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Morocco may be intimidated but they can beat France with their good football - Fashanu

Former England striker John Fashanu believes Morocco have what it takes to defeat France and reach the final of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

The Atlas Lions will become the first African team to play in the semi-final when they take on France at Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday.

Ahead of the fixture, the 60-year-old Fashanu, who is of Nigerian descent, is confident the North Africans can weather the storm and reach the final.

“I like to think that Morocco’s Cinderella story can continue,” Fashanu said as quoted by Punch.

“Morocco can certainly beat France and make it to the final but if they will is a different ball game because this is very similar to what we saw when [Harry] Kane took the penalty for England in the quarter-finals. This is a man who scores every time, but the pressure and eyes of millions of people watching globally put him under immense pressure because if you haven’t been in that position it can be very worrying.

“And my only worry is that Morocco have never been in this position before and the pressure does mean a lot when knowing that millions of people are watching. They may be intimidated by a team that often plays in this stage, but if they can get past that and play their usual game, I believe they can beat France with their good football.”

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