Varane into World Cup final

Wednesday 14 December 2022 21:15

Raphael Varane has helped France reach the 2022 World Cup final, following his side's 2-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday (15 December) evening.

Les Bleus know they will face Argentina in Sunday's showdown in Lusail, with Lisandro Martinez set to go face-to-face with his United team-mate for the biggest prize in international football.

Theo Hernandez's strike after just four minutes fired the reigning world champions into an early lead, before Randal Kolo Mauni tapped home a second to ensure his country's progression.

Varane played the full 90 minutes at the Al Bayt Stadium, as they fended off plenty of advances from the Atlas Lions throughout the match.

Raphael Varane played the full 90 minutes in Al Khor, with France will now bid to become only the third nation to retain the World Cup.

It took France just a mere four minutes to go ahead against Walid Regragui's side, with Fernandez found unmarked following Kylian Mbappe's earlier effort. The AC Milan defender duly obliged by firing his side ahead.

Olivier Giroud then went close soon after, as he rolled around the back of Roman Saiss to break through one-on-one. Les Bleus' all-time leading goalscorer however couldn't find the net, as his effort came back off the post.

But as the half drew to a close, Morocco almost grabbed an equaliser. Jawad El Yamiq's acrobatic effort clipped the post, before France scrambled the ball clear as the action drew to a temporary halt in Al Khor.

The Atlas Lions then dominated most of the second half in search of a vital equaliser, with Chelsea man Hakim Ziyech at the forefront of most good things his side attempted.

Substitute forward Abderrazak Hamdallah went closest to restoring parity for the African outfit during the second 45 minutes, twisting and turning his way through the France backline, before the holders cleared their lines moments later.

As the game began to open up, Kolo Muani entered the fray with a little over ten minutes remaning, and it took the forward just seconds to double France's lead.

Mbappe's superb close control earned him a yard of space, as his shot was well saved by Yassine Bounou, before the Frankfurt man tapped home a vital second.

Rapha applauds France's traveling support following the full-time whistle.

Jules Kounde prevented Hamdallah in added time from close range, as he blocked the forward's effort on the line, after Yahia Attiyat Allah's mazy run had creating a superb late opening.

It was the 2018 holders who saw out the rest of the game and progressed, sparking wild scenes.

We now know Varane's nation will face Martinez's Argentina at the Lusail Stadium, with kick-off set for 15:00 GMT.

Congratulations, Rapha!