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World Cup 2022: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – 2018 runners-up held in Qatar opener

Croatia, runners-up 4 years in the past, began their World Cup marketing campaign with a goalless draw towards a well-drilled Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium.

Only 4 gamers from their last defeat by France in 2018 began this sport they usually lacked an attacking spark all through, however got here closest via Nikola Vlasic’s toe-poked effort.

Morocco have been spectacular, however did not create clear-cut alternatives.

Belgium play Canada within the different Group F sport at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Croatia, who’re twelfth in Fifa’s world rankings, dominated possession as anticipated, however they have been unable to create alternatives or break down Morocco, who’ve solely misplaced two of their previous 40 video games throughout three years.

The finest likelihood of a match that had solely two pictures on the right track from both sides got here in first-half stoppage time, when a left-wing cross was diverted in direction of aim by Vlasic, however the midfielder on mortgage at Torino from West Ham was denied by the best leg of Yassine Bounou, who unfold himself to shut down the angle.

Morocco, who’re ranked twenty second, got here closest when Noussair Mazraoui adopted in a deflected shot and noticed a back-post header saved.

Paris St-Germain full-back Achraf Hakimi additionally examined Dominik Livakovic, however the Croatia keeper dealt together with his dipping, swerving 35-yard strike with ease.

It was a sport largely performed within the center third of the pitch, with either side probably cautious of dropping and damaging their possibilities of progressing to the knockout levels from a bunch that additionally accommodates Belgium and Canada.

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The goalless draw is the third of this World Cup, after Denmark’s opener towards Tunisia and Poland v Mexico on Tuesday. There was just one in your complete 2018 event in Russia.

Croatia will play Canada of their subsequent match on Sunday (16:00 GMT kick-off), whereas Morocco face Belgium on the identical day (13:00).

Player of the match

HakimiAchraf Hakimi

Morocco

  1. Squad quantity2Player titleHakimi

  2. Squad quantity7Player titleZiyech

  3. Squad quantity3Player titleMazraoui

  4. Squad quantity19Player titleEn-Nesyri

  5. Squad quantity6Player titleSaïss

  6. Squad quantity4Player titleS Amrabat

  7. Squad quantity5Player titleAguerd

  8. Squad quantity25Player titleAttiat-Allah

  9. Squad quantity9Player titleHamdallah

  10. Squad quantity11Player titleSabiri

  11. Squad quantity15Player titleAmallah

  12. Squad quantity16Player titleEzzalzouli

  13. Squad quantity8Player titleOunahi

  14. Squad quantity17Player titleBoufal

  15. Squad quantity1Player titleBono

Croatia

  1. Squad quantity10Player titleModric

  2. Squad quantity4Player titlePerisic

  3. Squad quantity22Player titleJuranovic

  4. Squad quantity8Player titleKovacic

  5. Squad quantity9Player titleKramaric

  6. Squad quantity20Player titleGvardiol

  7. Squad quantity11Player titleBrozovic

  8. Squad quantity1Player titleLivakovic

  9. Squad quantity13Player titleVlasic

  10. Squad quantity6Player titleLovren

  11. Squad quantity19Player titleSosa

  12. Squad quantity15Player titlePasalic

  13. Squad quantity7Player titleMajer

  14. Squad quantity18Player titleOrsic

  15. Squad quantity14Player titleLivaja

Line-ups

Morocco

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bono
  • 2Hakimi
  • 5Aguerd
  • 6Saïss
  • 3MazraouiSubstituted forAttiat-Allahat 60′minutes
  • 8OunahiSubstituted forSabiriat 82′minutes
  • 4S AmrabatBooked at 78mins
  • 15Amallah
  • 7Ziyech
  • 19En-NesyriSubstituted forHamdallahat 81′minutes
  • 17BoufalSubstituted forEzzalzouliat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hamdallah
  • 10Zaroury
  • 11Sabiri
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Chair
  • 14Aboukhlal
  • 16Ezzalzouli
  • 18El Yamiq
  • 20Dari
  • 21Cheddira
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23El Khannouss
  • 24Benoun
  • 25Attiat-Allah
  • 26Jabrane

Croatia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Livakovic
  • 22Juranovic
  • 6Lovren
  • 20Gvardiol
  • 19Sosa
  • 10Modric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 79′minutes
  • 13VlasicSubstituted forPasalicat 45′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forLivajaat 71′minutes
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forOrsicat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Stanisic
  • 3Barisic
  • 5Erlic
  • 7Majer
  • 12Grbic
  • 14Livaja
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Petkovic
  • 17Budimir
  • 18Orsic
  • 21Vida
  • 23Ivusic
  • 24Sutalo
  • 25Sucic
  • 26Jakic

Referee:
Fernando Rapallini

Attendance:
59,407

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