- Harry Kane scores one penalty but misses another as England crash out
- Tchouameni and Giroud on target to send holders France through
- Neither team deserved to lose a fantastic match full of first-rate football
England 1-2 France
Goals: England - Kane (54' pen); France - Tchouameni (17'), Giroud (78')
France will take on Morocco in the Qatar 2022 semi-finals after a thrilling, topsy-turvy 2-1 win over England at Al Bayt Stadium.
Olivier Giroud’s deflected second-half header ultimately proved to be the winner after Harry Kane blazed over a late penalty, having earlier scored from the spot to cancel out Aurelien Tchouameni’s beautifully struck opener.
Much was expected of this clash of two European titans, and the game more than lived up to its lofty billing. Neither team was able to maintain control as momentum shifted one direction, then the other, with England starting the brighter before France capitalised on a short spell of pressure.
Few would have predicted the scorer, though, even if Tchouameni looked like a natural marksman as he smashed a right-footed shot into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards for his first-ever competitive goal for Les Bleus.
The remainder of the first half then became something of a personal battle between Kane and Hugo Lloris, club-mates at Tottenham Hotspur, with the keeper racing from his goal to save at the striker’s feet before agilely tipping away a deflected 20-yard effort.
England’s captain would not be denied, however, and claimed a deserved England equaliser nine minutes into the second half with a trademark penalty into the top-left corner after the lively Bukayo Saka had been upended.
Both teams created chances in the spell that followed, with Jordan Pickford producing one particularly impressive save to divert a net-bound Giroud volley behind for a corner. France’s record scorer, like Kane, was undeterred though, and was rewarded when his near-post header from Antoine Griezmann’s inviting cross flashed past Pickford via a touch off Harry Maguire.
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