The current world runner-up draws against the ‘Lions of the Atlas’
MADRID, November 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The teams of Morocco and Croatia drew this Wednesday (0-0) in their start at the World Cup in Qatar and postponed their homework for later, as the Croatians, current runners-up, were unable to beat a brave Morocco who taught the claws.
There was no success in the few clear chances of scoring, in a game with alternatives and with Morocco managing, at some point, to steal the ball from Croatia from a Luka Modric who was everywhere, very willful, but who could not score the goal. difference.
Croatia faded before the desire to like Morocco, which had a very clear opportunity to take the lead when Noussair Mazraoui could not complete a counter. The Bayern Munich winger finished off with a header – Croatian goalkeeper Livakovic deflected the danger – and was injured on the same play. He continued but had to ask for the change shortly after.
That possible injury could be the negative note for Morocco, which with Mazraoui and Achraf Hakimi on the sides has two of the best offensive wingers at the moment. In addition, on the right, Hakim Ziyech, the star of the ‘Lions of the Atlas’, started well, although he also saw himself diluted with the passage of time.
And it is that Croatia had a hard time taking control of the ball and the game but they finally did it. Zlatko Dalic’s men, in an unprecedented duel against the newcomer Wahid Regragui’s team (in the first official match for the Moroccan coach), went further but were unable to disturb ‘Bono’ as expected.
The Sevilla goalkeeper was one of the best in Morocco. On the brink of rest everything could change. A low cross from Borna Sosa from the left-back was finished off by Nikola Vlasic first, but he ran into a giant Bounou who, with his knee on the ground, deflected the shot.
An action with which he prevented Croatia from going to rest with an advantage. Nor was the current runner-up in the world lucky with a left-footed shot from Luka Modric that went just high, nor with a forced shot from Ivan Perisic that Sofyan Amrabat took under the sticks.
But not only Croatia approached the rival area. Morocco tried to run against, but the truth is that Youssef En Nesyri, also from Sevilla, was unable to pick up any accurate ball. In the second part, the blaugrana on loan to Osasuna Ez Abde made him want, but he was not successful. In fact, he left several balls behind.
Everything remains open in this Group F, in which Belgium and Canada have yet to debut. Morocco is still unable to debut in a World Cup with a victory, but celebrates a point that tastes better than a Croatia that, beyond having done something of merit, was a favorite and was imprecise in front of goal.
MOROCCO: Yassine Bounou; Achraf Hakimi, Nayef Aguerd, Ghanem Saiss, Noussair Mazraoui (Yahya Attiat-Allah, min.60); Sofyan Amrabat, Azzedine Ounahi (Abdelhamid Sabiri, min.81), Selim Amallah; Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En Nesyri (Abd Al Razke Hamdalah, min.81) and Sofiane Boufal (Abde Ezzalzouli, min.65).
CROATIA: Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic (Lovro Majer, min.79), Luka Modric; Nikola Vlasic (Mario Pasalic, rest), Andrej Kramaric (Marko Livaja, min.71) and Ivan Perisic (Mislav Orsic, min.90).
–REFEREE: Fernando Rapallini (ARG). He admonished Sofyan Amrabat (min.78) in Morocco.
–STADIUM: Al Bayt Stadium.