Morocco vs. Croatia live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 Group F match

Morocco vs. Croatia live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 Group F match

Croatia open their 2022 World Cup campaign against Morocco as Luka Modric and Co. look to improve on their World Cup final appearance four years ago.

With Canada and world No.2 side Belgium also in Group F, both sides will be looking for a huge three points in the opener to boost their chances of progressing with the Red Devils expected to top the group. 

Croatia head into the 2022 World Cup in solid form, losing just one of their last 17 internationals (W11, D5 – including friendlies). 

As for Morocco, they have previously qualified for five World Cups but have only managed to get out of their group on one occasion. 

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights for Morocco vs. Croatia at the 2022 World Cup. Follow below for complete results from the Group F match in Qatar.

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Morocco vs. Croatia score

  1H 2H Final
Morocco
Croatia

Goals:
None

Confirmed lineups:

Morocco (3-4-3, right to left): 1. Bounou (GK) — 5. Aguerd, 3. Mazraoui, 2. Hakimi  — 15. Amallah, 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat  6. Saiss — 17. Boufal, 19. En-Nesyri, 7. Ziyech.

Croatia (4-1-4-1, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) —  22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 19. Sosa, 20. Gvardiol — 10. Modric — 4. Perisic, 8. Kovacic, 11. Brozovic, 13. Vlasic — 9. Kramaric.  

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Morocco vs. Croatia live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup

6th min: Morocco’s Romain Saiss has to be alert to step in and concede a corner. Luka Moodric finds the head of Josko Gvardiol from the set-piece, but Morocco get it clear.

4th min: Plenty of whistles from the vociferous Moroccan contingent in the crowd as Croatia try to build patiently from the back in these early stages. And cheers as Ivan Perisic put the ball straight into touch.

1st min: Morocco kick off, looking for their first win at a World Cup since 1998.

5mins from kickoff: The Al Bayt Stadium is bathed in bright sunshine as the teams line up for the anthems. We’ll be underway very shortly…

10mins from kickoff: Croatia, finalists in 2018 and ranked 12th in the world, start favourites for this encounter. They have played African opposition twice before in World Cups, beating Cameroon 4-0 in 2014 and Nigeria 2-0 in 2018.

This will be Morocco’s 17th World Cup finals match, having reached six previous tournaments. They have just two wins to their name, with five draws and nine defeats. The Atlas Lions finished bottom of their group four years ago, losing 1-0 to both Iran and Portugal before a 2-2 draw with Spain. 

20mins from kickoff: Plenty of Morocco supporters in the house. And they’re promising to make some noise!

30 mins from kickoff: This opening Group F encounter is taking place at the Al Bayt Stadium, in the municipality of Al Khor. It is this World Cup’s second largest stadium, which also hosted the tournament’s opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. It will also stage England v USA on Friday, November 25 amongst several group games, as well as a round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal match.

50 mins from kickoff: And now we have the Morocco team. Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri is fit and starts up front, alongside Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech and Soufiane Boufal, who plays with Angers in France.   

1hr from kickoff:  The Croatia team is out. Josip Juranovic, Borna Sosa and Josko Gvardiol all start in defence alongside Dejan Lovren while Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic is midfield alongside Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic.

1.5 hrs from kickoff: With Belgium expected to top the group, Morocco and Croatia know a win today will go a long way in their hopes of progressing from the group stage.

We’ve looked at the odds to see how the bookmakers rate Morocco and Croatia’s chances of advancing.

2 hrs from kickoff: We’re just two hours away from the first ever competitive match between Croatia and Morocco.

Concerns for Croatia arise with the question of where their goals will come from. In their stunning performance in 2018, Mario Mandžukić and Ivan Perišić shared the title of Croatia’s top goal scorer with three each.

The former has since retired from the national team, and Perišić, whilst still expected to play a crucial role for Croatia, is now 33 and has taken on a slightly more defensive role in his time at Tottenham Hotspur. Although, seniority isn’t proving much of an obstacle for a certain Croatian teammate of his. 

Morocco are also stronger elsewhere than in front of goal, with their star players more suited to roles in midfield and defence. 

