2018 runners-up Croatia at the hands of Morocco

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Croatia, runners-up four years ago, began their World Cup campaign with a goalless draw against a well-drilled Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Just four players from their 2018 final defeat to France started this game and they lacked an attacking spark throughout, but they came closest thanks to Nikola Vlasic’s effort.

Morocco were impressive but did not create clear chances.

Belgium play Canada in the other Group F match at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Croatia, ranked 12th in the world by FIFA, dominated possession as expected but were unable to create chances or break down Morocco, who have lost just two of their last 40 games in three years.

The best chance in a game with just two shots on goal per side came in first-half stoppage time when Vlasic deflected a cross from the left at goal, but the midfielder, on loan from Torino from West Ham, to be denied by the right foot of Yassine Bounou, who stretched out to close the angle.

22nd-ranked Morocco went closest when Noussair Mazraoui followed up on a deflected shot and saw his header deflected wide.

Paris St-Germain full-back Achraf Hakimi also tested Dominik Livakovic, but the Croatia goalkeeper dealt with his fall and easily turned away a 35-yard strike.

It was a game played largely in the middle third of the pitch, with both sides potentially doomed to lose and damage their chances of progressing to the knockout stages of a group that also contains Belgium and Canada.

The goalless draw is the third of this World Cup, following Denmark’s opener against Tunisia and Poland against Mexico on Tuesday. There was just one in the entire 2018 tournament in Russia.

Croatia play Canada next Sunday (16:00 GMT), while Morocco face Belgium on the same day (13:00).

Player of the match

HakimiAchraf Hakimi

the morocco

  1. Template number2Player NameHakimi

  2. Template number7Player NameZiyech

  3. Template number3Player NameMazraoui

  4. Template number19Player NameEn-Nesyri

  5. Template number6Player Namecome out

  6. Template number4Player NameS Amrabat

  7. Template number5Player Namewait

  8. Template number25Player NameAttiat-Allah

  9. Template number9Player NameHamdallah

  10. Template number11Player Nameknow

  11. Template number15Player NameAmalah

  12. Template number16Player NameEzzalzouli

  13. Template number8Player NameOunahi

  14. Template number17Player NameBuffalo

  15. Template number1Player Namebonus


  1. Template number10Player NameModric

  2. Template number4Player NamePerisic

  3. Template number22Player NameJuranovic

  4. Template number8Player NameKovacic

  5. Template number9Player NameKramaric

  6. Template number20Player NameGuardiola

  7. Template number11Player NameBrozovic

  8. Template number1Player NameLivakovic

  9. Template number13Player NameVlasic

  10. Template number6Player NameLovren

  11. Template number19Player NameSosa

  12. Template number15Player NamePasalic

  13. Template number7Player Namemajor

  14. Template number18Player NameOrsic

  15. Template number14Player NameLivaja


the morocco

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1bonus
  • 2Hakimi
  • 5wait
  • 6come out
  • 3MazraouiReplaced byAttiat-Allahat 60′minutes
  • 8OunahiReplaced byknowat 82′minutes
  • 4S AmrabatBooked at 78 minutes
  • 15Amalah
  • 7Ziyech
  • 19En-NesyriReplaced byHamdallahat 81′minutes
  • 17BuffaloReplaced byEzzalzouliat 65′minutes


  • 9Hamdallah
  • 10Zaroury
  • 11know
  • 12Mohamed
  • 13chair
  • 14Abukhlal
  • 16Ezzalzouli
  • 18The Yamiq
  • 20Darius
  • 21Cheddar
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23The Khanouss
  • 24Benoun
  • 25Attiat-Allah
  • 26Jabrane


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Livakovic
  • 22Juranovic
  • 6Lovren
  • 20Guardiola
  • 19Sosa
  • 10Modric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8KovacicReplaced bymajorat 79′minutes
  • 13VlasicReplaced byPasalicat 45′minutes
  • 9KramaricReplaced byLivajaat 71′minutes
  • 4PerisicReplaced byOrsicat 90′minutes


  • 2Stanisic
  • 3Barisic
  • 5Erlic
  • 7major
  • 12grbic
  • 14Livaja
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Petkovic
  • 17Budimir
  • 18Orsic
  • 21life
  • 23ivusic
  • 24Sutalo
  • 25dirty
  • 26Jakic

Fernando Rapallini


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