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France beats England 2-1 to advance to semifinals

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France celebrates after beating England the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final match in Al Khor on Dec. 10, 2022.

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Harry Kane blazed a late penalty over the bar as England’s World Cup dreams ended with a 2-1 defeat within the quarter-finals to defending champions France.

The England captain had already converted from 12 yards earlier in the sport to level after Aurelien Tchouameni’s thunderbolt had put France ahead and he was given a golden opportunity to equalize for a second time after Olivier Giroud’s header when Theo Hernandez recklessly barged into Mason Mount.

His first penalty had taken Kane level with Wayne Rooney’s England scoring record of 53 goals and meant he’d scored more penalties in normal time at World Cups than any player ever.

But with six minutes to play, and the pressure huge, he smashed his second spot kick high over the bar. Kane looked devastated. There was no way back and at the ultimate whistle, he was inconsolable.

Referee Wilton Sampaio had initially ignored the foul on Mount before VAR advised him to examine the pitchside monitor and England were frustrated throughout this enthralling contest by decisions from the officials, with a challenge on Bukayo Saka not given as a foul within the build-up to the opener and a penalty shout from Kane ignored in the primary half.

Jude Bellingham, at 19-years-old and England’s youngest player to start out a quarter-final, Saka, 21, and Phil Foden, 22, were all exceptional as Gareth Southgate’s side dueled with France. Harry Maguire clipped a post with a header at 1-1 and Marcus Rashford lifted a last-gasp free-kick onto the roof of the web.

But ultimately it was a penalty that caused England World Cup heartbreak again.

England players console one another after losing to France within the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final match in Al Khor on Dec. 10, 2022.

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A rare miss — Kane’s penalty record

Harry Kane has scored 17/21 penalties for England. He has scored 30/34 within the Premier League.

What next for Gareth Southgate? Will he proceed along with his contract running through to the subsequent European Championships for yet one more shot at glory with this group? That’s the talk for the times to come back.

As for France, they go on to play Morocco within the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday at 7pm, again on the Al Bayt stadium after Morocco became the primary African nation to succeed in the ultimate 4 with a 1-0 win over Portugal earlier on Saturday, which left Cristiano Ronaldo in tears.

Zinny Boswell’s and Sam Blitz’s player rankings

England: Pickford (6), Walker (6), Stones (7), Maguire (5), Shaw (4), Rice (7), Henderson (6), Bellingham (6), Saka (8), Kane (6), Foden (6).

Subs: Mount (5), Sterling (5), Rashford (5), Grealish (n/a)

France: Lloris (7), Kounde (6), Varane (6), Upamecano (6), Hernandez (4), Griezmann (8), Tchouameni (7), Rabiot (6), Dembele (6), Giroud (7), Mbappe (6).

Subs: Coman (6)

Man of the match: Antoine Griezmann.

How England’s World Cup dream ended

It was a dramatic ending to this epic first-ever knockout clash between these sides. It had begun with England looking nervy after the large build-up and the fear of France star Kylian Mbappe was plain to see when he was in a position to stretch his legs within the lead-up to the opener.

After a desperate challenge from Declan Rice, England retreated rapidly to their very own area and there was then space for Antoine Griezmann to roll across for Tchouameni to crash a wonderful strike into the underside corner.

Aurelien Tchouameni of France scores a goal throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match against England on Dec. 10, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

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Team news

  • England were unchanged from the side which beat Senegal, with Gareth Southgate sticking with a back 4
  • France also used the identical XI from their last-16 tie, with Kylian Mbappe in attack after scoring twice against Poland

England complained there must have been a foul given for a challenge from Dayot Upamecano on Saka at the beginning of the move and there was more frustration with the officials and VAR when no penalty was awarded when Kane rolled the defender for a second time within the space of 5 minutes and tumbled on the sting of the world.

Kane tested Tottenham teammate Lloris from close range and from distance as he led England’s response but the specter of France was all the time there, with Mbappe firing over after a free-kick was worked into the box.

England had never won a World Cup match they were losing at half-time, while France had won 24 of the 25 they’d led after 45 minutes — but Bellingham showed no respect for such records, driving England forward early within the second period before providing the wall pass for Saka when the Arsenal man was floored within the box by Tchouameni.

Kane, after being made to attend, eventually slammed home the penalty to match Rooney’s milestone. It was an enormous moment in his profession and his fourth goal from the spot in World Cups — but one which can be overshadowed by one other penalty to come back.

