PERFORMANCE. The Atlas Lions endured the teammates of Luka Modric, Ballon d’Or 2018. With the tie they are left with all their qualifying options.





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The Atlas Lions have relied to a large extent on Croatian players, finalists in the last World Cup.  An appreciable performance, which keeps them alive in group F, which they share with Belgium, the 2nd team in the Fifa ranking, and Canada.
The Atlas Lions have relied to a large extent on Croatian players, finalists in the last World Cup. An appreciable performance, which keeps them alive in Group F, which they share with Belgium, 2me team in the Fifa ranking, and Canada.
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LMorocco withdrew from the match in its first match of this 2022 World Cup, which is played in Qatar. At the Al-Bayt stadium in Al-Khor, Walid Regragui’s men put the Croatian team led by Luka Modric, finalist of the last World Cup, in trouble. Well organized but clumsy, the Croats had to settle for a draw and split the points with their opponent of the day and competitor from group F*.

Atlas Lions well organized

So against Croatia, Morocco was solid. He had a few chances in a game that was hard at times but only ended with a yellow card. In the first half, the Atlas Lions had even more chances than the players in the rojiblancos checkered shirt in front of an audience mostly committed to their cause. Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi favored him, using his speed to break past his flank and send in dangerous crosses. He even forced Dominik Livakovic to stop after a goal (65me). By contrast, his right-wing partner, Hakim Ziyech, was clumsy. Let’s remember that the Chelsea player was returning to the national team after a year’s absence due to a disagreement with former coach Vahid Halilhodzic. He attempted a strike (13me) who was blocked, missed three crossbars in the first half and missed a good cross from Youssef En-Neyri (18me), who lost his mind.

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Croatia powerless to tame the Atlas Lions

Faced with the Moroccan players, we could say that the 2018 World Cup was a long way off, this time when the Croatian team had swept their rivals, Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0) or Iceland (2-1). ) in the group stage. Some executives remain from this fantastic epic, which ended with a defeat in the final against France (4-2), such as defender Dejan Lovren, midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, attackers Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic, and especially captain Luka Modric.

But the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, who may be playing his last major international competition at 37, was unable to extricate his team from the Moroccan yoke. He made an effort at times, infiltrating the penalty area after a nice footprint (15me), launching a powerful left-footed shot over the cages guarded by Yacine Bounou (45me + 2), or even a good opening for Josip Juranovic (51me). But her game was in the image and likeness of her team, without madness or creativity, far from the nickname with which they adorn her, the “Vatreni” (“The Flamboyants”). Shortly after game time, the Real Madrid midfielder even raised his arms despite another ill-timed pass from one of his teammates (67me).

After this promising draw against Croatia, Morocco will play Belgium before concluding their group stage against Canada.

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* After the draw against Croatia, Morocco will play their next group on November 27 against Belgium at 2:00 p.m. French time and on December 1 against Canada at 4:00 p.m. French time.