Renew the confrontation with Croatia for third place today

Morocco asks for "world bronze" in bidding farewell to "historic World Cup"

Moroccan Amlah tries to keep his ball during the first-round match with Croatia.


The Moroccan national football team is looking forward to concluding its wonderful dream in the World Cup Qatar 2022 by achieving a third place that will be a “cherry on the cake” despite losing the semi-finals, when it meets Croatia today at Khalifa Stadium in Doha.

The "Atlas Lions" brings the curtain down on its sixth participation in a duel with a team that was their first opponent in the Qatari version, and their negative tie with him gave them a great moral impetus that led them to overthrow large and high-class teams led by Belgium (2-0) and Spain by penalty kicks in the final price, then Portugal in the quarter-finals, before his dream stopped against France last Wednesday in the semi-finals, which he reached for the first time, an Arab and African team.

Morocco will suffer the absence of one of its most prominent players due to injury, solid defender Roman Sayes, while most of the other players will be available to coach Walid Regragui, including goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, midfielder Sofiane Amrabat, as well as Ashraf Hakimi, Hakim Ziyech and Youssef Nusairi.

Croatia, the runner-up of 2018, overcame Doreen by penalty kicks when it beat Japan in the final price and Brazil, who were the main favorites for the title in the quarter-finals, before falling to Argentina 3-0.

Today's match is of great importance to captain Luka Modric, as it will likely be his last in the colors of his country's national team, at least in the World Cup.

At the age of 37, Modric can dream of playing in the European Cup in 2024, but things seem more complicated for the 2026 World Cup. Modric was hoping to repeat at least the 2018 campaign when Croatia reached the final, but the dream ended harshly on Tuesday at the hands of Lionel Messi and his companions. .

This is the seventh edition in the history of the tournament and the second in a row in which two teams meet twice in one edition of the World Cup, away from those other meetings that were repeated because they ended in a tie, as before the application of the extra time system or penalty shootouts in the World Cup, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) Football «FIFA» relies on the replay of matches that end in a tie in normal time, in order to determine the team that qualifies for the next round.

The last edition, which was held in Russia in 2018, witnessed the last repeated confrontation between the two teams themselves, when Belgium and England met in the group stage, as well as in the third-place match, to match this scenario with the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Qatari Abdul Rahman Al Jassim referee for the match

Qatari referee Abdul Rahman Al Jassim will lead the match for third place between Morocco and Croatia today, according to what was announced by the International Federation (FIFA).

Al-Jassem (35 years old) had supervised the United States match with Wales (1-1), on the second day of the finals held in his country for the first time.

Al-Jassim also supervised the Club World Cup final between Liverpool, England, and Brazilian Flamengo in December 2019. Al-Jassim will be assisted by his compatriots, Taleb Al-Marri and Saud Ahmed.

Al-Jassem, who received the international badge in 2013, participated in the U-20 World Cup in 2017, and was appointed as an assistant video referee in the 2018 World Cup Russia.

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