Morocco forced to make last-minute change against France after West Ham’s Nayef Aguerd is injured in warm-up

MOROCCO were forced into a last-minute change in their team to play France in the historic World Cup semi-final.

West Ham centre-back Nayef Aguerd was due to start but had to be withdrawn with moments until kick off due to an injury.

GettyMorocco were forced into a last-minute change in their team to play France[/caption]

Aguerd suffered an injury during the warm-up and had to be replaced by Achraf Dari.

The defender was brought off in tears during Morocco’s shock last-16 win against Spain following a groin problem.

Aguerd subsequently missed the quarter-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

He watched on as Youssef En-Nesyri’s headed effort won the game.

It meant Morocco became the first African side to reach a World Cup semi-final.

Although the match against reigning champions France got off to a horror start.

Not only did Aguerd pull out before kick off, Morocco were behind after just five minutes.

Left-back Theo Hernandez opened the scoring after a scramble in the penalty box.


After 20 minutes, Morocco were hit with another injury setback as captain Romain Saiss made way.

The former Wolves centre-half carried a thigh injury into the game and limped off.

He was replaced by midfielder Selim Amallah, meaning Morocco had to change shape from a back five to 4-3-3.

GettyRomain Saiss leaves the pitch injured and is substituted[/caption]

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