On November 23, Croatia, the FIFA World Cup 2018 runners-up, will play Morocco in their first match. They have won five straight games, so they are in excellent position going into the contest. Morocco, on the other hand, hasn’t lost in its last five games and seems to be a formidable team. Morocco, which has competed in five previous tournaments but has only once progressed past the group stage, is ranked 12th, ten spots behind Croatia.
An outstanding gauge of Croatia’s potential at the tournament will be how they perform in their opening World Cup Group F matchup against the Atlas Lions. Croatia lost their opening encounter in three of their five World Cup appearances, and each time they did, they were eliminated from the competition. Croatia usually advanced to the semifinals if they didn’t drop the first game.
Morocco will feel like they can stir up some trouble after cruising through their own qualification process. They scored 20 goals and allowed only one in the second round of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) section, winning every game they played.Then, in the third and final qualifying round, they thrashed the Democratic Republic of the Congo 5-2 overall to proceed as the only team with a victory margin of more than one goal.
Midfielder Luka Modric will look to write a new chapter in Croatia’s World Cup history when they play Morocco in the 2022 World Cup opener. In Russia, Modric accepted the Golden Ball award as the competition’s top player. Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who recently battled a knee ailment, is now available, so Croatia has no fresh injury worries.
South Africa, Chile, and Georgia are just a few of the nations that Morocco has defeated in sports. The 22nd-ranked squad in the FIFA World Rankings drew 0-0 with Paraguay in September. The team’s head coach, Walid Regragui, will be pleased with where his team is going. Some tweaks are likely with Sofyan Amrabat expected to return to the midfield. Three months after Vahid Halilhodzic was replaced as Morocco’s head coach by Walid Regragui.
Only one matchup, in 1996, pitted Morocco and Croatia against one another. The game was level 2-2 at the half and the winner of the semi-final match in the first Hassan II Trophy competition was decided by a penalty shootout. Following their victory over the Czech Republic in the championship game, the Croatians defeated their hosts 7-6 in the shootout to claim the inaugural tournament victory.
Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi will probably get the majority of the spotlight, while Youssef En-Nesyri will be the main goal scorer for Morocco. For Croatia, the seasoned veteran Luka Modri is likely to play a crucial part, while Marcelo Brozovi has established himself as one of the best deep-lying playmakers in Europe over the previous four years.
Date, Time & Venue
On November 23 at 3:30 PM (Indian time), the match between Morocco and Croatia will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
The match between Morocco and Croatia will be live-streamed for free on the Jio Cinema app and website, as well as on the Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India.
Croatia has a lot of class all around the field, while Morocco is prepared to play at the top of their game. Modri and the guys should triumph 3-0 with ease.