Morocco vs. Croatia final score, result: Atlas Lions frustrate Modric in World Cup 2022 Group F opener
In their initial 2022 World Cup Group F game, Croatia was unable to break down a disciplined Morocco, and the 2018 champions were forced to settle for a draw.
For the world’s 12th-ranked team, Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric both hit the crossbar, and Nikola Vlasic saw a close-range attempt saved.
For Morocco, Youssef En-Nesyri was unable to connect with a Hakim Ziyech cross, while Domink Livakovic turned away Achraf Hakimi’s powerful attempt after the interval.
When Sofiane Boufal’s shot looked to strike a Croatian defender’s hand as he turned his back on it, a penalty claim was also rejected.
Morocco, who has played in six World Cups and has only recorded two victories, would be thrilled to earn a point before playing group favorites Belgium on Sunday.
On the same day, Croatia plays Canada, and winning now seems crucial before they play Belgium in their last group game.
Morocco vs. Croatia live scoring updates and highlights were being followed by The Sporting News.
Morocco vs. Croatia final score
MOROCCO 0/0 Croatia
Morocco (3-4-3, right to left): 1. Bono (GK) — 5. Aguerd, 3. Mazraoui (Attiat Allah-59), 2. Hakimi — 15. Amallah, 8. Ounahi (Sabiri-81), 4. Amrabat 6. Saiss — 17. Boufal (Ezzalzouli-65), 19. En-Nesyri (Hamdallah-81), 7. Ziyech.
Croatia (4-1-4-1, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 19. Sosa, 20. Gvardiol — 10. Modric — 13. Vlasic (15. Pasalic-46), 8. Kovacic (Majer-79), 11. Brozovic, 4. Perisic (Orsic-89) — 9. Kramaric (Livaja-70).