France's Theo Hernandez , celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — The Latest from the World Cup semifinal match between France and Morocco:

France forward Antoine Griezmann says any team with Lionel Messi in it “is a totally different proposition.”

Argentina will face France in the World Cup final on Sunday. Griezmann says Argentina is “on top form.”

“There isn’t only Messi — they have a strong team around him — and they have a lot of support in the crowd,” he said.

Morocco coach Walid Regragui says the only regret he has about the team’s loss to France in the semifinals is conceding so early in the match.

France defender Theo Hernandez scored in the fifth minute to give the defending champions a 1-0 lead. But Regragui praised him team for a better performance in the second half.

“We improved,” Regragui said. “We created a lot of opportunities. Unfortunately, we weren’t clinical in the final third.”

France eventually got a second goal when Randal Kolo Muani scored in the 79th minute to make it 2-0.

But the Morocco coach said that he was “proud of the team” and that “we did cause them (France) problems.”

France has beaten Morocco 2-0 to reach the World Cup final against Argentina.

Theo Hernandez scored in the fifth minute and Randal Kolo Muani added a second in the 79th.

The defending champion plays Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Sunday.

Randal Kolo Muani has scored in the 79th minute to give France a 2-0 lead over Morocco in the World Cup semifinals.

Speaking before dozens of African leaders gathered in Washington, President Joe Biden joked that he knew what they were thinking when he took the stage.

“Make it short, Biden, there’s a semifinal game coming up,” he said.

Biden thanked the leaders, noting to big cheers from the room that Morocco, which sent its prime minister to the three-day summit, was about to play as the first “African nation in the semifinals.”

After the president was done speaking, the big screens in the conference center switched over to the World Cup match between Morocco and France.

The president watched the match with Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch and other leaders.


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