The equalizer sparked a frantic jiffy, with Adrien Rabiot almost catching England asleep seconds after the restart when he forced a stop from Jordan Pickford and Mbappe turned on the afterburners to charge away from Walker, however the Three Lions refocused and were inches away when Maguire grazed a post with a header from Jordan Henderson’s free-kick.

Giroud had grow to be France’s record goalscorer himself earlier on this tournament and after heading wide and seeing Pickford push away a volley, he beat Maguire to Griezmann’s cross to move his country back in front.

Harry Maguire of England and Olivier Giroud of France clash during a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match on Dec. 10, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

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There have been emphatic celebrations from the French and it was a hammer blow to England — but incredibly they got a likelihood to save lots of their World Cup just a few minutes later due to Hernandez’s thoughtless foul. This time, though, Kane got all of it incorrect. Uncharacteristically so.

The miss knocked the stuffing out of England and the prospect of mounting a grandstand finish. They were in a position to muster yet one more likelihood — but Rashford was just off track as he looked to fireplace in a second free-kick of this World Cup. There was to be no late twist. England’s big likelihood had come and gone. And so had their hopes of glory in Qatar.

Kane: I take responsibility; it’s going to hurt

England captain Harry Kane speaking on ITV: “I’m all the time someone who prepares for getting one or two penalties in a game, I all the time have an idea for what I would like to do. I am unable to fault my preparation or anything like that, it was just the execution on the night.

“The primary pen was great, the second I didn’t quite hit it how I desired to. I actually have to take it on the chin, it’s going to hurt needless to say, the entire game will hurt. Because the captain, I’ll take that, but I could not be prouder of the boys.

“It comes right down to a small detail I’ll take responsibility for. I’m not apprehensive concerning the team and the way it’s going to impact them. We now have some great talent.”

Harry Kane is consoled by Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier after England’s 1-2 defeat within the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match against France on Dec. 10, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

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Southgate: We believed we could win the World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate speaking on ITV: “The performance did [live up to expectation]. Ultimately, goals are decisive. I’ve just said to the players, they couldn’t give any more. High-quality margins. Things at each ends which have decided the sport. I’m pleased with the way in which they have been through the tournament.”

On the referee: “Pointless me going into that. I’d reasonably speak about our players. Congratulations to France. They know they have been in a hell of a game. I do not think we could have done any more.

“For me, we win and lose as a team. We let two [goals] in and missed possibilities. Harry [Kane] has been incredible for us. So reliable. We would not be here if not for the goals he’s scored for us.

“It’s key moments. In a lot of the big moments we were in the correct place. It is a game of wonderful margins. We were here to attempt to win the tournament — we had belief we could. We have a team that would have done that.”

On his England future, Southgate said: “After every tournament we have sat down and reviewed and reflected. So we’d like a little bit of time to be sure everyone makes the correct decisions.”

Evaluation: England’s defense costs them ultimately

SSN senior reporter Rob Dorsett on the Al Thumama Stadium:

“England’s players dropped to the turf, many in tears, as France have fun. The English fans were silent. Stunned. Heartbreak for England, who crashed out in Qatar.

“For much of this quarter-final, they were the higher side. They’d more possession, created more possibilities than the world champions. However the England captain will need a while to process the unthinkable – that he missed, at a vital time, from 12 yards.

“That is so bittersweet for Kane, who equaled Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record earlier, with nerves of steel.

“England will bemoan the referee, who did them no favors and missed some key decisions but ultimately, as we feared from the very start of the tournament, it was England’s defense that cost them. Two key lapses, that were ruthlessly punished by France.

“England will head home tomorrow. Christmas is canceled.”

Opta stats — Quarter-final heartbreak again for England

  • That is the seventh time England have been eliminated from the quarter-final stages of the World Cup, greater than some other side within the history of the competition.
  • England have lost all three of their World Cup matches against reigning champions, with all three coming within the quarter-final stage of the competition (2-4 vs Uruguay in 1954, 1-3 vs Brazil in 1962 and 1-2 vs France tonight).
  • England scored 13 goals on the 2022 World Cup, the best variety of goals they’ve ever scored in a single edition of a serious tournament (World Cup and European Championship).
  • Antoine Griezmann became the primary French player to offer two assists in a knockout round game of the World Cup since Dominique Rocheteau against Italy in 1986 (round of 16).
  • Kane became the primary player to each rating and miss a penalty in a World Cup match since Michal Bilek for Czechoslovakia against USA in 1990.
  • Hugo Lloris made his 143rd appearance for France, becoming probably the most capped player within the senior French men’s side.
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