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France vs Morocco World Cup lineups, starting 11 for semifinal match at Qatar 2022

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History is there to be made in Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal at Al Bayt Stadium.

France are aiming to become the first country to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil accomplished the feat in 1958 and 1962.

Morocco downed Portugal 1-0, becoming the first African nation ever to reach the semifinals. Having also accounted for Spain and Belgium at this tournament, can they spring their biggest upset yet and claim the scalp of another heavyweight European side?

Here’s all the buildup and team news for France vs. Morocco.

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France vs Morocco lineups

France captain Hugo Lloris performed superbly during the 2-1 quarterfinal win over England.

The experienced goalkeeper is not banking on fatigue being an issue for Morocco, despite their exertions without the ball against Spain and Portugal.

“We’ll need all our strength, all our energy knowing that there’s something really special we can achieve,” he said.

“I think we’re all aware of this, but we’ll continue to be calm and collected. But it has to come from [within].”

Romain Saiss has led Morocco to heroic feats with some towering displays at centre-back, although he is one of a few key injury concerns for boss Walid Regragui.

“It just shows the character and the mentality of this team,” Saiss said. “Everyone is ready to play; it doesn’t matter if they play for a while, or if they come in every game.

“Everyone is focused and ready to play. That’s how you go really far in this tournament.”

Below are the projected starting lineups for both teams ahead of their match at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14.

France projected starting 11

(4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Lloris (GK) — 5. Kounde, 4. Varane, 18. Upamecano, 22. T. Hernandez — 8. Tchouameni, 14. Rabiot — 11. Dembele, 7. Griezmann, 10. Mbappe — 9. Giroud  

A succession of pre-tournament injuries compromised France’s much-discussed depth of quality but the absences of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Karim Benzema among others has arguably brought a clarity of thought to Deschamps’ selection Qatar.

Expect to see a familiar lineup once again against Morocco. Aurelien Tchouameni and Dayot Upamecano missed training on Monday due to a calf complaint and a sore throat respectively, as per L’Equipe, but they are expected to be fine for this match.

Morocco projected starting 11

(4-3-3): 1. Bono (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 18. Yamiq, 6. Saiss, 3. Mazraoui — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah — 7. Ziyech, 19. En-Nesyri, 17. Boufal

  • Injured: Saiss, Mazraoui, Aguerd
  • Suspended: Cheddira

Regragui will wait until the last minute to make a call on captain Saiss after the Besiktas star was forced off injured against Portugal, with Achraf Dari on standby to step in.

His absence would be a major blow for Morocco with fellow centre-back Nayef Aguerd also struggling to recover from injury. Striker Walid Cheddira is banned due to his red card against Portugal.

France vs Morocco World Cup squads

Here are the names on the Argentina and Croatia World Cup squads in Qatar. (Caps and stats correct as of start of the tournament).

France World Cup squad

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola West Ham (ENG) 29 5
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Tottenham (ENG) 35 139
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda Rennes (FRA) 37 34
Defender Axel Disasi Monaco (FRA) 24 0
Defender Lucas Hernandez* Bayern Munich (FRA) 26 32
Defender Theo Hernandez AC Milan (ITA) 25 7
Defender Ibrahima Konate Liverpool (ENG) 23 2
Defender Jules Kounde Barcelona (SPA) 23 12
Defender Benjamin Pavard Bayern Munich (GER) 26 46
Defender William Saliba Arsenal (ENG) 21 7
Defender Dayot Upamecano Bayern Munich (GER) 23 7
Defender Raphael Varane Manchester United (ENG) 29 87
Midfielder Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid (SPA) 19 4
Midfielder Youssouf Fofana AS Monaco (FRA) 23 2
Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi Marseille (FRA) 23 6
Midfielder Adrien Rabiot Juventus (ITA) 27 29
Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni Real Madrid (SPA) 22 14
Midfielder Jordan Veretout Marseille (FRA) 29 5
Forward Ousmane Dembele Barcelona (FRA) 25 28
Forward Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich (GER) 26 40
Forward Olivier Giroud AC Milan (ITA) 36 114
Forward Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid (SPA) 31 110
Forward Kylian Mbappe PSG (FRA) 23 59
Forward Marcus Thuram Bor. M’Gladbach (GER) 25 4
Forward Randal Kolo Muani Monaco (FRA) 23 2

*Will miss the rest of the tournament through injury

Morocco World Cup squad

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou Sevilla (SPA) 31 45
Goalkeeper Munir Al Wehda (KSA) 33 43
Goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti Wydad (MOR) 26 3
Defender Achraf Hakimi PSG (FRA) 24 53
Defender Noussair Mazraoui Bayern Munich (GER) 24 14
Defender Romain Saiss Besiktas (TUR) 32 65
Defender Nayef Aguerd West Ham (ENG) 26 21
Defender Achraf Dari Brest (FRA) 23 4
Defender Jawad El-Yamiq Valladolid (SPA) 30 11
Defender Yahi Attain-Allal Wydad (MOR) 27 1
Defender Badr Benoun Qatar SC (QAT) 29 3
Midfielder Sofyan Amrabat Fiorentina (ITA) 26 38
Midfielder Selim Ramallah Standard Liege (BEL) 25 23
Midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri Sampdoria (ITA) 25 2
Midfielder Azzedine Ounahi Angers (FRA) 22 9
Midfielder Bilel El Khanouss Genk (BEL) 18 0
Midfielder Yahya Jabrane Wydad (MOR) 31 4
Forward Hakim Ziyech Chelsea (ENG) 24 42
Forward Youssef En-Nesyri Sevilla (SPA) 25 49
Forward Sofiane Boufal Angers (FRA) 29 31
Forward Zaharia Aboukhlal Toulouse (FRA) 22 12
Forward EZ Abde Osasuna (SPA) 20 1
Forward Anass Zaroury Burnley (ENG) 22 0
Forward Ilias Chair QPR (ENG) 25 10
Forward Abderrazak Hamdallah Al Ittihad (KSA) 31 17
Forward Walid Cheddira Bari (ITA) 24 2


Credit: sportingnews.com

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