France puts a stop to Morocco’s desire to enter its ports
France easily defeated Morocco to go to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, ending the African team’s incredible run. Eugenie Le Sommer scored twice in the victory.
At halftime in Adelaide, France led 3-0 thanks to goals from Kadidiatou Diani, Kenza Dali, and Le Sommer. Le Sommer added a second goal after 70 minutes.
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France, which is ranked 67 places higher than Morocco in Fifa’s world rankings, made their superiority clear early on when Dianni headed them in ahead following a nice cross from Sakina Karchaoui, who also scored her fourth goal of the season.
Dianni switched roles in the 20th minute, cutting the ball back to Dali of Aston Villa, who sent a low effort into the corner.
Nesryne El Chad of Morocco blasted a clearing against Dianni with less than a quarter of the game remaining, and the ball went perfectly to Le Sommer, who added a third.
France’s first goal is celebrated by the team.
France has advanced to its fourth straight World Cup quarterfinal.
Le Sommer added a fourth goal in the closing minutes as Morocco’s defense wore down by headed Vicki Becho’s deep cross.
The best finish for France in a World Cup finals was fourth in 2011, and they have now advanced to the round of 16 in each of the previous four tournaments.
The United States, Germany, Brazil, and Canada, four top-10 ranked teams, have all been eliminated from the tournament, thus the French will now fancy their chances of winning it all.
The dream run for Morocco comes to an end.
The first Arab country to compete at the finals, Morocco, surprised everyone by finishing second in Group H behind two-time champion Germany, who had crushed them 6-0 in their opening match.
But another upset against unbeaten France would have been too much.
As the more seasoned team scored its first three goals during the course of eight minutes in the first half, the team’s defense disintegrated.
Ibtissam Jraidi had the finest opportunity for Morocco just after the break, but France goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin stopped her attempt.