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Key facts ahead of Morocco-France World Cup semi-finals clash



  • This is France’s sixth appearance in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in their last nine participations in the finals.
  • France are the first FIFA World Cup holders to reach the semi-finals since Brazil in 1998.
  • France have been successful in 15 of their last 17 FIFA World Cup knockout ties (including one penalty shoot-out win).
  • France have won each of their last six FIFA World Cup knockout matches.
  • Morocco are only the third nation outside of Europe or South America to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup, following the USA (1930) and Korea Republic (2002).
  • Morocco are the 25th nation to compete in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup. They are the only nation in this year’s semi-finals who have yet to feature in the semi-finals.
  • Morocco are unbeaten in their last six FIFA World Cup matches (Won 3; Drew 3). This is their best unbeaten streak at the finals.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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