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France Knock England Out of World Cup, Reach Semi-Finals After Harry Kane Misses Penalty

ETchouameni and Giroud scored for the reigning world champions, either side of a Kane penalty equalizer.

England are out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after losing 2-1 to France in their quarter-final at Al-Bayt Stadium.

Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud scored for the reigning world champions, either side of a Harry Kane equalizer from the penalty spot.

Kane had the chance to level from the spot again but send his second penalty kick high over the crossbar.

France will play Morocco in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

France took the lead in the 17th minute when Antoine Griezmann teed up Aurelien Tchouameni to beat Jordan Pickford from 25 yards.

England were furious as they believed that Dayot Upamecano had fouled Bukayo Saka in the build-up.

However, the goal survived a VAR review.

Upamecano got away with another possible foul midway through the first half after bringing down England captain Harry Kane dangerously close to the edge of the penalty area.

Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio did not award a foul. Replays later suggested that Kane had been illegally impeded but just outside the box, so VAR could not intervene.

But Sampaio did point to the penalty spot early in the second half after Saka was clearly fouled by Tchouameni.

Kane stepped up to convert the spot-kick and became England’s joint leading scorer by equaling Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals.

England were now in the ascendency and twice came close to going ahead in normal time.

Harry Maguire shaved the outside of the post with a powerful header, shortly before Saka fired wide from close range.

It was far from one-way traffic though. At the other end, Jordan Pickford was called upon to make a smart save to deny Giroud.

But the former Arsenal striker beat the England keeper from another chance moments later.

Giroud met an Antoine Griezmann cross with a powerful header to put France back into front in the 78th minute.

England responded and won their second penalty of the evening after a VAR review found Theo Hernandez guilty of barging Mason Mount to the ground.

Kane tried to replicate his earlier effort but send his shot over the crossbar.