DOHA – France will play Argentina in the World Cup final where Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi will square off following a 2-0 victory for Les Blues over underdog Morocco on Wednesday.
Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani’s goals at Al Bayt Stadium kept the current champions France on track to successfully defend the trophy for the first time in 60 years.
The crowd, which was primarily dressed in red and green, cheered for Morocco, the first Arab team to ever go to a World Cup semifinal, as they competed as they have throughout the competition.
But probably their greatest opportunity came when Jules Kounde blocked Azzedine Ounahi’s shot in the dying seconds.
Qualifying to the final for the fourth time in seven editions, France would be the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup trophy if they win against Argentina at Lusail Stadium on Sunday.
Messi and Mbappe, the star talents at Paris Saint-Germain, will unavoidably be the focus of the final World Cup match for both teams.
Mbappe contributed to both of France’s goals on Wednesday, despite not scoring himself. He set up the second goal with a dribble and shot that was deflected into the path of an unmarked Kolo Muani, who finished easily.