On November 23, at 7 a.m. (Brasília time), Croatia and Morocco played the opening match of Group F of the world Cup🇧🇷 This group had Belgium as big favorites and Canada as outsiders. The Canadians did their part and didn’t even add any points, Belgium were the big disappointment. On the field, Croatia and Morocco played a mixed match and did not leave the score of 0 to 0. Now, to find themselves, Croatia must go through Argentina, while Morocco goes through France .
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The game was a bit sleepy, leading many fans to joke about waking up early to watch this game. Three weeks later, who would have thought that both teams were still alive in the World Cup. Facing France, from group D, and Argentina, from group C, Morocco and Croatia make group F the only survivor among the top four of the World Cup.
Croatia’s qualification from the group stage came as no surprise. After all, the team led by Zlatko Dalic had already been vice-world champions in 2018 and can repeat the feat now in 2022. And they can still meet France again in the decision, as they were in Russia. In 18 Croatia also had a clash with Argentina but in the group stage they beat their rivals 3-0. The South Americans now have chances of a rematch in the semi-finals.
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The presence of Morocco is the big surprise of the World Cup. Perhaps like Croatia in 2018, Morocco not only advanced as leaders of Group F, but also knocked out Spain and Portugal in the round of 16, two of the main favorites for the title of this Cup. From now on, they will face the great favorite of all, France. If he advances, Morocco will make the big decision without having lost a single match. So far, there have been three wins and two draws in the entire Cup. France itself has already been beaten by Tunisia, while Argentina by Saudi Arabia.
Croatia also reached the semi-finals without having lost a single match, but with a curious fact: they only won one. In five games, there have been four draws and one win, only against Canada. The Croats drew with Morocco, Belgium, Japan and Brazil, eliminating the bottom two on penalties to reach the semi-finals.
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