France completed the golden square of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with an exciting victory over England, with two goals to one, on Saturday, at Al-Bayt Stadium in the quarter-finals.
The two sides shared control of the course of the first half, as the French team started attacking and threatened the English goal, with a header from Olivier Giroud, which passed safely to Jordan Pickford.
The French advantage resulted in a first goal in the match, which came at the 17th minute, after a ball was passed by Antoine Griezmann to the midfield, Aurelien Tchoameni, who prepared it for himself and hit the net to the right of Pickford.
After that, the England national team rose up, trying to adjust, and created several opportunities, the most prominent of which was Harry Kane’s ball, who dribbled and shot from inside the French penalty, but his colleague at Tottenham Hotspur, Hugo Lloris, brilliantly saved and prevented the opponent’s goal.
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And the English continued their search for an amendment in the second half, until Kane Al-Murad scored in the 54th minute from a penalty kick awarded by the referee, following a block committed by Tshwamini on Bukayo Saka inside the restricted area.
After the goal, the advantage clearly devolved to the “Three Lions” team, and defender Harry Maguire was close to doubling the score, had it not been for his header being hit by the right post, before Saka attempted a Jawart ball with a little post.
In the midst of everyone’s inattention, Olivier Giroud snatched the goal of advancing again for the French with a header in the 78th minute, taking advantage of a perfect cross sent by Griezmann.
The opportunity to adjust came to the England team after only 4 minutes, but Kane refused to make the English happy and missed a second penalty kick, which was announced by the referee with the help of the “mouse” technique, due to a violation on Mason Mount.
The remaining minutes passed quickly without any change in the result, so that France crossed into the semi-finals for the second time in a row, after it was crowned the title in the 2018 World Cup in Russia by defeating Croatia by four goals to two.
France will face Morocco in the Golden Square, next Wednesday, who continued its brilliance in the Qatari World Cup and reached the same role by defeating Portugal with the goal of Youssef Al-Nusairi.