Croatia vs Morocco live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 third place match

Croatia vs Morocco live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 third place match

A bronze medal and a spot on the World Cup podium is on the line when Croatia and Morocco meet in the 2022 FIFA World Cup third-place match between the two semifinal losers.

Morocco are the first African side to reach this stage of the competition and will hope to give their thousands of travelling fans something to celebrate, while Croatia are aiming for a top-three finish for the third time in their past six World Cup tournaments.

Both teams faced off previously in this competition when they locked horns in their Group F opener, finishing 0-0 with few opportunities on either end. Here they are five matches later having both advanced to the semis on the strength of rock solid defending. The goalkeepers have played a big part in it with Yassine Bounou and Dominik Livakovic in contention for the Golden Glove awarded to the best keeper in the tournament.

Morocco won Group F and proceeded to knock out Spain on penalties and Portugal before losing to France in the semis 2-0. Croatia needed to survive penalty shootouts against Japan and Brazil before succumbing to Lionel Messi and Argentina 3-0

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Croatia vs Morocco score

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Projected lineups:

Croatia (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 2. Stanisic, 5. Erlic, 20. Gvardiol, 3. Barisic — 10. Modric, 7. Majer, 8. Kovacic — 9. Kramaric, 16. Petkovic, 4. Perisic

Morocco (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Bono (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 20. Dari, 18. El Yamiq, 25. Attiat-Allah — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah — 7. Ziyech, 21. Cheddira, 17. Boufal

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Croatia vs Morocco live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup

2hrs from kickoff: This will be the final game of the tournament at the Khalifa International Stadium. The first saw England beat Iran 6-2. Wouldn’t mind another eight-goal thriller, if I’m being honest.

2hrs 20 mins from kickoff: We’ll get one last outing from some of the stars of the tournament in this game. And that might include Sofiane Boufal’s mum, depending on how the result goes.

2 hrs 40 mins from kickoff: Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez is on press conference duty ahead of the big one tomorrow. “It’s crazy to be in the world final,” he said. “We started losing to Saudi Arabia, but we improved game by game.” Crazy is the word. World Cups can bend your perception of space and time in most circumstances, but it feels like an incredible amount of time has passed since that shock opener for Lionel Messi and his teammates. The date stamp on the tweet below suggests just 25 days. I’ll never believe it!

3 hrs from kickoff: As this World Cup takes place amid the holiday season, it occurs that the third-place playoff can feel like the football equivalent of a cold turkey sandwich when you’re already more than full. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. With the shackles off, the players on display can produce some special moments. Take this obscene goal from Nelinho for Brazil against Italy in the 1978 bronze medal game as the most emphatic example.

3 hrs 45 from kickoff: We only have to rewind to day four in Qatar for an indication of how today’s match could play-out. Morocco versus Croatia is the only fixture to be played twice at this World Cup. They kicked off Group F with a 0-0 draw that saw Croatia control possession but struggle in the final third against the well-organised Moroccans.

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4 hrs from kickoff: Although no longer fighting for the World Cup, Moroccan motivation will remain. This afternoon, a new benchmark will be set for African nations on football’s biggest stage. Before Walid Regragui and his team arrived, quarterfinals were the maximum. Finishing in third place would be yet another hugely significant moment for the game in Africa.

Badr Benoun of Morocco celebrates vs Portugal at World Cup

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4 hrs 15 mins from kickoff: One of Morocco’s leading lights throughout their incredible World Cup journey has been midfielder Sofyan Ambrabat. The Fiorentina star has attracted the attention of some top clubs for his performances in Qatar. The Atlas Lions’ No.4 is expected to start.

4 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: All eyes will be on Croatia captain Luka Modric who at 37 is expected to be playing in his final World Cup match against Morocco.

4 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: The Moroccan media has its pulse on the fan sentiment as DM Sport runs with the “Go even bigger” headline in a reference to the third-place spot on the line:

5 hrs from kickoff: It’ll be an all-Qatar officiating crew for the match::

Croatia vs Morocco lineups, team news

How many changes will manager Zlatko Dalic make for this match? According to the Croatian press, impressive right-back Josip Juranovic will not play due to a knock and Bayern Munich right-back Josip Stanisic should take his place. Rangers left-back Borna Barisic will likely fill in for Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa. The central defenders are also struggling at this stage, and Martin Erlic or Josip Sutalo could receive minutes.

Midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is reportedly injured which could mean Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic team up to play in a deeper role, leaving Lovro Majer as the lone attacking midfielder. With Nikola Vlasic out sick, Atalanta’s Mario Pasalic could get another start wide right, or Andrej Kramaric can play out wide, leaving Bruno Petkovic to handle center-forward duties. 

Croatia lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 2. Stanisic, 5. Erlic, 20. Gvardiol, 3. Barisic — 10. Modric, 7. Majer, 8. Kovacic — 9. Kramaric, 16. Petkovic, 4. Perisic

It remains to be seen whether Morocco manager Walid Regragui will give the backups their time in the sun, but the Atlas Lions already have defensive injuries to deal with after captain Romain Saiss, Nayef Aguerd, and left-back Noussair Mazraoui were all forced out against France, with West Ham’s Aguerd withdrawing after the warmup. They are expected to be unavailable against Croatia.

Forward Youssef En-Nesyri also has a knock and could sit out, leaving the door open for veteran Abderrazak Hamdallah, who looked out of his depth against France, or the younger Walid Cheddira. If wingers Sofiane Boufal and Hakim Ziyech are given a breather, then Zakaria Aboukhlal and birthday boy Abde Ezzalzouli could see time.

Morocco (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Bono (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 20. Dari, 18. El Yamiq, 25. Attiat-Allah — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah — 7. Ziyech, 21-Cheddira, 17. Boufal

Croatia vs Morocco live stream, TV channel

The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup third-place match will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium, as a warmup to the final 24 hours later.

Here’s how you can watch all the action in some of the major global territories.

 DateTimeTV ChannelStreaming
USASat, Dec. 1710:00 ETFox,
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
CanadaSat, Dec. 1710:00 ETTSN 1, RDS (French)TSN site/app,
RDS app
UKSat, Dec. 1715:00 GMTBBC OneBBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
AustraliaSun, Dec. 1802:00 AEDTSBSSBS On Demand
IndiaSat, Dec. 1720:30 ISTSports 18, MTV HD (Hindi)JioTV
Hong KongSat, Dec. 1723:00 HKTNow TV (Ch. 616, 618)Now TV
MalaysiaSat, Dec. 1723:00 MYTRTM TV2, Astro FIFA World Cup 1Astro GO, RTMKlik
SingaporeSat, Dec. 1723:00 SGTStarHub TV FIFA World Cup, Singtel FIFA World Cup 141Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch
New ZealandSun, Dec. 1804:00 NZDTSky Sport 7 beIN SportsSky Go, Sky Sport NOW