Croatia fell wanting a surprising, second straight run to the World Cup last this week, whereas final underdogs Morocco additionally ran out of magic within the semi-finals. Now, the nations meet within the third-place play-off.
Croatia, runners-up to France at Russia 2018, had been outplayed in a 3-0 defeat by Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Tuesday, earlier than Wednesday noticed Morocco overwhelmed 2-0 by the defending champions.
Nevertheless, Morocco have secured their place in historical past because the World Cup’s first ever African semi-finalists, they usually nonetheless have the prospect to spherical out their Qatar marketing campaign with a win.
Croatia, nevertheless, will be out to complete on a constructive observe themselves, three weeks after drawing 0-0 with the Atlas Lions within the group stage.
Here’s all it is advisable to know.
When is it?
The third-place play-off will kick off at 3pm GMT (6pm native time) on Saturday 17 December.
The fixture is about to happen at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.
How can I watch it?
Croatia vs Morocco will air dwell on BBC One within the UK, and it will stream dwell on the broadcaster’s iPlayer web site and app.
What is the group information?
Marcelo Brozovic was pressured off as a consequence of damage throughout Croatia’s conflict with Argentina, and the midfielder is an damage doubt right here. The similar may be mentioned of centre again Josep Gvardiol, who was not at full well being for that fixture and could also be rested right here to keep away from additional damage.
For Morocco, three gamers had been risked within the loss to France regardless of doubts over their health, although Nayef Aguerd really dropped out simply earlier than kick-off, and fellow defenders Romain Saiss and Noussair Mazraoui couldn’t full the sport. As such, all three are anticipated to overlook out right here.
Croatia XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Sutalo, Sosa; Modric, Jakic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic
Morocco XI: Bounou; Hakimi, El-Yamiq, Dari, Attiyat Allah; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Croatia – 11/8
Morocco – 2/1
Draw – 12/5
As good as Morocco had been towards France, they appeared about 30 per cent off their greatest as a consequence of a mixture of fatigue and accidents. Furthermore, a near-full energy Croatia facet will have had an additional day to get better from their semi-final by the point this sport takes place. Unfortunately for followers of the last word underdogs, Morocco may simply have used up all of their magic at this event. Croatia 1-0 Morocco.