France Tops England 2-1 in Thriller, Advances to World Cup Semifinal – NBC 6 South Florida

The final remaining semifinal ticket has been booked.
France’s quest to repeat as World Cup champions continued after topping England 2-1 in a quarterfinal thriller.
Each Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps got here out with unchanged beginning XIs from their spherical of 16 wins. 
England stored its 4-3-3 form with Phil Foden at left wing and Jordan Henderson within the right-hand box-to-box midfield function. France maintained its hybrid 4-2-3-1 lineup with Antoine Griezmann free roaming. 
As anticipated, England managed the possession within the early levels with a 3-2-5 form going in opposition to France’s 4-4-2 midblock with a passive press. Within the fifteenth minute, proper again Kyle Walker, who had the Kylian Mbappé matchup, exploited the best half area between Mbappé and left again Theo Hernández. However he didn’t cross the ball into the penalty field and Mbappé broke free on the counter.
The French celebrity drew in three English defenders on the left flank earlier than getting the ball out to the best, the place Griezmann casually laid it off to Aurélien Tchouaméni for a stunning long-distance strike from exterior the field within the seventeenth minute.
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England ramped up the depth from that time ahead, with Harry Kane getting two good possibilities at French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the 2 additionally being teammates at Tottenham within the English Premier League. Lloris managed to get two essential saves to maintain the rating 1-0 on the interval.
The Three Lions stored the stress on early within the second half when Jude Bellingham noticed his right-footed half volley from simply exterior the field get tipped over by Lloris. 
Finally it was the magic of Bukayo Saka and Bellingham on the right-hand facet that created England’s opening objective. A slick one-two passing transfer between the 2 pressured Tchouaméni right into a harmful deal with on Saka contained in the field, and Harry Kane stepped as much as the spot with a convincing penalty conversion previous Lloris. 
France struggled to maintain the ball with England’s press making Les Bleus uncomfortable. Mbappé couldn’t do a lot in opposition to the double groups the Three Lions would placed on him, and England almost took the lead the opposite manner when Harry Maguire’s header off a Jordan Henderson free kick simply curled away from the left close to put up. 
That bit Maguire simply eight minutes later when Olivier Giroud beat him to a Griezmann cross for a headed goal in the 78th minute, giving France a 2-1 benefit. 
The stress turned again to England to equalize once more regardless of being the higher facet all through, however Southgate subbing off Saka within the 79th minute for Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson for Mason Mount took away its finest threats on the right-hand facet.
However Mount gained a pivotal penalty after Hernández threw a reckless elbow into his again contained in the field, and Kane had an opportunity to make it two penalty targets in a single sport. Nonetheless, he sailed this one over the crossbar, and the Three Lions didn’t have some other key possibilities to tie after Marcus Rashford’s late free kick simply sailed over the best far put up.
A lot of the statistics – photographs, photographs heading in the right direction, possession, passes, go accuracy, anticipated targets – went England’s manner, however not optimizing the momentum to seek out the second objective after Kane’s objective earlier than Giroud did price the facet. 
France is now advancing to its seventh World Cup semifinal of all time, and the second time it has accomplished so in consecutive tournaments (1982/1986).
For Les Bleus to succeed in the ultimate, they’ll must beat Morocco, the workforce of future, within the semifinal on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT.



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