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FIFA World Cup 2022, Croatia vs Morocco Highlights: Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in the third-place playoff of the World Cup on Saturday as Mislav Orsic scored the winner with a brilliant bending strike. Josko Gvardiol put Croatia ahead with a superb header in the seventh minute but Achraf Dari equalised two minutes later before Orsic sealed victory for 2018 runners-up Croatia. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made five changes from the team beaten 3-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals, bringing Lovro Majer into the midfield in place of Marcelo Brozovic. Hakim Ziyech is captaining Morocco, with Romain Saiss among the substitutes after injury forced him off early in the 2-0 semi-final loss to France. (Matchcentre)

Here are the Highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Football Match between Croatia and Morocco straight from the Khalifa International Stadium:







  • 22:27 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Thank You

    That’s it for today guys. Please do join us tomorrow for the live coverage of the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 between Argentina and France.

  • 22:24 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Croatia defeat Morocco

    Croatia defeat Morocco 2-1 in the third place playoff match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, at the Lusail Stadium on Saturday. Josko Gvardiol and Mislav Orsic scored for Croatia while Achraf Dari smashed one goal for Morocco. With this win, Croatia have claimed the third place in the FIFA World Cup 2022 while Morocco bow out with the fourth spot.

  • 22:24 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Good save from Livakovic

    Morocco’s Yahya Attiat-Allah delivers a good cross into the opponent’s box but goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic makes a brilliant effort and denies Morocco their second goal.

  • 22:19 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: 6 mins of stoppage time

    The stoppage time for the third place playoff match between Croatia and Morocco is 6 minutes. Croatia are on the verge of claiming the third spot in FIFA World Cup 2022 as they lead by 2-1.

  • 22:16 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Mateo Kovacic fails to convert

    Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic receives a brilliant pass from Mislav Orsic and unleashes a shot towards the goal. However, the ball goes wide of the right post and Croatia fail to score their third goal.

  • 22:13 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Yellow card for Selim Amallah

    Morocco’s Selim Amallah has been shown a yellow card by referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim as he forcefully brings down an opponent while trying to snatch the ball. Croatia still leading by 2-1.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Unlucky Josko Gvardiol

    Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol comes really close to score a goal but he faces a rough tackle and goes down. However, referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim refuses to take appeal and the games goes on.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Unlucky Josko Gvardiol

    Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol comes really close to score a goal but he faces a rough tackle and goes down. However, referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim refuses to take appeal and the games goes on.

  • 21:59 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Yellow card for Azzedine Ounahi

    Referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim wastes no time and shows a yellow card to Azzedine Ounahi as he commits a rough tackle on the field while trying to snatch the ball.

  • 21:56 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Croatia make changes

    Croatia have decided to make certain changes in their lineup as they replace Lovro Majer with Mario Pasalic. Apart from him, Marko Livaja is replaced by Bruno Petkovic. Croatia have taken 2-1 lead over Morocco.

  • 21:49 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Andrej Kramaric picks up an injury

    Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric is screaming in pain after he picks up an injury during a tackle. He now gets replaced by Nikola Vlasic in Croatia’s lineup for the rest of the game.

  • 21:45 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Morocco make changes

    As they trail by 2-1, Morocco make some changes in the lineup. Bilal El gets replaced by Khannous Azzedine Ounahi for the rest of the game.

  • 21:42 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Good defence from Croatia

    Morocco’s Youssef En Nesyri dribbles the ball into the opponent’s box but fails to cross a defender and misses his chance of giving his side their second breakthrough of the night.

  • 21:38 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Mislav Orsic fails again

    Croatia’s Mislav Orsic receives a good pass from Ivan Perisic but fails to capitalize on it as he produces a shot towards the target which goes wide of the right post. Croatia fail to score their third goal.

  • 21:33 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: We are back underway

    Hello and welcome back to the second-half of the third place playoff match between Croatia and Morocco. Croatia have taken 2-1 lead over Morocco and the Achraf Hakimi side really need to buckle up in order to win the game.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Half-time

    This marks the end of the first-half of the third place playoff match between Croatia and Morocco. Croatia clearly dominated the proceedings so far and they have taken 2-1 lead over Croatia. Mislav Orsic and Josko Gvardiol scored for Croatia while Achraf Dari scored for Morocco.

