Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Defending champions France will face a tough challenge from surprise-package Morocco in their semi-final encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar on Thursday. 

Despite eliminating their neighbours Spain and Portugal, Morocco will head into a match that can only remind the fight between David and Goliath. The Atlas Lions are one more upset away from the summit clash of the competition. However, toppling in-form Les Bleus will be a tough task as the French aim to become the first nation since 1962 to defend their world title.

The French are flying high, but Morocco are a side that they will not underestimate. After dumping Portugal out in the quarter-final, Morocco became the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. In a fairytale run so far in this campaign, the prowling Atlas Lions have hunted down Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

France have a fully fit squad at their disposal. On the other hand, Morocco could be without his primary centre-back pairing of Romain Saiss and Naif Aguerd. Striker Walid Cheddira was sent-off in the quarterfinal against Portugal and will serve his suspension against France.


Games played: 11
France wins: 7
Morocco wins: 1
Draws: 3

Match timing

France vs Morocco (12:30 AM)