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Photos: England going home, France moving on to face Morocco | In Pictures News

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Defending champions France knocked England out of the World Cup in Qatar with a 2-1 victory at the Arbeit Stadium.

France took the lead in the 17th minute when Aurelian Chuameni fired a powerful shot from outside the post to beat England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The match remained relatively even between the sides until England forward Bukayo Saka was brought down in the French box early in the second half. Captain Harry Kane stepped up and his strong conversion drew the game level in the 54th minute.

Then several close misses, including England centre-back Harry Maguire’s Burkis header, saw both sides battling tooth and nail to take the lead.

However, it was France’s record scorer Olivier Giroud who scored the decisive goal in the 78th minute with a header to give Les Brouses the lead.

Kane had a chance to equalize just after England won a second penalty, but he blew the ball over the bar in the 84th minute.

Despite several other chances and a last-minute free-kick from just outside the penalty area failing to convert Marcus Rashford, France sent England home empty-handed to become the reigning champions. will face Morocco on Wednesday.

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