Kane misses penalty as France oust England to book semifinal berth

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AL KHOR: Harry Kane missed a late penalty as England’s World Cup campaign ended with a disappointing 2-1 defeat against holders France in the last quarter final of the FIFA World Cup 2022, here at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday.

France have reached the semifinals for the seventh time in the World Cups and will now face first time qualifiers Morocco, who earlier upset Ronaldo’s Portugal by 1-0 in the third quarter final.

France took a lead in 17th minute when Aurelien Tchouameni fired a powerful drive from 25 yards out and through the Belligham’s leg to beat English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into the bottom left corner.

Kane, however, equalized with a penalty after the break when Bukayo Saka was tripped by Tchouameni in the area.

Olivier Giroud regained the lead for France with a header in the 78th minute on a superb cross from Antoine Griezmann.

With pressure mounting, England were awarded second penalty six minutes from full time when Theo Hernandez fouled substitute Mason Mount in the box, but Kane sent the spot kick over the bar and missed a golden opportunity to level the scores.

READ: Morocco upset Portugal 1-0 to book historic semi-final spot

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