Morocco and Croatia neutralize each other in Group F

Morocco and Croatia neutralize each other in Group F

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Morocco and Croatia separated on equal points (0-0). The outgoing vice-champions of the world seemed out of ideas against the Atlas Lions who could also have won.

These lions of the Atlas have a bit of a bite. Morocco earned a draw against Croatia (0-0) in their first match of Group F. They held off the old runners-up from 2018 and could have won more successfully.

Like the day before during Tunisia – Denmark, the Maghreb team of the day is at home in an Al-Bayt stadium totally committed to its cause. In the crowd, a number of Franco-Moroccans who chained the France match the day before70 km south of the city of Al-Khor, with this to encourage their players.

Croatia can strike at any moment

Enough to give confidence to Morocco, which is gradually taking control of the debates, thanks in particular to Boufal and Hakimi. Indeed, faced with the Croats grouped on the axis, the lions of the Atlas try to sneak in from the sides. Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was forced to scramble to his left post to block a Parisian side’s cross deflected by a defender (14′And).

But Croatia reminds that it can be dangerous at any time. Following a mistake by Moroccan midfielder Amallah, Perisic intercepted a pass and tried his luck from 30 meters in front of goal. His shot goes just over Bounou’s crossbar (17And).

After a sole from Modric, the Atlas Lions get an excellent free-kick, on the axis, at 25 m. Ziyech tries his luck but hits the ball against the block (20And). On the counterattack, the Croatians quickly projected forward. The Moroccan defense takes the ball away from Vasic’s feet at the last moment (21And). A sequence that illustrates the physiognomy of the match: Moroccans in the initiative, especially on the right of Ziyech and Hakimi, but Croatians capable of seizing every opportunity with rapid transitions.

Croatia, on the other hand, doubled their lead in the last minutes of the first period. A few seconds after an outburst full of authority on the edge of his box, Bounou once again proved to be decisive. He pulls off a world-class save on a point-blank shot by Vlasic (45And+1). Then Modric sends a powerful shot that ends over the crossbar (45And+2).

Amrabat and retarded

Unusual scene upon returning from the changing rooms, kick-off postponed due to delay in Amrabat. The player runs out of the entrance corridor under the furious gaze of the coach Walid Reragui.

Boufal launches hostilities taking advantage of the opportunity at the entrance to the Croatian area. His shot is blocked by Lovren. Mazraoui takes the lead but Livakovic is there (51And). In continuity, Hakimi rejects a dangerous cross for a corner in extremis (52And). On the set piece, Bounou blocks with his arm (53And).

Hakimi gives them the coin back on punishment. The PSG defender hits hard and forces Livakovic to block the danger with both punches (65And). Modric responds by touching a perfect cross from a Croatian set piece that forces En-Nesyri to clear for a corner (70′)And).

As in the first period, Croatia accelerates towards the end. But despite the jokes of Modric or Gvardiol, the Moroccans are keen to bring back their first point of the competition, already equaling their 2018 total. A good omen for the future given that the draw has placed them in one of the highest groups with, over to Croatia, Belgium and Canada.

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