Croatia overcame Morocco to finish third at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Croatia, runner-up in the 2018 Russian tournament, won 2-1 in the 3rd and 4th place match held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 18th. With this, Croatia succeeded in winning two consecutive tournaments, for the third time in its career.
The two teams, who drew 0-0 in the first match of Group F in the group stage, exchanged goals each within 10 minutes of kick-off. In the 7th minute of the first half, in the situation of Croatia’s free kick, Ivan Perisic (Tottenham)’s header pass was connected by Yoshko Gbardiol (Leipzig) with a diving header to score the opening goal.
Morocco equalized two minutes later after a misplay by Croatia. In the 9th minute of the first half, Hakim Ziyasi (Chelsea) took a free kick from the right, and Mayer (Rennes) headed it with a Croatian lob. was
The one who broke the tight balance was Mislav Orsic 안전놀이터 (Zagreb), who played in the K-League under the registered name ‘Orsha’ in the past. Orsic scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute with a right-footed kick from the left side of the penalty area. Morocco goalkeeper Yasin Bunu (Sevilla) threw himself, but the shot hit the right post and headed into the goal.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (37, Real Madrid), who won Ballon d’Or in 2018, splendidly completed the World Cup challenge, which is likely to be his last.
Morocco, which became the first African/Arabic team to advance to the semifinals and played an active role as the ‘protagonist’ of this tournament held in an Arab country for the first time in history, had to be content with 4th place. Morocco this year is the third non-European/South American team to reach the semifinals of the World Cup, following Korea in 2002, in 20 years.