|Croatia vs Morocco Highlights: Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 to clinch third spot in Qatar | Football News|
This is the third prime three end for Croatia, who additionally got here third within the 1998 version, beating the Netherlands with the same scoreline of 2-1.
As it happened: Croatia vs Morocco
The third place play-off at Khalifa International stadium began with a flurry of targets as Croatia took the lead within the seventh minute. Josko Gvardiol scored the opening objective with a surprising header after a brilliantly executed set-piece play. But it took Morocco lower than two minutes to degree the rating when Achraf Dar netted the equaliser within the ninth minute.
Croatia’s winner got here within the forty second minute when Mislav Orsic scored an outstanding objective simply earlier than the half-time break. The 2018 runners-up held on to the lead in an thrilling second half, which noticed each side creating a few good possibilities for themselves.
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A bronze medal might have served as nothing greater than comfort after each side endured disappointment within the semi-finals, however Croatia and Morocco appeared desperate to make amends after shedding to Argentina and France respectively.
Moroccan followers have turned up in large numbers to assist their crew in Qatar and Saturday was no completely different as they jeered the Croatian gamers at any time when they’d possession, their whistles echoing contained in the packed Khalifa International Stadium.
That didn’t deter Croatia, nevertheless, who began the sport on the entrance foot and took the lead within the seventh minute via a cleverly labored set-piece.
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A cross floated into the field discovered Ivan Perisic who expertly headed the ball into the combination the place the masked Gvardiol bravely dived in for the header to silence the Moroccan contingent, albeit briefly.
Two minutes later, Morocco responded on the different finish with a set piece of their very own when a cross got here off Lovro Majer’s head and looped into the field the place an unmarked Dari beat the keeper with a header.
Emboldened by the equaliser, Morocco started to search out chinks within the Croatian defence, with their motion and passing serving to to create a number of possibilities. But the African aspect lacked the killer intuition in entrance of objective.
Croatia duly punished them within the forty second minute when an interception within the closing third discovered Orsic, whose curling shot arched superbly from a decent angle previous the outstretched arm of Yassine Bounou earlier than getting in off the publish.
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The second half was not as quick or feisty as the primary as exhaustion after a protracted match appeared to have caught up with each groups, taking part in their seventh recreation in Qatar.
Croatia additionally felt arduous performed by when Gvardiol appeared to have been tripped within the field by Sofyan Amrabat – now taking part in in defence with their centre backs injured – however the referee refused to award a penalty.
Youssef En-Nesyri got here shut when he headed over in stoppage time however regardless of Morocco’s finest efforts to search out an equaliser, Croatia held on for victory and the bronze, matching the feat of their heroes from 1998 who additionally completed third.
(With inputs from companies)