Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in the third-place playoff on Saturday as the African side’s historic 2022 World Cup ended in defeat.
It took Croatia just seven minutes to open the scoring through a header from Joško Gvardiol, before Achraf Dari equalized two minutes later.
In an open and exciting game, Croatia retook the lead through a brilliant finish from Mislav Oršić on the stroke of half time.
Despite its best efforts, Morocco could not find another equalizer, finishing the tournament in fourth place to cap off a memorable few weeks in Qatar where Morocco became the first African nation to reach the World Cup semifinals.
Croatia’s third-placed finish is its second at a World Cup, having finished as the runner up four years ago in Russia.
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