France ends Morocco’s dream World Cup run

Eugenie Le Sommer scored twice as France advanced to the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter finals with a 4-0 win over Morocco on Tuesday.

France’s all-time leading scorer struck once in each half as her country set up a showdown with co-host Australia in Brisbane on Saturdayfor a place in the semi finals.

A three-goal burst in nine minutes took the game away from Morocco, with Kadidiatou Diani, Kenza Dali and Le Sommer all scoring to give France a 3-0 lead after 23 minutes at Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium.

READ MORE: World Cup star praised for fiery act towards TV camera

READ MORE: Colombia win seals historic World Cup first

READ MORE: ‘Great coincidence’: Matilda denies tactic that turned game

Le Sommer headed in a fourth in the 70th to complete the win and end Morocco’s campaign.

The Moroccans, on debut at the tournament, became the first Arab nation to advance to the knockout stage.

The Atlas Lions were the first Arab team to register a win in the competition by beating South Korea in the group stage. They followed that by upsetting group winner Colombia to advance to the round of 16 at the expense of world No.2-ranked Germany.

But overcoming France, one of the tournament favourites, was a step too far for Reynald Pedros’ team.

Diani opened the scoring in the 15th minute when left unmarked in front of goal to head in Sakina Karchaoui’s cross from the left.

It was Diani’s fourth goal of the tournament after her hat trick in France’s 6-3 win over Panama in its final Group F match.

Dali scored five minutes later after Diani cut back from the right. Dali struck a first-time shot low into the corner to beat Morocco goalkeeper Khadija Er-Rmichi.

And France was 3-0 up when Diani blocked the attempted clearance of Nesryne El Chad into the path of Le Sommer to convert.

Le Sommer got a second goal when heading in at the far post from Vicki Becho’s looping cross with 20 minutes left in regulation.

The Matildas, who play France on Saturday, advanced to the quarter finals by beating Denmark 2-0 on Monday, with superstar striker Sam Kerr returning from a calf injury to make her first appearance at this World Cup as a second-half substitute.

France lost a friendly to Australia leading into the tournament.

For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!

Check Also

Víctor Valdés poses with the Euro 2012 trophy after Spain

Euros winners without playing a match

After the World Cup, winning a continental competition is the biggest honour for a footballer …

Leave a Reply