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France 2-1 England: Kane misses vital penalty as Three Lions eliminated at quarter finals

France have made it through to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup, beating England 2-1 in their quarter final fixture to advance. Didier Deschamps’ injury list has not been a problem at all, with the defending champions now two wins away from successfully defending their title. 

Aurelien Tchouameni opened the scoring for France 17 minutes into the game with a long range effort that found the back of the net. Les Blues could not create a lot of chances, but were able to convert their chance when it came. 

France defeat England to advance to semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup 

Harry Kane was able to convert a penalty early in the second half to equalise and make it 1-1. With his second goal at the World Cup, Kane has equalised Wayne Rooney for the most goals scored for England at 53. 

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But, Olivier Giroud added to his tally at the tournament with yet another vital goal in the 78th minute to make it 2-1. Kane could have equalised from the spot yet again, presented with a golden opportunity. But, the Tottenham Hotspur striker could not beat his club teammate, Hugo Lloris, for the second time, blasting his effort over the bar. 

And despite putting in a strong showing throughout the match, Gareth Southgate’s team were not able to trouble their opponents enough to get a result. On the other hand, France will be facing Morocco in the semi-finals of the World Cup. 

We could see a repeat of the 2018 finals if Croatia can beat Argentina in the other semi-final. On the other hand, Morocco could also claim an upset victory, considering the kind of performances that they have been putting in. 

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Arsh Das
Arsh Das
A music enthusiast, also passionate about football and bringing you the latest in the sporting world every day.

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