and played to a scoreless draw in a Group F opening match at the 2022 World Cup on Nov. 22.
The teams meet again Saturday, this time with the winner – and there will be a winner – taking home the third-place medal from Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. Morocco won Group F with seven points, and Croatia was second with five points.
The only other meeting between the sides was during the semifinals of the Hassan II Trophy in Casablanca. Croatia won on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.
Croatia, in its sixth World Cup, is looking to earn a medal or the third time. The Kockasti (“Checkered Ones”) finished second behindin 2018 and took third in 1998.
, a forward for side , leads Croatia with two goals in Qatar and forward has a goal and two assists.
Croatia is led by captain, a midfielder for who is the tournament co-leader in intercepted passes (eight). Modrić won the Ballon d’Or, the World Cup Golden Ball (best player) and Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2018.
Goalkeeperof has three clean sheets and allowed six goals in five matches, making 22 saves.
Morocco is trying to become the first African nation to place in the top three at the World Cup.
But the Atlas Lions may be missing some key players in their defense.
Captain, who suffered a hamstring injury in the quarterfinals, exited the semifinal against France in the 20th minute. The central defender’s status for the Croatia match is unknown.
Defenderof was announced as a starter for the semifinal but reportedly re-injured his groin during warmups and did not play.
, a left back for side , missed the quarterfinal match because of illness and was replaced at halftime against France.
Here’s how to bet the Croatia-Morocco match, from the moneyline, draw and Over/Under total odds (all odds via).
Morocco vs. Croatia highlights
Croatia and Morocco will play for third place, and here are the highlights from their group play match.
vs. (10 a.m. ET Saturday, ; coverage starts at 9 a.m. ET)
Morocco: (bet $10 to win $29 total)
Draw: (bet $10 to win $33.50 total
Over/Under Total Odds — 2.5
Over: (bet $10 to win $18 total)
Under: (bet $10 to win $19.52 total)
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