The France-Morocco semi-final had a little bit of everything, didn’t it? In the end, the favorites France went through, but not for a lack of effort by Morocco. Bayern Munich’s Noussair Mazraoui gave his all for one half before requiring substitution, while for Les Bleus, Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard, and Dayot Upamecano all remained on the bench.
Lucas Hernández on Instagram: Pride pic.twitter.com/dM3fgN3ymG— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 14, 2022
It’s heartbreak for Mazraoui and Morocco, who have given everything in effort this tournament and inspiring the world with their intrepid play. It took Tottenham Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris more than a few crucial interventions to keep them from landing on the scoresheet:
What a ! Hugo Lloris got a ✋ on Jawad El Yamiq's bicycle kick for the SAVE OF THE DAY. pic.twitter.com/F94GGR2V0P— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 15, 2022
Despite their loss, it’s a run that will be remembered for the ages. Mazraoui received some words of comfort from Mathys Tel, a France youth team player who might be eyeing a spot in the 2026 edition of the tournament:
Mathys Tel on Instagram pic.twitter.com/Q7Gn89QinR— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 14, 2022
On Sunday, France will get their chance to repeat, and maybe a Bayern player or two will get their chance to have something to say against PSG/FC Barcelona phenomenon Lionel Messi and the suddenly ascendant Julián Álvarez (Manchester City). Until then, it’s nothing but celebrations to savor. The French president Emmanuel Macron even got in on the fun: