FIFA World Cup: Moroccan fans clashed with police in Brussels after Walid Regragui’s team was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup after a 0-2 loss to France in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Around 100 Moroccan flag-wrapped fans threw fireworks and other objects at police in riot gear near Brussels South station. Fans set fire to garbage bags and cardboard boxes, prompting police to use water cannons and tear gas.
According to Reuters, police detained several fans and stated that the clashes were brief and caused no serious damage.
France became the first team since Brazil in 2002 to reach a second World Cup final in a row. Les Bleus took an early lead in the fifth minute thanks to a close-range finish from Theo Hernandez after Kylian Mbappe’s effort was blocked.
France could have doubled its lead, but Jawad El Yamiq hit the post. Didier Deschamps’ team eventually put Morocco to sleep when Randal Kolo Muani scored his first international goal in the 79th minute to send Les Bleus to the final, where France will face Argentina on December 18.
Morocco coach Regragui stated after the game that his team gave their all and that the semi-final loss would not detract from their heroics throughout the 2022 campaign in Qatar.
France will face Argentina in the World Cup final after defeating Morocco 2-0 in an enthralling semi-final on December 14 to maintain their title defence and end the north Africans’ fairytale run in Qatar.
Defending champions France have set up a showdown with two-time winners Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final, thanks to goals from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani. Didier Deschamps’ France will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the Qatar World Cup 2022 final on Sunday at the Lusail Stadium.
The dream final!! Sunday, France vs Argentina in the World Cup final, Kylian vs Messi. A battle for the third star, la tercera estrella, la troisième étoile. It will be epic! @ESPNFC pic.twitter.com/W7VjxQf4t7
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) December 15, 2022