The third-place match at the 2022 World Cup got off to a bang.
Without a championship on the line, Croatia and Morocco faced off Saturday night in Qatar, and the two teams did not disappoint as Croatia won the third-place match, 2-1.
Croatia, which failed to reach the World Cup Final in back-to-back tournaments after losing to Argentina in the semifinal, quickly got on the board.
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In the 7th minute, Josko Gvardiol scored on a header to put Croatia up 1-0.
The lead did not last for long as Morocco quickly evened the score at a goal apiece with a goal by Achraf Dari in the 9th minute.
The first-half fireworks didn’t end there, as Croatia took a 2-1 lead into halftime with a goal by Mislav Orsic in the 42nd minute.
The second half was a defensive struggle, as neither team was able to put the ball into the back of the net.
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Croatia finished the game with 12 shots (four on goal) while Morocco managed two shots on goal in 90 minutes and extra time.
The third-place match ends Morocco’s miraculous run at the 2022 World Cup, as they became the first African nation to reach the semifinal round.
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Morocco was led by its defense throughout its World Cup run, allowing just one goal before the semifinals when it allowed two goals in a loss to France.
It was a rematch of the first game of the World Cup for both teams, as Croatia and Morocco played to a 0-0 draw in the group stage.
Croatia last finished in third-place at the 1998 World Cup.