Marruecos y Croacia empataron 0-0 por el grupo F en Qatar 2022/Morocco holds Modric and Croatia 0-0 at World Cup

En la primera presentación por el grupo F los marroquíes y croatas no pudieron anotar y repartieron los puntos en el partido 9 de Qatar 2022.

El partido debut del grupo F dejó el segundo 0-0 del Mundial de Qatar 2022, donde se presentaron pocas llegadas al arco y un trámite discreto entre ambos equipos.

Luka Modric, de Croacia, se convirtió en la figura del encuentro, aunque los arqueros Bono y Livakovic tuvieron buenas intervenciones para ambos equipos, aunque sin mucha actividad bajo los palos. Los dos combinados presentaron chances aisladas, pero el duelo transcurrió mayormente en el mediocampo y, con el correr de los minutos.

Los protagonistas empezaron a sentirse cómodos con una igualdad en la que ninguno salió lastimado, a la espera del otro encuentro de la primera fecha entre Bélgica y Canadá.

Momento clave del partido
Según el resumen del encuentro proporcionado por Fifa.com, poco antes del descanso, el arquero marroquí, Bono, se lució con una tapada contra Vlasic para mantener el cero en su arco. Antes, Perisic también había tenido una buena oportunidad con un disparo lejano que se había ido alto por muy poco.

Los africanos encontraron en Ziyech a su hombre más determinante. En el complemento, las acciones de peligro disminuyeron y el 0-0 resultó justo.

Con 37 años y 75 días, Luka Modric se convirtió este miércoles en el jugador croata más longevo en jugar para su selección en una Copa Mundial.
Por Valora Analitik

Croacia vs Marruecos. Foto: FIFA.

Morocco holds Modric and Croatia 0-0 at World Cup

AL KHOR – Another surprisingly strong performance by an Arab country at the World Cup in Qatar stifled the threat of Luka Modric and held 2018 finalist Croatia to a 0-0 draw.

Morocco’s resilient performance Wednesday came 24 hours after Saudi Arabia sparked the first World Cup in the Middle East into life by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina in one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.

Tunisia followed that up with a scoreless draw against European Championship semifinalist Denmark.

Morocco managed to do enough to rein in Croatia captain Modric, who was still his team’s best player in their Group F opener and had one of the best chances when his shot just rose over the crossbar in the first half. Dejan Lovran got a shot off at a corner in the second half and Sofyan Amrabat cleared off the line for Morocco to preserve the draw.

“It was a difficult game, especially in the first 15 minutes,” Modric said. He said Croatia “missed something up front.”

Modric didn’t have nearly the same kind of impact he had throughout the last World Cup in Russia when he led Croatia to its first final before losing to France.

That was largely down to Morocco, who harassed and harried the Croatians at every turn, buoyed by their red-shirted fans, who outnumbered and made much more noise than the Croatian supporters.

“They played their hearts out. I congratulate them on that,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic. “They had a really energetic game and they had great support.”

The 37-year-old Modric is playing in his fourth and what’s expected to be his final World Cup, where he’s looking to add an international title to his trophy-laden career with Real Madrid.

He was voted best player at the World Cup four years ago to wide acclaim. When he was then announced as player of the match on Wednesday, it was greeted by an outburst of boos from Morocco fans who had chanted and whirled scarves as they jumped up and down in the final minutes at Al Bayt Stadium.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi had the best chance for Morocco with a thumping second-half shot punched away with both fists by goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The result was a major confidence-booster for Morocco and coach Walid Regragui, who was only hired at the end of August — his first international coaching job — and had less than three months to prepare the team for Qatar.

“We were playing against the runners up for the last World Cup,” Regragui said. “I’m so proud of the boys. I’m proud of the men.”

MORE THAN MODRIC

As brilliant as he is, Modric is closer to 40 than 30 now and will need more help from his team if Croatia is going to get to another World Cup final. Forwards Ivan Perisic and Nikola Vlasic weren’t the threats they were expected to be against Morocco and Vlasic went off injured in the second half.

“We haven’t come here just to compete,” Modric said. “On the basis of our Russian experience we have ambitions to do the same or even better. But even before that tournament we said let’s first set a primary objective of getting past the group stage.”

Gerald Imray
Associated Press