FIFA World Cup 2022 Croatia vs Morocco Third Place Match prediction, time, live-streaming details

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Croatia will play their second match for third place in the World Cup while Morocco will play their first match tonight.

Observation

In 1998, Croatia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time, they finished in third place. Last time, they were runners-up – which just goes to show how dangerous they are as a team once they get past the group stages. On the other hand, Morocco has already created history by becoming the first African country to enter the semi-finals. Tonight, they will get another chance to create history by becoming the first African country to finish third.

teams

Croatia

Croatia were completely overwhelmed by Lionel Messi-led Argentina in the semi-finals, although they made a strong start. Zlatko Dalić’s team reached the semi-finals without managing to win in normal time in the knockout stages. They defeated Japan in the round of 16 and Brazil in the quarterfinals, both on penalty shoot-outs. It clearly shows that Luka Modric’s team has 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 displayed its prowess in extra time and penalty shootouts, will not be pleased to learn that the third-place match has never been decided on penalty kicks.

Morocco

Following their victories on penalties over Belgium and Spain in Qatar 2022, Portugal were their next victim from Europe in the quarter-finals – thanks to a committed second-half effort from the Atlas Lions. Despite valiant efforts from Morocco against France, the defending champions managed to score twice to defeat their African opposition. The Moroccan supporters will continue to support their team as strongly as they have throughout the tournament – giving Walid Regragui’s side a near home advantage.

face to face

Croatia and Morocco have already played against each other in this tournament. The encounter in the group stages ended in a goalless draw. Earlier in 1996, there was a face-to-face between these two teams. That match also ended in a 2-2 draw.

Key Players

Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech have been impressive for Morocco and will play a key role in this match as well. Luka Modric will make his mark in the final World Cup match of his career for Croatia.

date, time and place

Croatia vs Morocco match will be played on December 17 at 08:30 PM (IST) at the Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

live-streaming details

The Croatia vs Morocco match will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India and both Jio Cinema’s app and website will offer free live streaming of the event.

forecast

Morocco will make history again tonight by winning 2-0.

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