2-1: France Keep W’Cup Dream Alive, End England’s Dream

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele

World Cup champions France on Saturday evening defeated England 2-1 in their quarter-finals clash at the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar to embrace the World Cup semi-finals.

England’s captain Harry Kane failed to draw level with France after he missed a penalty in the last ten minutes of the game.

Aurellen Tchouameni scored the opening goal, 17′, but a resilient England fought back with Bukayo Saka securing a penalty for the English side and Kane finding the back of the net, levelling the game early in the second half.

However, despite scoring the first penalty, the English captain could not double the magic for his team. England won another penalty after Hernandez fouled Mason Mount, but Kane shot across the crossbar wasting what would have been the game changer in the 83rd minute of game time.

Olivier Giroud was the match winner for France with his astonishing 78th minute goal keeping the dream alive for the French team.

France will face Morocco in the semi-finals, who in a shocking win defeated a Ronaldo-led Portugal to become the first African team to ever reach a World Cup semi-final.

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