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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Qatar 2022: Croatia Beat Morocco 2-1 To Clich Third Place

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Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to leave Qatar on a high after the European side failed to reach a second consecutive final.

Mislav Orsic’s late first-half strike was enough to settle the contest after two early goals inside the first nine minutes set the tone for a pulsating encounter, Achraf Dari canceling out Josko Gvardiol’s opener for Croatia.

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A bronze medal may have served as nothing more than consolation after both sides endured disappointment in the semi-finals, but Croatia and Morocco looked eager to make amends after losing to Argentina and France respectively.

Youssef En-Nesyri came close when he headed over in stoppage time but despite Morocco’s best efforts to find an equalizer, Croatia held on for victory and the bronze, matching the feat of their heroes from 1998 who also finished third.

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A bronze medal may have served as nothing more than consolation after both sides endured disappointment in the semi-finals, but Croatia and Morocco looked eager to make amends after losing to Argentina and France respectively.

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