France overcome fierce England attack to advance to World Cup semi-finals
France overcame an onslaught of England in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday when midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni and veteran striker Olivier Giroud scored in the 2-1 win. England captain Harry Kane equalized on the penalty spot after Les Bleus’ first goal but missed the second. France now advances to the semi-finals to face Morocco. Read our live blog for all the action taking place during the match.
When France attacking in this close game, they did it in classic Les Bleus style: By weaving a ribbon in the opponent’s half before Tchouaméni scored, and then passing a long main ball. body into the box for Giroud to shoot the net. The 61 minutes between attacks were much less inspiring and the defense allowed England striker Bukayo Saka to regularly handle the ball near the box.
story for England will forever focus on their veteran striker Harry Kane, who missed a penalty that should have equalized with about eight minutes left of play. Kane scored his first goal for the Three Lions on the penalty spot early in the second half. But fans will also remember how often he and his teammates, including younger players Saka and Phil Foden, created chances near the French goal.
>> Read the full recap of the World Cup quarter-finals here.
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