hosts secured a spot in Sunday's final match against Argentina.
The first African team to go to the World Cup semifinals did not falter in the face of early setbacks, including the injury to crucial defender Nayef Aguerd after he was selected for the starting lineup and trailing to Theo Hernandez's hurried fifth-minute goal. In the stifling atmosphere of Al Bayt Stadium, France maintained their calm while Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate stood out. Theo Hernandez's spectacular goal from close range gave France the early advantage.
It was clear that Didier Deschamps' team was always a threat to score on the break when Kolo Muani, who had been lurking, eventually pierced Morocco's defence late in the game with his first touch 44 seconds after entering the game to score his first goal for France. France will now face Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Sunday in the World Cup Final.