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Croatia defeated Morocco 2-1 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday, with Mislav Orsic curling home the winner.
Josko Gvardiol, one of the stars of the tournament in Qatar, headed Croatia into the lead in the seventh minute at the Khalifa International Stadium but Achraf Dari brought Morocco level right away.
Orsic's terrific curling strike late in the first half ensured Croatia took home the bronze medal, the 11th World Cup in a row a European team has finished third.
Morocco, the first World Cup semi-finalists in history, had signalled their intent with a spirited display against 2018 runners-up Croatia in their opening game in Qatar.
The rematch was nothing like the cagey 0-0 draw in the group stage, with Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou dangerously close to passing the ball into his own net early on.
Croatia soon surged in front from a well-rehearsed free-kick as Ivan Perisic nodded Lovro Majer's clip into the box back towards a diving Gvardiol, who planted his header into the corner.
But Morocco hit back two minutes later when Hakim Ziyech's free-kick looped up off the head of Majer, allowing Dari to head past Dominik Livakovic.
Andrej Kramaric headed straight at Bounou, who then did well to scoop the ball to safety as Marko Livaja closed in after spilling a drive from Luka Modric.
Orsic curled in brilliantly via the post from the corner of the box to put Croatia back on top before half-time after 18-year-old Morocco debutant Bilal El Khannouss lost the ball deep in his half.
Orsic again went close moments after the restart, his goalbound effort brushing Jawad El Yamiq and fizzing narrowly past the post.
Croatia were furious when Gvardiol tumbled inside the area when his foot appeared to be caught by Sofyan Amrabat, but there was no VAR review.
It could have proved a match-changing moment had Youssef En-Nesyri found a way past Livakovic, who spread himself superbly to block the striker from close range.
Mateo Kovacic put wide with the chance to put the game beyond doubt. Morocco had a late penalty appeal turned down and En-Nesyri headed just over but the Atlas Lions could not find a way back after their historic run.
This will be the last time we see Luka Modric at a World Cup! Where does the midfielder rank amongst the very best players in the game today?
Where does @lukamodric10 rank in the pantheon of modern greats? 🤔— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) December 17, 2022
Our panel discuss the merits of the Croatian midfield maestro! @ReshminTV @liannesanderson #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 #HRV pic.twitter.com/74HavZY4zI
The excitement is building ahead of kick-off!
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Not long till kick-off at the Khalifa International Stadium.#FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/sj3JlaIUqq
A historical run for Morocco in Qatar! Can the Atlas Lions round off a history-making tournament with a bronze medal?
🥉🇲🇦— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) December 17, 2022
Morocco are aiming for a medal at the @FIFAWorldCup 👏
Our panel hope the Atlas Lions get the job done tonight. #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/UW2jVzlWHJ
The Moroccan fans are in full-voice before kick-off!
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"I love you Morocco!"@adriandelmonte is an adopted Moroccan! 🤣#FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/msSvAwY8BS
It could be a sad day for Luka Modric who waves goodbye to Croatia.
🔜 🇭🇷 🆚 🇲🇦— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) December 17, 2022
All eyes are on @lukamodric10 as he prepares for what most likely could be his final game for his country.
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Good afternoon! Time for the third-place playoff at Qatar 2022. Join me for the build-up, team news and commentary from the Khalifia International Stadium.