Croatia defeated Morocco with the winning goal of Mislav Orsic (Zagreb), from ‘K-League’, and rose to third place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Croatia won 2-1 with Orsic’s winning goal in the 42nd minute of the first half in the 3rd and 4th place match held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 18th (Korean time).
Croatia, who finished runner-up in the 2018 Russian competition, succeeded in winning two consecutive competitions.
Croatia has won a total of three medals in the World Cup so far, and won a bronze medal in the first competition in France in 1998.
Croatia also led Morocco with a record of 1 win and 2 draws.
The two teams, who drew 0-0 in the first match of Group F of the group stage, played together from start to finish of this tournament.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric 토토사이트 (37, Real Madrid), who won Ballon d’Or in 2018, splendidly completed the World Cup challenge, which is likely to be his last.
Morocco, which became the first African/Arabic team to advance to the semifinals and played an active role as the ‘protagonist’ of this tournament held in an Arab country for the first time in history, had to be content with 4th place.
This was the best World Cup performance of a country outside of Europe and South America along with Korea during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.
The non-European and South American teams that reached the semifinals at the World Cup were Morocco this year, Korea in 2002, and the United States in the first Uruguay tournament in 1930, but they did not play a match to determine the third or fourth place in the Uruguay tournament.
The two teams, who had already failed to win the championship, aggressively aimed at each other’s goal, and exchanged goals one by one within 10 minutes of kick-off.
In the 7th minute of the first half, in the situation of Croatia’s free kick, Ivan Perisic (Tottenham)’s header pass was connected by Yoshko Gbardiol (Leipzig) with a diving header to score the opening goal.
Morocco then equalized Croatia’s erroneous play in the second minute.
In the 9th minute of the first half, Hakim Ziyasi (Chelsea) took a free kick from the right, and Mayer (Rennes) headed it with a Croatian lob. was
The one who broke the tight balance was Orsic, who was well-known to domestic soccer fans for playing in the K-League under the registered name of ‘Orsha’ in the past.
Orsic scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute with a right-footed kick from the left side of the penalty area.
Morocco goalkeeper Yasin Bunu (Sevilla) threw himself, but the shot hit the right post and headed into the goal.
Both teams played attacking football until the end, but no additional goals were scored.
For Croatia, it was regrettable that Orsic’s penetrating pass in the 42nd minute of the second half, when Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) connected it with a shot from the left side of the goal area, missed the goalpost on the other side.