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England vs France – Football Match Report – 10th December 2022

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Harry Kane missed a late penalty as England pulled out of the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 loss to defending champions France.

Aurélien Tchouameni put France ahead with a fine 17th-minute strike before Kane leveled the two teams with a 54th-minute penalty, but Olivier Giroud scored what turned out to be a header decisive in the 78th minute.

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Kane had the chance to become England’s record goalscorer in the 84th minute, but it was even more trouble for the Three Lions as the Tottenham Hotspur striker inflated his second spot-kick above bar.

It means Gareth Southgate’s side have failed to reach a second consecutive World Cup semi-final as France progress to the last four, where they will face Morocco on Wednesday.

France got off to a perfect start when Tchouameni shook off a tackle from Declan Rice and hit a brilliant effort from distance that Jordan Pickford was powerless to stop.

There were calls for a 25th-minute England penalty when Dayot Upamecano tangled with Kane at the edge of the box, but referee Wilton Sampaio dismissed those calls after a VAR review.

Southgate’s side were sent off after a strong start to the second half when Tchouameni brought down Saka for a penalty. Kane stepped up and sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way, equaling Wayne Rooney’s all-time England record with his 53rd international goal.

England almost took the lead for the first time in the 70th minute when Harry Maguire got the upper hand from a free-kick but his header grazed the post with Lloris stretching.

France fended off a fine chance from their own seven minutes later when Giroud’s volley was acrobatically deflected by Pickford, but the French striker made up for that with a punchy header from Antoine Griezmann’s cross to give the benefit to his team.

It looked like that lead wouldn’t last long when England were handed a barge penalty from Theo Hernandez on substitute Mason Mount following a VAR review. This time, however, Kane skied his effort in an unusual way.

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