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World Cup 2022: What to know about the Croatia-Morocco third-place game

Croatia and Morocco will face off Saturday for a third-place finish in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Here's everything you need to know about the match.

Croatia and Morocco entered the semifinals as huge underdogs against Argentina and France, respectively. They gave it a run, but their World Cup Cinderella stories were cut short earlier this week.

But being in the final four is nothing to scoff at, and although the ultimate goal won't be accomplished, a bronze medal isn't a bad consolation prize.

Croatia and Morocco will battle for third place on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, six miles from Doha.

Here's what you need to know about the match:


Croatia lost to France in the 2018 final, and ironically enough, its first match of this year's World Cup was against Morocco in Group F play. Morocco won the group with seven points, while Croatia finished with five. The played to a 0-0 draw Nov. 23.

Four days later, Croatia demolished Canada, 4-1, and in its final game of group play, it played to another 0-0 tie, this time against Belgium. That was enough to get Croatia into the knockout stage and eliminated Belgium, which entered the tournament as the second-ranked team in the world.

Croatia faced Japan in the round of 16, and after they played to a 1-1 draw through extra time, they took home a victory in PKs. Oh, and they did the same thing against Brazil in the quarterfinals. However, they lost to Argentina, 3-0, in the semifinals Tuesday.


We discussed their first match above. After that draw, Morocco puled off a miraculous 2-0 upset against Belgium and then defeated Canada, 2-1, to win the group.

In the round of 16, Morocco faced Spain, and the game was scoreless after 120 minutes. But Morocco blanked Spain, 3-0, in penalty kicks to move on. In the quarterfinals, Morocco faced Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal as huge underdogs. But one goal in the first half was all that was needed for Morocco to become the first African nation to reach the World Cup semifinals. It's magic carpet ride ended Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to France.

Bruno Petković tied the match against Brazil in the 117th minute as Croatia won 4-2 in penalties.

Youssef En-Nesyri scored Morocco's lone goal against Portugal, and his two goals are the most on the team in the tournament.

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