FIFA World Cup 2022 Third/Fourth Place Finals - Croatia vs Morocco
Dec 16,2022 | DOSFARM
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The African powerhouse Morocco will face Croatia at the Gulf Stadium. This is the first group match of Group F of the World Cup in Qatar. Can the old Croatia play the beautiful "Croatian Rhapsody" again in distant Qatar?
Morocco is a well-known strong team in Africa. They are currently ranked 22nd in the world. The team's worth is as high as 241.1 million euros. Among them, the most valuable player is the full-back Ashraf who plays for the French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Morocco became the first national team to be eliminated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with 2 losses and 1 draw. Now the African powerhouse that is making a comeback has achieved 5 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss in the last 7 games, and has 6 consecutive unbeaten results. Lost to the United States in a friendly before the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. In these 6 unbeaten games, Morocco has completed 5 clean sheets, and the number of goals in each game has reached more than 2 goals, and there are many South American powerhouses like Chile.
The strength of Morocco's lineup is second to none in North Africa, but their former coach Harry Hodzic led the team to the Qatar World Cup finals, due to conflicts with the big players in the Moroccan team Ziyech, Mazraoui, and others. After being sacked by the Moroccan Football Federation in August, the 46-year-old coach Reglagui took over.
The arrival of the new coach has not changed the pure football in Morocco. They have outstanding players in every position and are quite famous in the five major leagues, such as Ashraf, Ziyech, Mazraoui, and others. Their style of play that emphasizes physical confrontation has made Morocco a tough nut to crack in the World Series.
"Plaid Legion" Croatia made it to the final in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and finally lost to the strong French team in the final.
In the last 7 games, Croatia played a total of 1 friendly match and 6 Europa League games. Among them, they achieved 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss in the Europa League games, and finally defeated Austria with a score of 3-1 to advance to the Europa League. finals. 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in a friendly. Although Saudi Arabia is only ranked 51st in the world rankings, their 2-1 surprise reversal in the first round of the World Cup group stage won the favorite Argentina, which proves that Saudi Arabia is not an easy opponent to defeat.
At present, Croatia is in a critical period of transition from old to new, but due to the lack of new star players, the "Magic Flute" Modric, who is close to 38 years old, still sticks to the national team. The heroes of the last World Cup, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Rebic, and others have all left the national team. Today's old Croatia must do better overall in order to compete with strong opponents.
The problem of lack of success in the lineup of the Plaid Legion is very serious. The five players on the front line are all around 30 years old, and the core players in the midfield are all veterans of the last World Cup, Modric, Perisic, Brozovic, and others. The same is true in the game. The 33-year-old Vida and Lovren are still playing in the team.
The two teams have only played against each other once in history, and they have to go back to 1996 when Morocco and Croatia played a friendly match. At that time, the two sides fought to a tie in 90 minutes. In the end, Croatia won 7-6 in the penalty shootout. Morocco.
Facing the aggressive North African team, the grid team with a seriously aging lineup must rely on a more tenacious fighting will and a more overall football to win the game. Experienced Croatia will still be better in the game. This game predicts that Croatia will defeat Morocco for the first time.