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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Croatia beats Morocco to finish 3rd Place

Posted on 19 December 2022 by "T".

The third place play-off of the 2022 World Cup has concluded, with Croatia defeating Morocco in a 2-1 outcome at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Saturday, December 17.

To some people, this battle of the semifinal losers is a little more than a meaningless exhibition match, but to others, it's a chance to become "immortal".

The third place play-off can actually be a perplexing part of the World Cup.
Morocco coach Walid Regragui said on Friday:

"You are so disappointed, you've just lost a semifinal and then two days later you have to go back out there. It's like the booby prize. I am sorry for speaking like this. I understand that it should be important, I understand that it is better to finish third than fourth, but for, me my takeaway is that we just didn't get to the final.

Yes, finishing third would be great for our image. We would be on the podium. We have really, really pushed our players to the limits, but they still want to go out tomorrow and play again. But we are not going to be taking risks tomorrow for some of our players."

This match is most likely the last international appearance of Croatia's star captain Luka Modric.

Let's take a quick look at what happened on the third place play-off:

Croatia vs Morocco
Outcome: Croatia 2 - Morocco 1

It was only 7 minutes into the game when Josko Gvardiol made the first score for Croatia.
It came from a clever set piece play, with Majer's free kick floated into the edge of the box for Ivan Perisic. The forward headed the ball back inside to Gvardiol, whose brilliant diving header found the back of the net.

Not to be outdone, Achraf Dari also knocks the header into the net, and scored one for Morocco in the 9th minute.

As Croatia was attempting to make another goal late in the first half, it seemed like Morocco had it under control, but the Atlas Lions lost possession on the edge of the box. Croatia then steered the ball to Orsić, who was positioned away from where the Moroccan defense had concentrated. The forward chipped it beautifully over the head of goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, off the right-hand post and into the net.

Mislav Orsic's second goal for Croatia in the first half potentially sealed Morocco's fate.

Croatia managed to keep its 2-1 lead in a tense, scoreless second half, thereby defeating Morocco to claim a third-place finish at the 2022 World Cup.

Morocco finishes its history-making run in 4th place - a great effort overall, since the team still made it far deeper in the tournament than most analysts predicted.

Croatia captain Luka Modric, considered as one of the greatest midfielders in soccer history, led his team onto a podium for a quick medal ceremony after winning the third place play-off in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The winner of the third place play-off gets to take home the bronze medal and $27 million in prize money. The losers then get $2 million less, and no medals.

3rd/4th Place play-off
December 17 (Sat)
Croatia 2 - Morocco 

*Dates according to GMT timezone

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21 comments on "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Croatia beats Morocco to finish 3rd Place"

 dule-vu19/12/2022 13:50:24 GMT
great win for croatia
 tomex1119/12/2022 18:15:35 GMT
I predicted a 1-1 draw in the match Croatia - Morocco. This match for 3rd place was not too high level. Morocco disappointed me in this match and I expected a lot more from them because in the semi-final against France they played quite well, and in this match they had no strength ... Congratulations to Croatia for taking 3rd place at the world championships.
 CALICUL19/12/2022 18:20:08 GMT
I bet on Croatia's victory in the match against Morocco, but i can't say how the match was because i didn't watch it. These teams deserved to reach the semi-finals because they eliminated good teams. Congratulations to both
 geseco1219/12/2022 19:40:14 GMT
deserved third place for croatia in the world cup, they have a great team where it is a mix of veterans with young promises of soccer, I hope they do not disarm and can compete at a high level the next world cup.
 CALICUL19/12/2022 19:42:34 GMT
Morocco must continue a good course from now on. Croatia has great results in the last two World Cups. Cool
 geseco1220/12/2022 23:50:34 GMT
croatia has left a strong message to all soccer teams, you don't need a lot of names to go far in a world cup and in any competition, playing in an orderly and disciplined manner you can achieve your goals.
 dule-vu20/12/2022 23:56:34 GMT
We will see in next years how they will play when some players will be out because of age!
 geseco1222/12/2022 02:21:41 GMT
I think that half of the team will be gone, we know that this World Cup they played with many veterans, I hope they can be well armed for the next World Cup, their style of play makes them unique and that is why they have demonstrated it in the last World Cups.
 dule-vu22/12/2022 12:56:00 GMT
lot of teams will lose their players because of ages,but teams like france will not have problems at all,because they young team with players of 21,22 or 23 years and they will play for many years on world cups or european championships!for sure they will win some medals on competitions,because of every posititon they have two or three players!
 tomex1122/12/2022 18:30:19 GMT
dule-vu You should be happy that Croatia Your compatriots play so well and once again they go so far, 4 years ago they were runners-up in the world, and now 3rd place is a great success, especially since Croatia is a country that counts only 4 millions of inhabitants. Yes, France has a lot of potential and many young players from Croatia at a good level will end their careers a lot.
 CALICUL22/12/2022 18:32:12 GMT
Croatia played in groups with Morocco and it was 0-0, but when you play for 3rd place at a world championship, you can only fight for victory. Morocco did not succeed and Croatia has the bronze medals.
 geseco1223/12/2022 04:00:38 GMT
at the first moment I had the impression that it was not going to be an entertaining match and that it was going to be boring because the players were not motivated, but the opposite happened, they gave us a great back and forth match with a very high level, both teams took it seriously.
 dule-vu23/12/2022 07:12:26 GMT
for smaller countries or country that this is best result in history,they have motive to play every game,especially when is for third place and medal! we can see how big celebration was in morocco,even king wanted to congratulate them,but people on streets were happy with result and thats most important!
 geseco1225/12/2022 10:31:08 GMT
they are very professional players, they don't care if they are not playing in a final, they show the level of commitment they have with their national team, that's why they play as if they were playing in a final.
 dule-vu25/12/2022 10:56:55 GMT
yes,they showed that they will play hard for third place,because they come from small football countries and they care about every medal,place or every win!now everything is over,every country celebrate as they wish and we can go to other threads and other themes about everything else!
now premier league and other leagues will start!
 tomex1125/12/2022 18:52:54 GMT
Croatia has only 4 million people and I am very impressed with their ambitions and football achievements, although their game itself is not jaw-dropping and I personally don't like it because they often play 0-0 draws and extra-times, but you have to admit that they are effective in what they do, and sport is all about being successful.
 CALICUL25/12/2022 19:03:21 GMT
this is not about the number of the population of a country. It's about talent and for that you need a lot of work, concentration and ambition. Then you also need a good staff and a capable coach. Everything is done responsibly.
 geseco1227/12/2022 18:25:17 GMT
sometimes even the smallest countries have enough talented players, croatia for many years has been showing that with discipline and commitment to the national team you can achieve great things, this time they showed it by eliminating vinicius' brazil.
 dule-vu27/12/2022 18:39:57 GMT
yeah,everthing is over now!
 geseco1205/01/2023 14:56:16 GMT
what I like about croatia is the attitude they have had to play the third place match, they have celebrated it as if they had won the world cup, that shows the commitment they have with their national team until the last minute, I hope the others see their example.
 dule-vu05/01/2023 15:33:46 GMT
Who cares about world cup anymore?

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