Morocco had a dream run to the semifinals before falling just short of the ultimate goal, becoming the first African nation to make it that far. Croatia, meanwhile, hushed the doubters who were skeptical the team could replicate its success from 2018 and showed it can be a contender for years to come. Both teams are still approaching Saturday’s game like it is the World Cup final.
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Croatia struck first in the opening minutes, as defender Josko Gvardiol knocked in a straight-on header to give it the early lead.
9′: Got it right back!
Mere moments later, Morocco evened up the score at one apiece when defender Achraf Dari knocked in a close-up header.
24′: Bono says no
Croatia nearly took the lead back when midfielder Luka Modric got off a reasonable shot, but the Morocco goalkeeper denied the attempt.
Morocco midfielder Sofiane Boufal pulled off this pretty pass.
42′: Croatia pounces
Morocco was unable to get the ball out of harm’s way, and Croatia took advantage when forward Mislav Orsic smacked in a score on the right side of the net. Croatia took a 2-1 lead, which was the score at halftime.
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