FIFA WC 2022 | Croatia vs Morocco | H2H | Last 5 meetings
Morocco vs. France saw the Atlas Lions suffer a 2-0 defeat at the hands of France, with goals from Hernandez and Muani. Croatia suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina, with goals from Lionel Messi and two from Julian Alverez. It saw these two teams face off to fight for third place.
Croatia surprised everyone by making it all the way to the 2018 World Cup, where they were beaten soundly by current World Cup champions France. Croatia beat the tournament’s favorite Brazil and advanced to the semi-finals, where they were soundly beaten by Messi's Argentina.
Morocco, on the other hand, hasn’t been able to achieve the results it had hoped for. Despite making it through the 2018 group stages, they were eliminated from the group stages despite putting on a fine performance with two draws and a loss. In this year's World Cup, the team from the African nation had been giant killers, defeating Belgium, Spain, and Portugal and advancing to the semi-finals, where they stumbled at the last stage against France.
Head-to-Head Records: Croatia vs. Morocco
It will be their third meeting, with teams meeting in 1966 and in the 2022 World Cup group stages. Now they will meet for the third time.
with the first meeting in the year 1996 during the 1996 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament. The tournament consisted of four teams, namely Morocco, Croatia, Nigeria, and the Czech Republic. The four teams played a couple of semi-finals, and the winners went on to play in the final. Henri Michel's Morocco team found themselves two goals down against Croatia within 15 minutes after a brace from Goran Vlaovic but managed to level the game courtesy of strikes from Salahedine Bassir and Ahmed Bahja.
With the score 2-2 at full time, the match went into the penalty shootout, and the Croatians edged their hosts 7-6 in the shootout before going on to be the inaugural winners of the competition after beating Euro 1996 runners-up the Czech Republic in the final.
The teams met for the second time, this time in the 2022 World Cup's group stage, with both teams drawing the match. Despite Croatia having 61% possession, the two teams couldn't be separated, with both having an equal number of shots (five) and on target (1).
Croatia vs Morocco: Head-to-head record
Matches played: 2, Croatia: 1, Morocco: 0, Draw: 1
Morocco goals: 2
Croatia goals: 2
Croatia: L, D, D, D, W
Morocco: L, W,D, W, W
December 11, 1996: Morocco 2-2 Croatia (Croatia won 7-6 on penalties) (Hassan II Trophy)
Morocco wrote history despite bowing out of the semi-finals. by becoming the first African nation to do so. It will be also the last World Cup for Croatia's captain Luka Modric, so he would be looking to clinch the third spot.