In the penultimate duel of the 2022 World Championships, Croatia were impressive, beating struggling Morocco 2-1 to finish third in Qatar.
The competition started in a frantic fashion with two goals in the first 10 minutes. ‘Chess’ opened the account at 7′ with a play set up from set pieces. Ivan Perisic switched to center Josco Gvardiolwho crashed into the corner, rendered Bono’s fly sterile.
However, the Atlas Lions responded almost immediately. At 9′, also a free kick, defender Ashraf Dari Place a temporary equalizer on the scoreboard, at the edge of the small area.
The Croatian team dominated possession of the ball, without glorifying the opponent’s tight defense, until about the 35th minute, until the Moroccan team woke up, which seemed unsafe. The Red and Green have made several entrants with their speciality; Quick shots on the flanks, but they entered the break at a disadvantage.
They ran 41 minutes when Morocco appeared to cut the backfield, however Croatia continued to insist close to the area. Mislav Orsik He just appeared on the left and, when everyone was expecting a cross, hooked the ball straight into the corner with a subtle, pumped shot to the far post.
The second half was mostly for the African representativewhich faced the Balkan withdrawal without being able to end its advance in a good way. Youssef En-Nesyri had the bigger of two chances to force extra timeFinding Great response from goalkeeper Dominik Levakovic (74′) and raised a very small percentage in the last half of the match (90 + 6′).
in this way, Croatia reached bronze at the World Cup – their second-best performance as runner-up at Russia 2018 – and equaled their historic run at France 1998.which was also his first appearance in the competition after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992.
Morocco also scored a milestone with its fourth place, being the most prominent participation of Africa in the Kawakeb event. Previously, only CAF qualifiers reached the quarter-finals: Cameroon (Italy 1990), Senegal (Korea and Japan 2002) and Ghana (South Africa 2010).
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