As the rollercoaster ride that has been Morocco’s campaign in Qatar came to a bitter end at Al Bayt Stadium, France shattered one World Cup dream while moving a step closer to achieving their own.
Holders France shattered the romantic thoughts of this tournament’s spectacular surprise package Morocco going any further than they already had by becoming the first African country to reach the semi-finals on a night of raw emotion and cacophony of noise in Al Khor.
Morocco’s adoring fans, who flocked to Doha in their millions to paint the stadium red, were left weeping but proud as France eventually made class and efficiency count, scoring at each end of a tense match to win 2-0.
‘No tears, only pride,’ as Moroccan hopes are dashed
As Morocco’s players, staff, and inspiring coach Walid Regragui received a long and well-deserved standing ovation in front of those loving supporters, another one loomed in the distance for Sunday’s final at Lusail Stadium.
Specifically, France against. Argentina, and Kylian Mbappe vs. Lionel Messi. The teammates from Paris St. Germain will face international opponents on the largest platform in sports.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is aiming for his second World Cup medal, while the Argentine genius 12 years his older has one more chance to win the title, which would strengthen his claims to be the greatest player ever.