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Hernandez, Konate And Griezmann Get 8 | France Players Rated In Impressive Victory Vs Morocco

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Abhinab Ghosh
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France faced off against Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium earlier today as they hoped to secure a victory and book a place in the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The French players made a quick start to the game and scored the opening goal in the fifth minute courtesy of Theo Hernandez’s effort. Didier Deschamps’ men sat on their lead well and went into the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.

France defended their narrow lead well in the second half and managed to kill the game off in the 79th minute when Randal Kolo Muani scored from close range. The match ended with the European nation earning an impressive 2-0 win in Qatar.

Let’s take a look at how each France player performed during the match against Morocco.

GK: Hugo Lloris – 7.5/10

The French keeper made a few excellent saves at the back to keep his clean sheet intact.

RB: Jules Kounde – 7.5/10

He did his fair share of defending and was accurate when passing the ball from inside his half.

CB: Raphael Varane – 7/10

The Manchester United defender dealt with the danger when needed and was good on the ball.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 8/10

The Liverpool talent earned the ball back multiple times for his team and didn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball to keep the Morocco attackers at bay.

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LB: Theo Hernandez – 8/10

Hernandez scored the all-important opening goal in the fifth minute and did enough work defensively to keep Hakim Ziyech quiet.

CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – 7.5/10

He anchored the midfield with conviction and made a couple of decent chances in the final third.

CM: Youssouf Fofana – 7.5/10

Fofana offered enough protection for his teammates at the back and was a threat in the final third.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 7/10

He showed a few flashes of what he is capable of but there was no goal for him today.

CAM: Antoine Griezmann – 8/10

Griezmann worked hard defensively and won some free kicks for his team. He also engineered some good chances for his teammates up top.

LW: Kylian Mbappe – 7.5/10

Mbappe struggled to get into the flow of the game at times in the first half. However, he produced an influential display in the second and played a big role in the lead-up to Kolo Muani’s goal.

ST: Olivier Giroud – 7/10

He was a menace inside the Morocco penalty box and was unfortunate to hit the crossbar.

Substitutes:

LW: Marcus Thuram – 7/10

Thuram added more pace to Deschamps’ attack.

ST: Randal Kolo Muani – 7/10

He scored his team’s second goal with an easy finish from close range.

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