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.
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).
- 3MazraouiSubstituted forAttiat-Allahat 60′minutes
- 8OunahiSubstituted forSabiriat 82′minutes
- 4S AmrabatBooked at 78mins
- 19En-NesyriSubstituted forHamdallahat 81′minutes
- 17BoufalSubstituted forEzzalzouliat 65′minutes
- 18El Yamiq
- 23El Khannouss
- 8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 79′minutes
- 13VlasicSubstituted forPasalicat 45′minutes
- 9KramaricSubstituted forLivajaat 71′minutes
- 4PerisicSubstituted forOrsicat 90′minutes
- Fernando Rapallini
Match ends, Morocco 0, Croatia 0.
Second Half ends, Morocco 0, Croatia 0.
Marko Livaja (Croatia) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Selim Amallah (Morocco).
Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Morocco).
Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Morocco).
Foul by Borna Sosa (Croatia).
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Croatia. Mislav Orsic replaces Ivan Perisic.
Josip Juranovic (Croatia) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Yahya Attiat-Allah (Morocco).
Substitution, Morocco. Abdelhamid Sabiri replaces Azzedine Ounahi.
Substitution, Morocco. Abderrazak Hamdallah replaces Youssef En-Nesyri.
Foul by Josko Gvardiol (Croatia).
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Hand ball by Selim Amallah (Morocco).
Substitution, Croatia. Lovro Majer replaces Mateo Kovacic.
Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
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