how the Franco-Moroccan couple from Chécy experienced the France-Morocco semi-final

7:30.. The television is on the Leistel family in Chécy. France-Morocco: the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar promises to be hot, including in front of the small screen. “I have always supported France, but there, today, I cannot, I am fully behind Morocco“, Explanation life51 years old, commercial director in ready-to-wear, born in Marrakech and came to France at the age of 20. “I was born in Nancy, the city of Platinireplica Jean Marc63 years old, nuclear engineer, and in Morocco I met Hayat, my heart is obviously divided tonight, but the preference is the same in France.

8:00 p.m. Kick-off of the meeting. Malak, the nephew, arrived with 4 friends, including Sanaa, who has dual nationality of French and Moroccan, and lives in St-Jean-de-la-Ruelle. Added here a WhatsApp group created for the occasion – titled “semi-final” – with 12 participants, most of whom are family members and live in Morocco. “My mother told me that she turned her head not to watch the match, until the Moroccans scored!“, Hayat smiled.

“It couldn’t have started any better!”

8:05 p.m. France opened the scoring thanks to Theo Hernandez. “Amazing! Jean-Marc was on fire. Griezmann’s breakthrough, countered by M’Bappé and Hernandez triggering the shot, it couldn’t have started better. This will force the Moroccans to leave, and we can go on the other way.

8:09 p.m. First shot on target for Morocco. “Fortunately, it gives hope“, Hayat breathed while carrying Moroccan samosas.

8:16 p.m. Hakim Zyech, who launched well into the penalty area, lost his control and smashed his shot. “But what is he doing? Did he eat too much couscous or something?”angry with Hayat.

8:35 p.m. Kylian M’Bappé missed a big chance. “Unfortunately, it was the right time to put 2-0, but in any case, it was an opportunity; because Moroccan opportunities, we don’t see!”Jean-Marc’s room.

8:48 p.m. Half an hour, France leads 1-0. “Sorry but I still have the balls we conceded this goal so quicklyHayat complained. France is on top, and Morocco, well… We are bad, we are bad!“There is no overconfidence, however, for his wife:”I found that we let the Moroccans play too much, and we risk paying for it. In my opinion, it didn’t win, far from it!We take advantage of the break to taste a delicious Moroccan pastilla – the perfect dish in case of an event. “After swallowing it, we can only support Morocco“, concluded Hayat.

“Winner, whatever the outcome!”

9:12 p.m. Great opportunity for Morocco. “We dominate, we dominate, we will come back in the end“, Hayat hoped.”We need to stop playing small arms“, whispered Jean-Marc.

9:18 p.m. Umpteenth foul on Antoine Griezmann. “This one, he was dropping like a fly,” Hayat complained.”Mainly because Moroccans make so many mistakes“, criticizes his wife. Their son Benjamin, who came to the fight, acts as a mediator: “The truth is that instead of Griezmann putting in a big game, he is everywhere and constantly blocking his opponents.

A delicious pastilla to attack in the second half
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Francois Gueroult

9:33 p.m. New opportunity for Morocco, in vain. “It’s not possible, do we have an evil eye or what?“, Hayat is angry, adding, in front of Jean-Marc’s laughter: “You’re going to sleep outside tonight!

9:37 p.m. France doubled the bet by Randal Kolo Muani. “2-0, this time it’s over for MoroccoHayat notes, hope is so far away… It’s over for me too: I stop supporting Morocco, long live France!

9:53 p.m. At the end of the match, France qualified for the final against Argentina. “To be honest, Morocco dominated and we were hot, but it’s over, we’re in the final! Jean-Marc rejoiced. And for Sunday, it’s all behind the Blues, right?“Sanaa approves:”It is a victory for Morocco to go so far, yet I can only be happy tonight, as a Frenchwoman of Moroccan origin. Well done France, and I hope we win the final!

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