The equalizer between Croats and Moroccans at the Al Bayt stadium is the third 0- 0 registered in this tournament.
World runner-up Croatia and its star Luka Modric began their journey to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a disappointing goalless draw (0-0) in their duel against Morocco, this Wednesday in Al Khor.
This distribution of points opened the gap. the battle in group F, completed by Belgium and Canada.
The equalizer between Croats and Moroccans at the Al Bayt stadium, which on Sunday had been the scene of the In the opening of the World Cup, it is the third 0-0 recorded in this tournament, after Denmark-Tunisia and Mexico-Poland.
Modric, at 37 years old, reached his fourth World Cup but was unable to celebrate it with an outstanding performance, against an orderly rival.
It was the return of Croatia and its star to the biggest tournament. It is important in football, four years after making history with the runner-up in Russia-2018 and the final lost to France 4-2.
Croatia cuts like this. his hot streak. He had won his last five games played, four of them official, in the UEFA Nations League, where he got the title. so win their group and qualify for the 'Final Four' what will decide The champion will be in June 2023.
Morocco, for its part, achieves an encouraging result against one of the important teams in Europe. It is his sixth appearance in a World Cup, but previously he only managed 1. He made it past the group stage in one, in Mexico-1986.
In the first half, both teams seemed more concerned about not making mistakes and chances were very few.
Ivan Perisic had the first of note in the 17th minute, with a shot from the edge of the box. The area that brushed past the square of the goal defended by Yassine Bounou.
Morocco responded by attacking. shortly after, with a dangerous free-kick shot that Hakim Ziyech (20) smashed into the ball. at the barrier.
The best chance of the first 45 minutes came from behind. It was in the discount of that half, when Perisic put a ball from the left to the near post and there he went. Andrej Kramaric scored. He kicked in to finish off and Bounou saved the ball. to the North Africans.
Luka Modric sent the ball to the north. Shortly after, it was too high.
At the break, attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic, who had ended in pain after a blow, was replaced, so his coach Zlatko Dalic brought on Mario Pasalic in his place.
In the second half, Morocco began to fight. with fright and bad news, first with Nordin Amrabat removing a dangerous move almost over the line, in minute 52, and then with the change due to injury in minute 60 of Noussair Mazraoui, defender of Bayern de Mú ;nich.
In '64, Achraf Hakimi tried his hand at the ;nich. The reflexes of goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic cleared the ball. of fists.
Morocco's defensive order made Croatia desperate, which tried, without success, until the end.
In minute 81, Modric hung up the ball. a ball that finished off the ball. Josko Gvardiol, who played the game with a header, was out. He wore a black protective mask to the match due to a recent clash of heads with a teammate from his club, Germany's RB Leipzig. It will be open for both, who will play their next game on Sunday: Croatia will face each other. that day to Canada, while Morocco will do the same. the same against Belgium.