Morocco and Croatia performed out to a 0-0 draw of their opening World Cup match in Qatar.
The primary-half noticed an absence of efforts in entrance of objective from both facet, with Morocco’s backline proving tough to go by way of their low-block.
Nicola Vlasic produced Croatia’s finest effort in entrance of objective within the opening 45 minutes, getting on the tip of a go and hitting a first-time shot which pressured an excellent diving save from Morocco goalkeeper Bono.
Croatia got here knocking on the door within the early phases of the second-half, with midfielder Sofyan Amrabat blocking an effort on the road from Dejan Lovren’s tried shot.
Morocco regarded harmful on the counter-attack within the second interval of the sport however did not create many possibilities. Proper-back Achraf Hakimi fired a ferocious free-kick straight at Dominik Livakovic, just for him to palm the ball away.
Total, each side didn’t supply a lot going ahead and shall be happy with the purpose earned from the sport.
Key second of the match – harm to Noussair Mazraoui
With an absence of possibilities being created within the recreation, Morocco shall be hoping the harm to Bayern Munich left-back Noussair Mazraoui isn’t too severe after the 25-year-old suffered a collision within the 54th minute of the sport. He was subsequently changed by Walid Regragui.
Within the build-up to Morocco’s World Cup, Mazraoui was seen as certainly one of their most influential gamers and was talked about as an individual to look at in The Athletic’s Radar.
Mazraoui now has 16 caps for Morocco.
Man of the match – Sofyan Amrabat
Performing as the only No 6 within the coronary heart of Morocco’s midfield, Amrabat was merely all over the place within the recreation.
Regardless of receiving a yellow card halfway by way of the second half, Amrabat received two floor duels whereas making one clearance, one deal with and two interceptions.
Amrabat additionally got here to the rescue for Morocco, placing in a beautiful block to disclaim Dejan Lovren from shut vary which saved the scoreline degree.
The African nation proved tough to interrupt down and lots of that was because of the willpower proven from Amrabat in midfield. If they’re to go far within the event, they’ll should depend on him of their upcoming fixtures.
The build-up to the sport largely centred round Croatia’s finest participant and former Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric.
The 37-year-old grew to become the primary participant to play in each the World Cup and European Championships over the course of three a long time.
What does the end result imply?
The end result means Croatia and Morocco each accept some extent apiece in Group F.
Though they go above each Belgium and Canada, a type of two groups might leapfrog both Croatia or Morocco with a win later at the moment.
Morocco will play Belgium on Sunday, November 27, whereas Croatia play Canada on the identical day.
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Croatia workforce information: A profitable altering of the guard from 2018
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