Qatar 2022: What happens if France lose to Morocco in the semifinals?

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© Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesKylian Mbappe of France

On Wednesday, the Al Bayt Stadium will host the second match of the World Cup 2022 Semi-Finals, featuring France and Morocco. Here, check out what would happen if Les Bleus lose this matchup.

Reigning World Cup winners France and Morocco face off in the Qatar 2022 semi-finals at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on Wednesday. Les Bleus have dominated the tournament so far, with Tunisia’s lone loss.

France lost 1-0 in their only group stage match, despite Didier Deschamps using a reserve team as they had already qualified. They played well against Poland (3:1 in the round of 16) and England (2:1 in the quarterfinals).

Conversely, Morocco dominated Group F despite a 0-0 draw with Croatia and a 2-1 loss to Belgium. After progressing past Spain in the round of 16, the Atlas Lions crushed Portugal 1-0 to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. Despite the fact that Kylian Mbappe’s side are the clear favorites for this match, Morocco will be looking to make even more history by knocking out another top team.

What would happen if France lose to Morocco in the Qatar 2022 Semi-Finals?

Quite simply, if the French national soccer team suffer a defeat, they would set up a meeting with Croatia in the thirdplace game, while Morocco would move on to the 2022 World Cup Final. If Les Blues don’t win here, they will fail to secure their second consecutive World Cup Final. In the previous tournament, they played in the championship game and won in a nail-biter, 4-2 against their well-known opponents, Croatia in Russia.

For the World Cup, the Knockout Round consists of one-game playoffs. Therefore, there is no opportunity to win the series by taking game two. There is no room for a mistake in this win-or-go-home approach. For Deschamps’ squad to advance to the Final where they would face Argentina, they must win in regular time, after extra time, or triumph in a penalty series.

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