FIFA World Cup 2022 : Croatia vs Morocco Third Place Match time, live-streaming details. Croatia will play the match for the second third place at the World Cup, while Morocco will play tonight.
The very first time Croatia participated in the FIFA World Cup in 1998, they finished third. They were second last time out – which just goes to show how dangerous they are as a team once they get through the group stages. On the other hand, Morocco has already made history by becoming the first African country to enter the semi-finals. Tonight they get another chance to make history by becoming the first African country to finish third.
Croatia were completely outclassed by Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the semi-finals, despite starting relatively strongly. Zlatko Dalič’s team advanced to the semi-finals without being able to win in normal time in the elimination part. They defeated Japan in the round of 16 and Brazil in the quarter-finals, both by penalty shoot-out. This simply shows that Luka Modric’s team failed to score enough goals in this tournament, the only exception being the match against Canada, which they won 4-1. Croatia, a team that has often shown its prowess in extra time and penalty shootouts, will not be happy to learn that the third place match has never been decided by penalty kicks.
Following their penalties wins over Belgium and Spain at Qatar 2022, Portugal became their next victim from Europe in the quarter-finals – thanks to a second-half effort from the Atlas Lions. Despite a valiant effort from Morocco against France, the defending champions managed to score twice to defeat their African opposition. Morocco supporters will continue to support their team as strongly as they have throughout the tournament, giving Walid Regragui’s side the advantage close to home.
Croatia and Morocco have already played against each other in this tournament. The match in the group ended in a goalless draw. The two teams had previously met once in 1996. That match too ended in a 2-2 draw.
Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech have been impressive for Morocco and will play a key role in this match as well. For Croatia, Luka Modric will leave his mark in the last World Cup match of his career.
Date, Time & Venue
FIFA World Cup 2022: The Croatia vs Morocco match will be played on December 17 at 8:30 PM (IST) at the Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.