They will rely on 31 year-old Hamdallah, who’s bagged four goals in six games for Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Professional League.

2.5 hrs from kickoff: Getting closer! 

Ziyech and Modric in particular can be a pleasure to watch, will we see one of these delightful moments from either of them tonight? 

3 hrs from kickoff: Just three hours to go!

Two players have come out of international retirement to compete for Morocco at their second consecutive World Cup finals. 

Ziyech and Abderrazak Hamdallah have both returned to the Moroccan football setup after each announcing their retirement. Bayern Munich Defender Noussair Mazraoui, alongside Ziyech, refused to play for former coach Vahid Halohodžić but accepted the request to play after the appointment of Walid Regragui. 

Will a refined relationship between playing group and head coach bring success to Morocco?

3.5 hrs from kickoff: We know who Croatia’s main man is, but who are the likely game-changers for Morocco?

Achraf Hakimi is perhaps the biggest name on the team sheet for the 22nd ranked nation. He has contributed to four goals for Paris Saint-Germain since his AUD $90 million switch from Inter in 2021. Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech is another high-profile name in the squad. 

Sofiane Boufal and captain Romain Saiss will be familiar names to Premier League viewers, playing for Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively before leaving for elsewhere in Europe. 

4 hrs from kickoff: Just four hours until the player of the tournament in Russia 2018 takes to the field. 

World Cups provide a platform for a true talisman to lead his national side throughout the tournament. Can Croatia’s golden boy pilot them to the latter stages in Qatar?

4.5 hrs from kickoff: As kickoff nears closer we look at the form of each side coming into their opening match of Qatar 2022.

A win for Modric’s men would take Croatia’s current winning streak to six. You couldn’t ask for much better form coming into a World Cup. 

Morocco are in decent shape themselves, unbeaten in their last five matches including wins over Chile and South Africa. 

Who will carry their form onto the biggest stage?

5 hrs from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Group F opener between Morocco and Croatia. All eyes will be on whether Morocco can cause an upset against Luka Modric and Co. Let’s get going!

Morocco vs. Croatia lineups, team news

Morocco will be without the likes of Ez Abde, Tarik Tissoudali and Amine Harit for this match due to injury but Youssef En-Nesyri is fit again and he starts up front, with Hakim Ziyech in support. They used a 3-4-3 last time out but may opt for a more defensive system today.  

Morocco (3-4-3, right to left): 1. Bounou (GK) — 5. Aguerd, 3. Mazraoui, 2. Hakimi  — 15. Amallah, 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat  6. Saiss — 17. Boufal, 19. En-Nesyri, 7. Ziyech.

Croatia have been spared any injury blows to date with both Marcelo Brozovic and Domagoj Vida able to shake off concerns. Brozovic starts alongside Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic in midfield. 

Croatia (4-1-4-1, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) —  22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 19. Sosa, 20. Gvardiol — 10. Modric — 4. Perisic, 8. Kovacic, 11. Brozovic, 13. Vlasic — 9. Kramaric. 

Morocco vs. Croatia live stream, TV channel

Here’s how you can watch all the action in the major global territories.

  Date Time TV Channel Streaming
USA Wed, Nov. 23 05:00 ET FS1, Telemundo fuboTV, Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app, Peacock
Canada Wed, Nov. 23 05:00 EST TSN, RDS (French) TSN site/app
UK Wed, Nov. 23 10:00 GMT ITV 1, STV (Scotland) ITV Hub / ITVX, STV Player (Scotland)
Australia Wed, Nov. 23 21:00 AEDT SBS SBS On Demand
India Wed, Nov. 23 15:30 IST Sports18 Voot, JioTV
Hong Kong Wed, Nov. 23 18:00 HKT Now TV (Ch. 616, 618) Now TV
Malaysia Wed, Nov. 23 18:00 MYT Astro Astro GO
Singapore Wed, Nov. 23 18:00 SGT StarHub (Ch. 251/252),
Singtel TV
MeWatch, Singtel TV GO,
CAST, StarHub TV+
New Zealand Wed, Nov. 23 23:00 NZDT Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW

Watch the match on fuboTV in USA