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Just one spot remains in the 2023 women’s World Cup quarter-finals, so will David or Goliath prevail in this tie that, on paper, should be a miss-match, but with this tournament you just never know.
France are the great underachievers of international women’s football, never getting beyond the quarter-finals of any competition, falling at that hurdle in at the 2011 edition, 2012 Olympics and at last summer’s Euros.
However, after Hervé Renard succeeded the hugely unpopular Corinne Diacre in April, there was optimism that les Bleues could break new ground.
However, it looked like being another disappointing summer for French supporters when, in their opener, they put in an underwhelming display and were held to a goalless draw by Jamaica.
Six days later though, les Bleues prevailed in a heavyweight clash, beating Brazil 2-1 in Brisbane, with Eugénie Le Sommer breaking the deadlock, before Wendie Renard snatched the points via a late, trademark header.
This meant France had little to play for against Panama on Wednesday, with Hervé Renard making five changes, but his team still scored six in Sydney, with the final score 6-3.
Kadidiatou Diani bagging a hat-trick, featuring two penalties, while Maëlle Lakrar, Léa Le Garrec and Vicki Bècho were all also on target.
This is the first time France have ever scored 6+ in a World Cup match, so will they now reach the quarter-finals of this competition for the fourth edition in a row?
Eight debutants took part at this tournament, with just one making it out of their group, their being the side currently ranked 72 in the world by FIFA Morocco.
Just three years ago, the Atlas Lionesses’ stated objective was to qualify for WAFCON, something they hadn’t achieved since 2000, getting to last summer’s edition, before unexpectedly reaching the final.
This success saw Reynald Pedros’ side qualify for this World Cup, but they looked set for a very brief stay in Australia, following a 6-0 demolition at the hands of Germany in their opener.
Nevertheless, six days later, Morocco bounced back brilliantly by beating Korea Republic 1-0, this a big shock, with Ibtissam Jraïdi the historic match-winner in Adelaide.
Nevertheless, going into their final group game on Thursday, very little was expected of Morocco, taking on a Colombian outfit boasting a 100% record.
Nevertheless, they pulled off a shock 1-0 win in Perth, with the only goal coming in first half stoppage time; Ghizlane Chebbak seeing a penalty saved, but Anissa Lahmari was on hand to stroke home the rebound.
With Germany only managing a 1-1 draw against South Korea 2,493 miles away simultaneously, this was enough to see Morocco finish in second place, despite being priced at 40/1 to achieve this pre-tournament.
The Atlas Lionesses have already achieved exponentially more than they ever could’ve dreamed of, but a victory over France would, almost certainly be, the biggest shock in World Cup history.
Will les Bleues be simply too strong at Hindmarsh Stadium, setting up a quarter-final showdown with co-hosts Australia in Brisbane on Saturday?
France team news
As mentioned, Hervé Renard made five changes for Wednesday’s bonkers 6-3 victory over Panama, but will largely revert to the XI that beat Brazil.
This’ll see captain Wendie Renard return at centre-back, with Maëlle Lakrar likely to get the nod alongside, chosen over Estelle Cascarino.
After bagging a hat-trick last time out, Kadidiatou Diani is set to keep her place alongside Selma Bacha, in-behind les Bleues’ record goal-scorer Eugénie Le Sommer.
Midfielder Grace Geyoro, who scored a hat-trick against Italy at last summer’s Euros, will also be key as France aim to break down a low defensive block.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Peyraud-Magnin; Périsset, Renard, Lakrar, Karchaoui; Toletti, Geyoro, Dali; Diani, Bacha, Le Sommer.
Morocco teams news
Reynald Pedros made wholesale changed following Morocco’s mauling at the hands of Germany, so appears to have stumbled upon a winning formluae.
Nouhaila Benzina, who’s become the first player wearing a hijab to feature at a World Cup, will remain in the XI, which’ll be a big talking point, given France’s recently-introduced draconian laws surrounding hijabs.
Spurs striker Rosella Ayane has, surprisingly, been left on the bench for Morocco’s last two matches, with Ibtissam Jraïdi and Anissa Lahmari leading the line.
Predicted XI (4-4-2): Er-Rmichi; Aït El Haj, Benzina, El Chad, Redouani; Chebbak, Nakkach, Ouzraoui Diki, Tagnaout; Jraïdi, Ayane.