Women’s World Cup Round of 16: France vs Morocco Preview

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Women’s World Cup Round of 16: France vs Morocco Preview

Tuesday morning at 7 AM ET marks the final game of the Women’s World Cup Round of 16 as a very strong France side locks horns with Morocco, who surprisingly got through to the knockout stages despite a deflating defeat on matchday one to Germany, who were eliminated by South Korea in shocking fashion.

This fixture will take place at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. The winner plays either Australia or Denmark in the quarterfinals. This is the Moroccans' first time in the tournament, while Les Bleus is a regular participant in the WWC and frequently finds themselves in the knockouts. And of course, France took down Morocco in the semis of the Men’s World Cup last year. We’ll see if a similar outcome could follow. Continue reading for the match preview.

Quick Take

  • France faces Morocco in the Round of 16 Tuesday morning
  • Les Bleus is a heavy -715 favorite at 888sport
  • Read below for the preview and in-depth analysis

Impressive Group Stage For France

There is a reason France is a massive -715 favorite at 888sport Tuesday. They are one of the best teams left in the competition and have been in the last 16 at the very least in four straight World Cups. Les Bleus finished at the top of Group F with two wins and a draw, beating Brazil and Panama convincingly while settling for a lone point against Jamaica, who moved on alongside them.

Matchday three last Wednesday was extremely impressive, taking down the Panamanians by a score of 6-3. Kadidiatou Diani led the way with a hat trick, with two of her goals coming from the penalty spot. Maelle Lakrar, Vicki Becho, and Lea Le Garrec all found the back of the net as well. Although the French didn’t look great against Jamaica, they surely responded in their final two group stage fixtures and undoubtedly come into Tuesday with the utmost confidence. With the United States out, there’s no reason France can’t make a deep run.

Morocco Following Suit

Remember when the Morocco men made a Cinderella run to the semifinals of the World Cup back in December? Well, their women’s program is evidently following suit. The debutants were certainly humbled in the tournament opener in a 6-0 loss to Germany, but the African outfit didn’t give up. While both wins over South Korea and Colombia were just 1-0 scorelines, it still added up to six points. That’s what really counts. The Colombians were fresh off a heroic victory over Germany and were certainly riding a high but Morocco stopped them in their tracks. Anissa Lahmari scored the eventual winner in injury time of the first half to secure her side’s place in the knockout stages.

Sure, goals are few and far between for the Moroccans. Nevertheless, this squad has guts and has no shortage of motivation to make even more history on the women’s side. In fact, they’re only the second African country to make the Round of 16 in their debut tournament. Not bad for a massive underdog a most soccer betting sites.

Injury News

France captain Wendie Renard and all-time leading scorer Eugenie Le Sommer were both rested on matchday three, but they will definitely be in Herve Renard’s starting XI Tuesday. Lakrar meanwhile, who is a mainstay at the back, could be on the bench due to a thigh injury. As for Morocco, they look to be at full strength.