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France lead 1-0 against England at half-time

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8:45 p.m .: the Blues lead at half-time

Despite several clear chances from the English after the French opener, the Blues still lead 1-0 at halftime.

8:17 p.m .: Tchouaméni opens the scoring for France

It was his first goal of the competition: Aurélien Tchouaméni opened the scoring with a long shot. 1-0 for the Blues in the 17th minute.

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Aurélien Tchouaméni, author of the first goal of the Blues in the quarter-final against England. (JULIAN FINNEY/GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP)

8 p.m.: it’s off to England-France

Kick-off of the last quarter-final of this World Cup, a duel which comes at a time of great tension between London and Paris, as historian Florian Louis recalls, deciphering for “L’Obs” the geopolitical issues behind the competition matches.

7 p.m.: the Blues in the same formation as against Poland

Coach Didier Deschamps renewed against Angletette the same starting team as in the round of 16 against Poland, with Lloris in goal, a defense composed of Koundé, Varane, Upamecano and Hernandez, a midfielder Griezmann, Tchouaméni , Rabiot and Dembélé, Giroud and Mbappé in attack. Even if, as our columnist points out, it may well be from the bench that the difference will come.

For captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, this meeting is synonymous with a record: his 143rd selection – the first dates back to 2008 – makes him the record holder for matches played in the blue jersey, ahead of Lilian Thuram (142) and Thierry Henry (123) .

6:30 p.m.: Morocco supporters celebrate victory on the Champs-Elysées

Morocco’s supporters expressed their joy on Saturday on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, as soon as Morocco’s victory was known, AFP reports: “It is a source of great pride for all Arab countries, for all of Africa . It’s nice: now whatever happens we are in the four best teams in the world, ” said one of them when questioned by the agency.

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Waving the Moroccan flag, the happy supporters were only beginning to arrive, from 6 p.m., among the many tourists strolling on the avenue this winter Saturday evening and sometimes unaware that a match had just ended in Qatar. .

Morocco fans celebrate qualifying for the semi-finals of the Qatari World Cup on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Saturday.
Morocco fans celebrate qualifying for the semi-finals of the Qatari World Cup on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Saturday. (FRANCOIS MORI/AP/SIPA)

6 p.m.: a historic victory for Morocco

It is the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final: Morocco beat Portugal 1-0, thanks to a goal by Youssef En-Nesyri in the 42nd minute. The Atlas Lions then resisted the Portuguese attack to hold this victory and this historic qualification. They will face the winner of the England-France evening match on Wednesday. On Friday, it was Argentina and Croatia who had won their qualification for the other semi-final on Tuesday.

Youssef En-Nesyri, author of the only goal of the match for Morocco at the end of the first half.
Youssef En-Nesyri, author of the only goal of the match for Morocco at the end of the first half. (MARTIN MEISSNER/AP/SIPA)

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