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2022 World Cup: Croatia Edge Morocco, Clinch Third-Place

2022 World Cup: Croatia Edge Morocco, Clinch Third-Place

Morocco’s hope of clinching the first-ever bronze medal for Africa vanished on Saturday as the Atlas Lions lost 2-1 to Croatia in the Third-Place match.

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Zlatko Dalic’s side were runners-up to France four years ago and confirmed their status as one of the elite footballing nations with another third-place finish to go alongside that secured in their competition debut in 1998.

In a frantic opening, Josko Gvardiol gave Croatia the lead on seven minutes with a superb diving header but Achraf Dari levelled just two minutes later by nodding home from close range.

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Mislav Orsic curled in a sumptuous second for Croatia via the post three minutes before half-time and struck a thumping, deflected drive into the side-netting after the break.

The second half could not match the energy of a thrilling opening period and Morocco failed to find an equaliser as a fruitful campaign ended in back-to-back defeats.

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