  • 21:14 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: GOAL

    GOAL!!! Mislav Orsic finally manages to put the ball into the nets and gives Croatia their second breakthrough of the night. He gets a brilliant pass from Marko Livaja and fights his way out from a defender and hits the target.

    Live Score CRO 2: MAR 1 (42″)

  • 21:09 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: No goal for Morocco

    Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal receives a good pass from Bilal El Khannous and unleashes a shot towards the target. However, the ball flies high over the goal post and Morocco lose another chance to take a lead.

  • 21:02 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Achraf Hakimi fails to convert

    Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi brilliantly dodges all the defenders in the opponent’s area and delivers a pass towards the Youssef En Nesyri. However, the ball has too much pass and Youssef En Nesyri fails to connect with it.

  • 20:56 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Luka Modric misses the target

    What a miss from Luka Modric! Croatia miss out on another opportunity to take a lead as Modric delivers a good shot from the edge of the box towards the middle of the goal but goalkeeper Dominic Livakovic easily stops the coming threat.

  • 20:53 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Good save from Yassine Bounou

    Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric easily enters the opponent’s box dribbles the ball. He unleashes a good shot towards the goal but his effort goes in vain as goalkeeper Yassine Bounou makes a brilliant save and deny Croatia another goal.

  • 20:46 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Josip Stanisic fails to convert

    Croatia’s Josip Stanisic receives a low pass and fires a shot from inside the box. Unfortunately, the shot lacks power and it goes straight into the crowd. Croatia miss out on good opportunity to take the lead.

  • 20:43 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: GOAL

    What a moment it is!!! Achraf Dari receives the ball and unleashes a brilliant header towards the goal as Morocco equalizes with Croatia within few minutes. The ball goes straight into the right post, giving no chance to the goalkeeper.

    Live Score: CRO 1: MAR 1 (9)

  • 20:38 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: GOAL

    GOAL!!!! What a header from Josko Gvardiol. Croatia get an early breakthrough as Josko Gvardiol perfectly unleashes a header towards the target, which dodges the goalkeeper and gets placed into the nets. Croatia take 1-0 lead over Morocco.

    Live Score: CRO 1: MAR 0 (7″)

  • 20:32 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: We are underway

    The third place playoff match between Croatia and Morocco begins at the Lusail Stadium. Croatia have taken the kick-off.

  • 20:21 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Hakim Ziyech to lead Morocco

    Hakim Ziyech captains Morocco, with Romain Saiss among the substitutes after injury forced him off early in the 2-0 semi-final loss to France.

  • 20:21 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Five changes for Croatia

    Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made five changes from the team beaten 3-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals, bringing Lovro Majer into the midfield in place of Marcelo Brozovic.

  • 20:10 (IST)

    FIFA WC LIVE: Luka Modric earns his 162nd cap for Croatia

    Luka Modric earns his 162nd cap as he starts for Croatia in Saturday’s World Cup third-place play-off against Morocco at the Khalifa International Stadium.

  • 19:43 (IST)

    FIFA WC Live: Croatia Starting XI

    Croatia (3-5-2) – Dominik Livakovic; Josip Stanisic, Josko Gvardiol, Josip Sutalo; Mislav Orsic, Lovro Majer, Luka Modric (capt), Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Perisic; Marko Livaja, Andrej Kramaric; Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)

  • 19:42 (IST)

    FIFA WC: Morocco Starting XI

    Morocco (4-1-2-3) – Yassine Bounou; Achraf Hakimi, Achraf Dari, Jawad El Yamiq, Yahya Attiat Allah; Sofyan Amrabat; Abdelhamid Sabiri, Bilal El Khannouss; Hakim Ziyech (capt), Youssef En Nesyri, Sofiane Boufal; Coach: Walid Regragui (MAR)

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Hello and welcome!

    Croatia and Morocco will be playing their last match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup today in the third place playoff!

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