France have overwhelmed England 2-1 in a fast-paced sport to arrange a semi-final World Cup conflict with Morocco, who sensationally beat Portugal within the different World Cup quarter-final of the day.
Aurelien Tchouameni put France forward with a blistering long-range shot within the 17th minute at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday. England followers had been left significantly aggrieved after calls for 2 suspected fouls towards Bukayo Saka had been dismissed within the seconds earlier than the defending world champions opened the scoring.
It was a largely equally matched first half, however England started the second with renewed vigour. Saka was once more introduced down shortly after kickoff, however this time it was contained in the French field, and the referee pointed to the spot.
Captain Harry Kane blasted the penalty kick into the web previous his Tottenham Hotspurs’s teammate Hugo Lloris to equalise within the 54th minute in entrance of a 68,895-strong crowd. It was a aim which left him equal with Wayne Rooney because the joint-highest scorer for the Three Lions.
There was an opportunity for Gareth Southgate’s males to go forward within the 70th minute, however Harry Maguire missed the goal, placing the ball into the facet of the web.
Within the 76th, Olivier Giroud discovered an enormous hole within the English defence and levelled a large left-foot volley. It was caught safely by Pickford, however England weren’t off the hook for lengthy.
One other minute, one other cross, one other probability for Giroud, and France’s main goalscorer headed dwelling to present France the lead, sending Les Bleus followers contained in the stadium into ecstasy.
England had a golden probability to equalise within the 84th minute after Theo Hernandez barged into Mason Mount contained in the field, however Kane this time skied his penalty try into orbit.
Ultimately, the French press was too robust for the Three Lions to abdomen, and France go on to play Morocco within the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Al Bayt Stadium.