Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE weblog of the FIFA World Cup recreation between Croatia and Morocco.
Croatia assaults down the left, however nonetheless can’t get an honest sufficient cross contained in the field for its ahead to assault.
Croatia slows down its recreation with its defenders passing the ball within the again line. Morocco’s intense strain means the European facet fails to interrupt ahead.
Krmaric finds house down the left to cross the ball, however Bouno comes out of his line to get maintain off the excessive ball. Morocco’s defensive construction has kind of stood agency in opposition to Croatian assaults to this point.
Hakimi sprints to maintain the ball in play following a protracted ball. However he can’t put a cross in. En-Nesyri will get the ball inside and controls it nicely, however Lovren is on the proper place to stop a shot from the Moroccan ahead.
Modric concedes a freekick after fouling his former teammate Hakimi. It’s from a scoreable vary, however Ziyech smashes it straight into the wall. Croatia brings the ball ahead instantly and wins a nook. Modric with the nook, however he can’t clear the primary man.
Perisic grabs a unfastened ball from midfield, takes a step ahead and tries to smash it in from lengthy vary. Nevertheless it misses the publish, not by a lot. First actual shot for Croatia.
Hakimi is stepping into the sport. He tries to spiral a cross into the field from the precise, but it surely takes a deflection off a defender and Livakovic will get maintain of it.
Croatia loses possession below strain, however Morocco can’t make it rely. Ziyech loses possession cheaply down the precise and Croatia settles down on the ball once more.
Morocco will get its first assault of the sport. Selim Amallah couldn’t get the shot away after shedding his footing.
Croatia assaults down the left, however Saiss is fast to snuff out the assault. Croatia wins a nook and a melee ensues within the field, Morocco clears its strains.
Croatia in charge of the sport because it holds on to the possession for the opening stretch of the sport.
Modric’s Croatia begins its World Cup marketing campaign with a conflict in opposition to Morocco in a sunny day in Qatar and the sport kicks off.
Taking part in 11
Morocco: Bono; Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Croatia: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic
Croatia has received its final 5 matches and misplaced as soon as in 16 months, however the 2018 runners-up, led by midfield magican Luka Modric, will start its World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Morocco on Wednesday with little fanfare and few predicting glory.
That is the primary FIFA World Cup recreation between the 2 sides.
Croatia and Morocco have performed in opposition to one another solely as soon as. It was in 1996 and Croatia received in penalties after a 2-2 attract regular time.
Morocco has received solely one among its final 10 FIFA World Cup video games. The win coming in 1998 in opposition to Scotland.
Luka Modric will change into the primary participant ever to seem in each FIFA World Cup and European Championships in three completely different many years.
Ivan Perisic is Croatia’s prime objective contributors in main tournaments with 14 targets plus assists.
So unfancied is Zlatko Dalic’s facet, which went all the best way earlier than succumbing to France within the ultimate 4 years in the past, that bookmakers are providing 50-1 in opposition to it lifting the trophy this time round.
That’s longer odds than Denmark and in the identical ball park as Serbia, which might be how they prefer it.
“It’ll be onerous. But in addition it’s good that we perhaps don’t have a lot strain as a result of we did superb issues in Russia. However we nonetheless want and we nonetheless wish to obtain extra,” ahead Andrej Kramaric stated.
With the strain of expectation lifted off their shoulders, Dalic’s facet can go about its enterprise out of the limelight the place it can hope to proceed a wave of momentum main into the match.
It received its qualifying group conceding solely 4 targets with only one defeat and that got here of their opening recreation away to Slovenia in March 2021.
It additionally topped its Nations League group forward of World Cup holders France, Denmark and Austria, and head into the match on the again of a profitable streak that culminated in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia of their ultimate warm-up pleasant.
Whereas it might have misplaced a few of the main names from its 2018 run, corresponding to striker Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Ivan Rakitic, there isn’t a scarcity of expertise in its ranks, particularly in midfield.
Modric, the participant of the match in 2018, has one final shot at glory on the age of 37, and can line up in opposition to Morocco most likely a part of a formidable midfield trio alongside Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea.
Brozovic has shaken off a muscle tear and performed 70 minutes in opposition to the Saudis, allaying fears about his involvement on the match.
It is going to kick off its Group F marketing campaign at Al Bayt Stadium in opposition to a Morocco facet whose build-up was overshadowed amid controversy over their coach after they sacked Vahid Halilhodzic in August following a dispute about participant choice and changed him with Walid Regragui.
One of many gamers on the centre of that dispute, Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech, was excluded by Halilhodzic for disciplinary causes however recalled by Regragui regardless of solely beginning twice for his membership this season.
Morocco, who has appeared in 5 earlier World Cups, additionally suffered an harm blow when ahead Amine Harit was dominated out with a knee harm.
Croatia vs Morocco – Kick off, telecast and stay Streaming data
The place will the Croatia vs Morocco World Cup opening match kick-off?
Croatia vs Morocco match will kick-off on the Al Janoub Stadium.
When will Croatia vs Morocco World Cup opening match kick-off?
Croatia vs Morocco match will kick-off at 3:30pm IST on November 23, 2022.
The place are you able to watch Croatia vs Morocco match in India?
Croatia vs Morocco World Cup opening match can be telecasted stay on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and nicely as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup can be stay streamed on JioCinema.