Croatia and Morocco will play against each other in the FIFA World Cup 2022 third-place play-off on Saturday, December 17 at the Khalifa International Stadium. Both Croatia and Morocco lost their only match at the Qatar World Cup in the semifinals as Argentina defeated Croatia by 3-0 and France defeated Morocco by 2-0 to make their place into the finals.
In their group stage opening fixture, Croatia and Morocco played a draw as both teams failed to break the deadlock in the 90 minutes. Luka Modric-led Croatia will look to get the third place after finishing as the 2018 World Cup runners-up. On the other hand, Morocco became the first African nation to qualify for the World Cup semifinals and would like to make history against Croatia.
Date, kick-off time, and venue for Croatia vs Morocco
The World Cup third-place play-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm IST kick-off time on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Doha will host.
Where to watch Croatia vs Morocco?
TV channel: Sports 18
Streaming platforms: Jio T.V, Voot
Croatia vs Morocco prediction
After the disappointment of not reaching the final, teams can suffer something of a hangover. If any side has the experience to deal with that, it is surely Croatia as they are cold-blooded and don’t feel any pressure. Croatia will win the game by 2-1 against Morocco and their midfield will be the key factor in not allowing the African side to play their natural game, especially Modric, Brozovic, and Perisic. Morocco will be dangerous because of Hakimi, Ziyech, and Bono. Though Croatia was the runner ups in the last edition, It will mean a lot for Moroccon side to finish in the 3rd position and be the best dark horse story in the history of the World Cup.
Head-to-head (h2h) history and results
These two nations have met just twice before, playing out a goalless draw in the group stages of this tournament.
Their previous contest was in 1996 when Croatia won the Hassan II Trophy in Casablanca.