Will France be able to stop Messi and Argentina in the World Cup final? (1:11)

The World Cup final will feature France and Argentina. There is a time and a place for this.

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France are on their way to a second consecutive World Cup final after a 2-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday.

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Although they put up a spirited and defiant display, they were unable to find a way through and conceded a second time 11 minutes from the end. France will play Argentina in the final.

Player ratings, best and worst performers, highlights and notable moments, post match quotes, and key statistics are included in the jump.

Rapid reaction

1. France set up chance for back-to-back World Cups

Only Brazil in 1962 and Italy in 1938 have ever successfully defended the World Cup. Just as they did against England in the quarterfinals, the side rode their luck at times and were solid rather than stylish, but they relied on some tenacious and sometimes desperate defending.

When France won in Russia four years ago, the early goal allowed them to sit back and watch, although they did get a scare before the late goal. France have qualified for three finals in the past four major tournaments, which is hard to argue with. Brazil was the last team to win back-to-back titles.

2. Injuries weaken Morocco's stoic defence

Before Wednesday, no opposition player had scored against them at the World Cup, with the only goal they conceded coming through an own goal. The coach named all four of them in his starting lineup, even though Aguerd was one of four players who were questionable due to injury. Saiss lasted just 21 minutes before being forced off injured and Aguerd did not come through the warm up.

The opening goal may have been contributed to by the late reshuffle and the space created by the missed pick up. Amrabat won the ball back five times in the first 15 minutes of the game. They were more open at the back than at any other point in the tournament, even though France sat back and they were willing to do the running.

They were picked off by France. One of Mbappe's trademark runs ended in a shot that ended the contest for Muani.

3. Hernandez's roller coaster tournament continues

The tournament began on the bench. His older brother, Lucas, was injured. He almost cost France their win over England when he gave a late penalty that Harry Kane missed. He put France into the final.

When Theo is concerned, it's always loud. The fastest goal in a World Cup semifinal was scored by Vava in the second minute of Brazil's 5-2 win against France. It was his third goal contribution at this tournament, tied for most by a defender with Raphael Guerreiro.

He was fortunate that he didn't concede another penalty when he challenged the player. The VAR of Canada chose not to intervene after the replays showed that Boufal got something on the ball. The man was booked. The 25-year-old has a chance to follow in the footsteps of his brother, the starting left-back in France's triumphant team from four years ago.

Player ratings (1 = worst, 10 = best)

France has Hugo Lloris, Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Youssouf Fofana.

Marcus Thuram is on the subs.

After beating Morocco, France now advance to the final for a chance to win their second straight World Cup. Lars Baron/Getty Images

There are seven people in this picture: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Achraf Dari, Romain Saiss, and Noussair Mazraoui.

The subs are Selim Amallah, Yahya Attiyat-Allah, and Abderrazak Hamdallah.

Best and worst performers

France'sAntoine Griezmann won the best player award. Created more chances than any player on either team, and helped give France's early breakthrough with clever movement in the lead up to the opener.

It was the worst performance by a French player. He missed a chance to put France 2-0 up in the first half when he was replaced by Thuram.

Highlights and notable moments

There was a touching moment between the Paris Saint-Germain teammates in the tunnel before the game.

Nothing but love between Hakimi and Mbappe in the tunnel before the match ❤️

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 14, 2022

The decisive goal was scored by the man who got his boot way.


Theo Hernández puts France out in front 🇫🇷