The European quarter-final match between England and France began with great danger in front of the goal of English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. After ten minutes of play, Olivier Giroud scored the first goal with his head against France, and in the 17th minute France also scored immediately.
Kylian Mbappe remained upright between a number of English defenders, and the ball ended up at the feet of Aurelien Chouamini through Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann. The Real Madrid midfielder fired a powerful shot from outside the penalty area and saw the English net bulge a second later.
After half an hour of play, England looked questioningly at the referee when Harry Kane fell inside the penalty area, but Brazilian Wilton Sampaio mercilessly removed the English protests, and the video assistant referee did not award a penalty kick either.
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Early in the second half, the penalty went to England after all. Top scorer Tshwamini fired the ball at Bukayo Saka and this time there was no doubt in Sampaio’s mind. Kane stood behind the ball and slotted the penalty beyond his Tottenham Hotspur teammate, Hugo Lloris.
The English had the upper hand in the match, but in the 77th minute it was France that took the lead out of nowhere. Olivier Giroud headed home a cross from Griezmann, who registered his second assist of the evening.
But England did not shake their head and looked for a second equalizer. Five minutes from time, it looked like it was going to happen when Theo Hernandez pushed substitute Mason Mount to the ground. Kane could have become England’s all-time top scorer with his goal, but his goal was hopeless.
France meets Morocco
After the victory, France is still in the race to defend its title in 2018. In the semi-finals, the French team will meet Morocco, which defeated Portugal 1-0 earlier today. The match between France and Morocco is scheduled to take place next Wednesday at eight o’clock in the evening.
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