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Croatia vs Morocco There is, of course, a perception that the World Cup’s third-place play-off is little more than an exhibition match – compared to the final, anyway, in which Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe face off in Argentina v France.
Croatia vs Morocco But for Croatia and Morocco, Saturday’s kick-off at the Khalifa International Stadium means a lot, regardless of what others may think.
Croatia was denied a chance to reach consecutive World Cup finals by Argentina, while Morocco put up an admirable contest by beating defending champions France 2-0 in the World Cup semi-finals.
Croatia vs Morocco But the fact that Croatia – who won bronze at the 1998 World Cup – was in the 2018 final, does not diminish the potential for a third-place finish here for coach Zlatko Delek.
“We are sad and disappointed, but we have to gather energy to come back and be ready for the next fight for bronze,” he said.
“Saturday’s match is a big final for us, not a small [game]. If we get bronze, it’s a big deal.
“We have to freshen up the team and keep healthy players in the team because a grand final is ahead of us.
“Morocco is the greatest shock of the World Cup. They have national support, unity, and harmony. They knocked out Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. They deserve all respect.”
Of course, the two played out a goalless draw in the group stage, when Croatia was limited to just five shots, their fewest ever in a World Cup match.
The matchup was something of a predictor: despite a crushing loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals, Croatia hasn’t been one of the tournament’s best entertainers.
Morocco gave France plenty of trouble and will fancy their chances of upsetting Croatia on Saturday, especially as Delak’s side faced more shots (75) than any other team in the tournament. Have to do it.
The Atlas Lions have certainly benefited from a degree of pragmatism too, with another clean sheet enough to make them the eighth team in tournament history to keep five in a single World Cup.
Croatia vs Morocco, Of course, Waleed Regargai insists his team wants to finish third, but there is a degree of work to be done as the head coach recognizes the importance of their success in becoming the first African World Cup semi-finalists.
“I will give a chance to those who didn’t participate, and we will try to get third place,” Reagan told reporters.
“We understand that we have proactively made extraordinary progress. We know that everyone in our country is proud of us when we see the pictures in the media, on social media, and on TV.
Croatia vs Morocco “We are frustrated for the Moroccan public, we needed to keep the fantasy alive, however, we are content with what we have accomplished.
“We believed we might have gone further yet these little subtleties assist with truing champions, which we saw.
“My players have given everything and they have gone as far as they can. I really wanted to rewrite the history books, but you can’t win the World Cup with miracles, you need to do it with hard work.
Croatia vs Morocco Prediction
Croatia vs Morocco Morocco’s 30.9% win probability for this game is a decent increase on the 24.8% the supercomputer gave them before the goalless draw on match day one.
Nevertheless, the Croatian remains the favorite, with the supercomputer giving him a 43.1% chance of victory.
The draw is rated at 26%, but it is worth noting that none of the 19 previous third-place play-off matches at the World Cup went to penalties, while only one went to extra time .thanks for reading.