FIFA World Cup
December 17, 2022, 9:00 pm
Croatia is going head to head with Morocco starting on 17 Dec 2022 at 15:00 UTC at Khalifa International Stadium stadium, Doha city, Qatar. The match is a part of the World Cup, Knockout stage.
Prior to his downright humiliation of a man 15 years his junior, Messi crashed home the opening goal of Argentina’s semi-final with Croatia from the penalty spot before Julian Alvarez’s solo run brought La Albiceleste their second, albeit with some slices of good fortune after a couple of ricochets.
There was nothing fortunate about Argentina’s third, as Messi rolled back the years on the right-hand side before picking out Alvarez to tap home Argentina’s third and deny Croatia a second successive appearance at a World Cup final – against 2018 foes France, no less.
Dalic’s side remarkably reached the 2018 final and the semi-finals of the 2022 edition without winning a knockout game in normal time, and they are not complete novices in bronze medal matches, having beaten the Netherlands 2-1 in the 1998 third-placed playoff during their inaugural World Cup campaign.
For a side who have consistently proven their prowess in extra time periods and penalty shootouts, Croatia will not be relieved to hear that the third-placed playoff has never been decided on spot kicks, and the uninhibited Morocco fanbase will no doubt continue to bang their drums to the maximum for one last ride.
Croatia possible starting lineup:
Morocco possible starting lineup: