Former Liverpool midfielder, Danny Murphy, has blamed Morocco’s poor defending as the architect of their 2-0 loss to France in the semi-final of the 2022 World Cup.

Recall that France got off to a dream start after Theo Hernandez finished off an early attack after a scramble for the ball inside the Morocco box before Kolo Muani netted the second goal.

However, Murphy, who was providing live commentary for BBC’s coverage of the semi-final match, was very critical of Morocco’s defending in the goal.

“It’s a slip, isn’t it? From [Jawad] El Yamiq – it is naive defending and then they are scrambling all over the place,” Murphy said when commenting on the goal.


“It falls for Hernandez, who takes his time, and it is a good technique for the finish. Waiting for it to drop.

“Great start for France, disastrous start for Morocco. Poor defending was not it; very unlike them.

“Trying to get in front too early against the quality of France. The slip came from being too eager, too keen to try and get in front. No problem, just stay behind him, especially with someone like Griezmann. It is a good pass.

“Last thing they wanted to do, France will be happy to sit back now. It is very good from Hernandez.”


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