We now know who will face England or France in the semi-finals. Morocco have spent the last two hours holding Portugal at arm’s length, winning 1-0 and deservedly becoming the first African nation to qualify for the last four. Walid Regragui’s breakthrough side could have had more than Youssef En-Nesyri’s winning goal today too. I’d hazard a guess that Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps, given the choice of potential semi-final opponents, would have both opted for Morocco… but good luck breaking through that defence, and there’s plenty of counter-flair too. attack in there. Here is the semi-final line-up as it is…
Tuesday 13: Argentina – Croatia (19:00 GMT, Lusail Iconic Stadium)
Wednesday 14: England/France – Morocco (7 p.m. GMT, Al Bayt stadium)
Feelings of anticipation and excitement mixed with very real fear? They are perfectly natural. Go with them.
England face France tonight for only the third time in a World Cup final. The good news: they have won the two previous meetings, Roger Hunt’s two goals are enough at Wembley in 1966; Bryan Robson scored after 27 seconds to spark a 3-1 victory at España 82. The bad news: France enter this game with both Kylian Mbappé and the third chance rule on their side. Kick off is at 7:00 p.m. GMT, 10:00 p.m. at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. يحدث! It’s on!