Morocco and Croatia performed out a goalless draw within the first sport from Group F on the 2022 World Cup.
As is proving to be the case with a variety of matches in Qatar, it was a cagey begin with neither staff capable of take management of the sport.
Croatia loved extra of the ball early on nevertheless it was Morocco that seemed the extra threatening of the 2 sides going ahead, stepping into good positions however missing the top product.
That being mentioned, it was Ivan Perisic who first got here near opening the scoring, firing simply over the bar from lengthy vary after 17 minutes.
Little of observe then occurred till the very finish of the primary half, when Nikola Vlasic obtained on the top of a Borna Sosa cross solely to have his effort saved by Bono, earlier than Luka Modric hit the ball simply over the bar after it fell to him on the fringe of the field.
There have been solely two minutes of stoppage time which, given how a lot has been added in most matches, speaks volumes about what a quiet first 45 minutes it was.
Morocco had their first main probability of the match straight after the break when Noussair Mazraoui had a diving header from shut vary saved by Dominik Livakovic, whereas in addition they had a penalty enchantment turned down, believing a shot from Sofiane Boufal had been blocked by an arm.
Croatia then got here shut once more within the 51st minute with Bono clawing away a nook that Modric fired dangerously throughout the face of objective.
At that time, it seemed like the sport would open up however that did not show to be the case with little motion at both finish till the sixty fourth minute when Achraf Hakimi had a protracted shot punched away by Livakovic after being arrange by Hakim Ziyech.
Croatia have been those to take the initiative after that, with many of the sport being performed in Morocco’s half, however the 2018 finalists struggled to create a gap.
Morocco wrestled again some management within the closing phases however neither facet was capable of create even half an opportunity, even with six minutes of added time.
The match ended 0-0, with either side in all probability deserving of some extent from their opening sport however nothing extra.
GK: Bono – 7/10 – Made two actually good saves from Vlasic and Modric and did nicely claiming crosses.
RB: Achraf Hakimi – 6/10 – Got here shut with an awesome effort however could not contribute rather more going ahead. Defensively, he did not do a lot flawed.
CB: Nayef Aguerd – 6/10 – Did not have an excessive amount of to do however carried out nicely on the uncommon events that he was referred to as upon.
CB: Romain Saiss – 6/10 – See above. Not so much on this sport.
LB: Noussair Mazraoui – 6/10 – Defended nicely and obtained into some good positions going ahead earlier than going off injured.
CM: Azzedine Ounahi – 6/10 – Made just a few good passes and tackles, successful most of his duels.
CM: Sofyan Amrabat – 7/10 – Ran the present on the coronary heart of the midfield for a lot of the sport and made an necessary clearance.
CM: Selim Amallah – 5/10 – Received the ball again just a few occasions however did not do a lot in possession.
RW: Hakim Ziyech – 5/10 – Began nicely, placing in some actually harmful balls, however did nothing within the second half.
CF: Youssef En-Nesyri – 5/10 – Did pretty nicely within the air in opposition to the Croatia centre-backs however did not do a lot else.
LW: Sofiane Boufal – 4/10 – Was largely invisible when he was on the pitch.
SUB: Yahia Attiyat Allah (60′ for Mazraoui) – 5/10
SUB: Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (66′ for Boufal) – N/A
SUB: Abderrazak Hamdallah (81′ for En-Nesryi) – N/A
SUB: Abdelhamid Sabiri (81′ for Ounahi) – N/A
Supervisor: Walid Regragui – 7/10 – Set his facet as much as nullify Croatia’s threats and secured a good level that might have been three on one other day.
GK: Dominik Livakovic – 6/10 – Was anticipated to make the 2 saves that he made, however made them nonetheless.
RB: Josip Juranovic – 6/10 – Was advantageous on the again however did not do a lot on the different finish.
CB: Dejan Lovren – 6/10 – Seemed regular on the again.
CB: Josko Gvardiol – 7/10 – Was defensively strong and did some good things in possession.
LB: Borna Sosa – 6/10 – Created the largest probability of the sport with a very good cross however was quiet after that.
CM: Luka Modric – 5/10 – A poor efficiency by his requirements, with the Actual Madrid man lacking an enormous probability and shedding the ball so much. His set-pieces have been good, although.
CM: Marcelo Brozovic – 6/10 – Get issues ticking over properly and guarded his backline.
CM: Mateo Kovacic – 5/10 – Obtained on the ball so much however did treasured little with it.
RW: Nikola Vlasic – 4/10 – Struggled to get entangled within the 45 minutes he performed and missed an enormous probability.
CF: Andrej Kramaric – 4/10 – Didn’t make any impression, having no pictures and making simply 11 passes.
LW: Ivan Perisic – 5/10 – Got here shut with a very good effort and labored exhausting, however would have been hoping to do extra going ahead.
SUB: Mario Pasalic (45′ for Vlasic) – 4/10 – Barely observed he was enjoying.
SUB: Marko Livaja (71′ for Kramaric) – N/A
SUB: Lovro Majer (79′ for Kovacic) – N/A
SUB: Mislav Orsic (90′ for Perisic) – N/A
Supervisor: Zlatko Dalic – 4/10 – Actually ought to’ve discovered a solution to break Morocco down given the standard he had at his disposal.