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World Cup 2022: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – 2018 runners-up held in Qatar opener

Croatia's Nikola Vlasic has a shot saved by Morocco's Yassine Bounou
Nikola Vlasic’s toe-poked effort was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock

Croatia, runners-up four years ago, started their World Cup campaign with a goalless draw against a well-drilled Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium.

Only four players from their final defeat by France in 2018 started this game and they lacked an attacking spark throughout, but came closest through Nikola Vlasic’s toe-poked effort.

Morocco were impressive, but failed to create clear-cut opportunities.

Belgium play Canada in the other Group F game at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday.

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Line-ups

Morocco

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bono
  • 2Hakimi
  • 5Aguerd
  • 6Saïss
  • 3MazraouiSubstituted forAttiat-Allahat 60′minutes
  • 8OunahiSubstituted forSabiriat 82′minutes
  • 4S AmrabatBooked at 78mins
  • 15Amallah
  • 7Ziyech
  • 19En-NesyriSubstituted forHamdallahat 81′minutes
  • 17BoufalSubstituted forEzzalzouliat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hamdallah
  • 10Zaroury
  • 11Sabiri
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Chair
  • 14Aboukhlal
  • 16Ezzalzouli
  • 18El Yamiq
  • 20Dari
  • 21Cheddira
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23El Khannouss
  • 24Benoun
  • 25Attiat-Allah
  • 26Jabrane

Croatia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Livakovic
  • 22Juranovic
  • 6Lovren
  • 20Gvardiol
  • 19Sosa
  • 10Modric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 79′minutes
  • 13VlasicSubstituted forPasalicat 45′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forLivajaat 71′minutes
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forOrsicat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Stanisic
  • 3Barisic
  • 5Erlic
  • 7Majer
  • 12Grbic
  • 14Livaja
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Petkovic
  • 17Budimir
  • 18Orsic
  • 21Vida
  • 23Ivusic
  • 24Sutalo
  • 25Sucic
  • 26Jakic

Referee:
Fernando Rapallini

Attendance:
59,407

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