As in 1998, Croatia won the small final. The Croats beat Morocco 2-1 and finished in third place at this 2022 World Cup. The first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final, Morocco finished fourth. Their coach accepted the defeat without any criticism.
“We would have liked to please our public until the end, but, honestly, the boys gave everything, until the last minute, reacted the Moroccan coach, We are still happy at the end. We are in the four best teams in the world. Congratulations to Croatia, I think they deserve their third place,» the coach Walid Regragui said after the match.
Everything was decided in the first period of the game. From the 7th minute of play, Joskvo Gvardiol opened the scoring.
After a splendid combination from a free kick and a header from Ivan Perisic, the Croatian defender places an unstoppable diving header (1-0).
But the happiness of Zlatko Dalic’s men is only short-lived. Less than two minutes later, Achraf Dari equalized, also from a free kick, also with a header, taking advantage of a moment of hesitation in the Croatian defense (1-1, 9th).
Both teams take turns taking the lead. It was finally on a magnificent strike from Mislav Orsic that Croatia definitively took the lead (2-1, 42nd).
Second in 2018, the Croats finish on the podium again. For their part, the Moroccans will approach the next African Cup of Nations with a new status. After looking into the eyes of the best nations in the world, they will clearly be among the favorites if they manage to qualify for the 2023 edition, scheduled in Côte d’Ivoire.