The World Cup debut of the runners-up from the last edition of the World Cup had a strong and very orderly opponent. Morocco was not intimidated by the important names in Croatia and came out to fight in what was the first match of group F at the Al Bayt stadium, where the opening of Qatar 2022 was taking place a few days ago. zero. More business for Moroccans than for Croats.
With new and big names in the last four years, Croatia said present in Qatar with Luka Modric, Iván Perisic, Marcelo Brozović and Mateo Kovacic like the World Cup figures of Russia 2018 in a team that has mixed youth and experience for this Cup. For their part, Morocco He returned to the World Cup looking to improve his last performance at the hands of YAssine Bono, Achraf Hakimi, Sofyan Amrabat, and Haim Ziyech.
All eyes he took Luka modric. The winner of the Ballon d’Or and star of Real Madrid demonstrated his validity in the Croatian team, where he is captain and leader of the team, with less lights and magic as we have seen before. Today he did not play a bad game against the Moroccans, but he probably wasn’t one of the most remarkable either. Despite that, he was the best for Croatia by far, which is no longer the final team in Russia. In his role as game manager he sought to give his team the change of pace he needed to get into the game.
Croatia’s game passed through the feet of ’10’. The midfielder intervened in every pass of the game, he ran all over the field and took risks making fouls when he lost and recovered the ball. His colleagues looked for him to find solutions. He was present in the few shots on goal that the Europeans had for the long-awaited goal of victory that never came. Although it was not his best performance, he seemed to be the only one wanting to win the match, his effort was recognized as the MVP of the match.
Despite the fact that Modric is not the same as he was four years ago and that today he was not as sharp as we are used to, his importance in the national team is still vital at game time. At the age of 37, the Real Madrid player became the first player to play in the Euro Cup and the World Cup in three different decades with Croatia. has disputed four European competitions and with its presentation today in Qatar 2022, four world championships. He continues to be the mainstay of this team that relies on his magic touches to find the path that brought them so close to glory in Russia and hopes to repeat his good role on Qatari soil.
The other figure of the match was the rival goalkeeper Yassine Bono. The Sevilla footballer now assumes ownership in the African team in its second World Cup. In Russia 2018 he was a substitute for Danijel Subašić and this time in Qatar he is one of the main people responsible for the valuable draw against Croatia.
With two spectacular saves, one in each half, Bono received the applause and strong encouragement from his teammates and fans who recognized his safety under the goal. He was not afraid to face the Europeans and kept a clean sheet to give his team a hopeful point with a view to seeking to qualify for the next phase.
This draw is the result of the good work on the field by the Moroccan team that knew how to react to the pressure from Croatia. The result tastes like a victory for the ‘Atlas Lions’ and leaves a bitter taste for the world runners-up who wanted to win. As for Modric, just as everyone talks about Messi and his farewell to the World Cups, this event also means closure for this legend. Let’s enjoy the last glow of it.
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