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Croatia vs Morocco World Cup lineup, starting 11 for third place match at Qatar 2022

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Coming so soon after the heartbreak of World Cup semifinal defeat, no team relishes the prospect of a third-place playoff.

But Croatia and Morocco must now dust themselves down before doing battle to earn some sort of recognition for their achievements in Qatar.

Speaking after missing out on a place in the final, both coaches suggested that they view this game as far more than a tournament-ending friendly.

So how will their teams look for this one? Below are the predicted lineups.

Croatia vs Morocco lineups

Morocco coach Walid Regragui is hoping for one more major exertion from his players after describing their loss to France in the World Cup semifinals as a “step too far”.

The Atlas Lions have been the surprise package in Qatar but will only have third place to play for after being ousted by the world champions.

Regragui said: “At a World Cup this was perhaps one step too far. Not in terms of quality or tactics, but physically we came up short.

“We had too many players at 60 per cent or 70 per cent. With all our squad fit we could have caused them a lot of problems.”

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Croatia predicted starting 11

(4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 19. Sosa — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 15. Pasalic, 9. Kramaric, 4. Perisic

  • Injured: None
  • Suspended: None

Zlatko Dalic has stuck with a largely settled team throughout this tournament and, having made clear just how keen he is to secure third place, he will probably retain his big hitters for this game.

That likely includes Marcelo Brozovic, who was withdrawn early against Argentina only as a precaution, according to his coach.

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Morocco predicted starting 11

(4-3-3, right to left): 1. Bounou (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 20. Dari, 18. El Yamiq, 25. Attiyat Allah — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah — 7. Ziyech, 19. En-Nesyri, 17. Boufal

  • Injured: Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui
  • Suspended: none

Morocco lost defender Nayef Aguerd to injury moments prior to kickoff against France, while Romain Saiss was withdrawn with just 20 minutes gone and Noussair Mazraoui at halftime. 

As such, expect changes in a backline that has seen plenty of them through this tournament, with Achraf DariYahya Attiyat Allah and Selim Amallah likely to benefit.

Walid Cheddira could also be in contention after serving a one-match suspension for a red card earned in the quarterfinals.

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Croatia vs Morocco World Cup squads

Here are the names on Croatia and Morocco’s World Cup squad lists in Qatar (caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):

Croatia World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Dominik Livakovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 27 34
GK 12 Ivo Grbic Atletico Madrid (SPA) 26 2
GK 23 Ivica Ivusic Osijek (CRO)  27 5
DEF 2 Josip Stanisic Bayern Munich (GER) 22 7
DEF 3 Borna Barisic Rangers (SCO) 29 28
DEF 5 Martin Erlic Sassuolo (ITA) 24 4
DEF 6 Dejan Lovren Zenit St Petersburg (ITA) 33 72
DEF 19 Borna Sosa VfB Stuttgart (GER) 24 8
DEF 20 Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig (GER) 20 12
DEF 21 Domagoj Vida AEK Athens (GRE) 33 100
DEF 22 Josip Juranovic Celtic (SCO) 27 21
DEF 24 Josip Sutalo Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 22 3
MID 7 Lovro Majer Rennes (FRA) 24 11
MID 8 Mateo Kovacic Chelsea (ENG) 28 84
MID 10 Luka Modric Real Madrid (SPA) 37 155
MID 25 Luka Sucic RB Salzburg (AUS) 20 4
MID 11 Marcelo Brozovic Inter Milan (ITA)  29 77
MID 13 Nikola Vlasic Torino (ITA) 25 42
MID 15 Mario Pasalic Atalanta (ITA) 27 43
MID 26 Kristijan Jakic Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 25 4
FWD 4 Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 33 116
FWD 9 Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim (GER) 31 74
FWD 14 Marko Livaja Hadjuk Split (CRO) 29 14
FWD 16 Bruno Petkovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 28 23
FWD 17 Ante Budimir Osasuna (ENG) 31 15
FWD 18 Mislav Orsic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 29 21

Morocco World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Yassine Bono Sevilla (SPA) 31 45
GK 12 Munir Al Wehda (KSA) 33 43
GK 22 Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti Wydad (MOR) 26 3
DEF 2 Achraf Hakimi Real Madrid (SPA) 24 53
DEF 3 Noussair Mazraoui Bayern Munich (GER) 24 14
DEF 6 Romain Saiss Besiktas (TUR) 32 65
DEF 5 Nayef Aguerd West Ham (ENG) 26 21
DEF 20 Achraf Dari Brest (FRA) 23 4
DEF 18 Jawad El-Yamiq Valladolid (SPA) 30 11
DEF 25 Yahya Attiat-Allah Wydad (MOR) 27 1
DEF 23 Badr Benoun Qatar SC (QAT) 29 3
MID 4 Sofyan Amrabat Fiorentina (ITA) 26 38
MID 15 Selim Amallah Standard Liege (BEL) 25 23
MID 11 Abdelhamid Sabiri Sampdoria (ITA) 25 2
MID 8 Azzedine Ounahi Angers (FRA) 22 9
MID 24 Bilel El Khanouss Genk (BEL) 18 0
MID 26 Yahya Jabrane Wydad (MOR) 31 4
FWD 7 Hakim Ziyech Chelsea (ENG) 24 42
FWD 19 Youssef En-Nesyri Sevilla (SPA) 25 49
FWD 17 Sofiane Boufal Angers (FRA) 29 31
FWD 14 Zaharia Aboukhlal Toulouse (FRA) 22 12
FWD 16 Abdessamad Ezzalzouli Osasuna (SPA) 20 1
FWD 10 Anass Zaroury Burnley (ENG) 22 0
FWD 13 Ilias Chair QPR (ENG) 25 10
FWD 9 Abderrazak Hamdallah Al Ittihad (KSA) 31 17
FWD 21 Walid Cheddira Bari (ITA) 24 2


Credit: sportingnews.com

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