Liam Williams Wales beat France 20-19 to reach Rugby World Cup semifinals

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Liam Williams France players look dejected after they lose against Wales in Rugby World Cup 2019 quarterfinals, October 20 2019.

France players look dejected after they lose against Wales in Rugby World Cup 2019 quarterfinals, October 20 2019. Peter Cziborra, REUTERS.

Wales advanced to their third World Cup semifinal when Ross Moriarty’s late try gave then a 20-19 victory over a battling France team who played the last half-hour with 14 men after lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off on Sunday.

France were leading 19-10 when Vahaamahina had a moment of madness – elbowing Aaron Wainwright in the face during a maul – and though they defended superbly after that, replacement number eight Moriarty, who had been yellow-carded himself earlier, won the match six minutes from time when he grabbed a loose ball and forced his way over the line.

Eight years ago an early red card for Wales captain Sam Warburton played a key role as France triumphed 9-8 in their World Cup semi-final in Auckland.

This time it was the Welsh who benefited to reach the last four for the third time, having lost to New Zealand in 1987 and France in 2011. They will face either South Africa or Japan, who meet later on Sunday.

The French will be furious that they allowed themselves to be forced onto the defensive, having played superbly for most of the opening 50 minutes.

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