France vs Morocco
All five of their previous encounters were friendly games, and France has never lost to Morocco. In November 2007, the most recent meeting ended in a 2-2 draw in Saint-Denis.
In its six World Cup encounters with African countries, France has alternated between winning and losing, most recently falling 1-0 to Tunisia in this year’s group stage. In the history of the World Cup, no team has ever suffered defeats to two distinct African opponents.
In fact, this match will be the first World Cup semifinal played by an African team. Morocco is attempting to become the first African country to reach the World Cup final.
After being ousted from each of their first three World Cup tournaments (1958, 1982, and 1986), France is currently playing in their seventh World Cup semifinal. They have won each of their last three games to get to this point (1998, 2006, 2018).
Morocco is yet to allow an opponent to score against them during the 2022 World Cup, and their sole goal surrendered came from an own goal against Canada. At this competition, they have kept four clean sheets, and the last two teams to do so in a single edition won the championship (Spain 2010, Italy 2006).
The greatest winning streak in World Cup history for an African nation is six World Cup games for Morocco (W3 D3).
France is attempting to become the first defending champions to reach the World Cup final since Brazil in 1998, despite conceding in each of their last six games. Italy was the last country in Europe to do so in 1938.
In the 2022 World Cup, Morocco has made more tackles (104) and clearances (137) than any other team. Only Ecuador had a lower such percentage (19% – 4/21) than they did with just nine of the 45 shots they have faced so far in this tournament (20%).