That is Croatia’s first World Cup match since dropping the ultimate to France in 2018, whereas Morocco’s final WC win was in 1998.
Who: Morocco v Croatia, Group F
The place: Al Bayt Stadium
When: Wednesday, November 23, 10am (07:00 GMT)
Face to face: Croatia 7-6 Morocco (penalties)
That is the primary encounter between Morocco and Croatia at a World Cup.
The groups met as soon as earlier than in December 1996 in a pleasant Hasan II Trophy event in Casablanca.
The sport ended 7-6 in favour of the Croatians on penalties. It additionally noticed three crimson playing cards handed out.
Ranked twenty second, Morocco, led by Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech, head into this competitors on a five-match unbeaten streak. Nonetheless, the final time the Atlas Lions received a World Cup match was in 1998, a 3-0 win over Scotland.
And despite this being their sixth look at a World Cup, Morocco final progressed past the group levels in 1986, the place they have been ultimately overwhelmed by Germany 1-0 within the spherical of 16.
The workforce is hoping to make its mark in Qatar, boosted by the return of Ziyech who introduced his worldwide retirement in February 2022 after falling out with former coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
For Croatia, this would be the first World Cup fixture since dropping to France within the ultimate 4 years in the past.
The Checkered Ones crashed out of the Euro 2020 last-16 after dropping to Spain 5-3, however have received 15 out of the final 16 video games.
They might want to depend on Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic to provide them much more in assault if they’re to have a deep run. Veteran Luka Modric will take up his place in midfield with Mateo Kovacic.
Croatia received their two FIFA World Cup video games towards African opposition with an combination of 6-0 (4-0 towards Cameroon in 2014 and 2-0 towards Nigeria in 2018).
Whereas Belgium sees itself as popping out on high of Group F, there’s loads of potential for Croatia and Morocco to make it to the following spherical.