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Croatia vs Morocco draw presents opportunity for Canada

In the primary match of Group F, Croatia and Morocco performed out a reasonably boring, goalless draw.

Croatia is basically anticipated to make it out of the group alongside Belgium as one of many higher-ranked European groups, boasting the most effective midfielders on the earth in Luka Modric, and having made the ultimate of the final World Cup in 2018.

Morocco, in the meantime, has a number of gamers taking part in throughout Europe together with Paris Saint Germain’s Achraf Hakimi, Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech, and Bayern Munich’s Noussair Mazraoui.

Here are 5 issues we all know in regards to the two opponents after they squared off Wednesday morning:


Morocco was extraordinarily organized and disciplined in defence, and barring a few high quality probabilities, held Croatia in test.

In a 4-1-4-1 formation, the Moroccan press is one thing Canada must be cautious of, in addition to the tempo of Hakimi and Mazraoui. The latter picked up an harm and needed to be substituted, so his potential absence going ahead within the match may very well be essential.

Crowd help additionally proved to be an X-Factor with The Atlas Lions wanting energized by the ocean of pink.


In earlier tournaments, former star strikers Mario Mandzukic and Davor Suker supplied the innovative for Croatia.

Now, the likes of Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Marcelo Brozovic look to interrupt down opposing defences, however Croatia’s lack of a real finisher stands out.

The Croats additionally used a 4-3-3 formation, and whereas a entrance three of Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, and Nikola Vlasic contains gamers who’re artistic and good runners, they aren’t essentially essentially the most deadly of marksmen.

After the match, Modric admitted as a lot in saying the group “missed something up front.”


Sofyan Amrabat and Modric have been standout performers in the course of the pitch, each box-to-box gamers though the previous was in a extra defensive function Wednesday contemplating the duty at hand.

Even if the tip product was lacking, Modric had sufficient moments to point out how shortly he can unlock a defence. Morocco will certainly current extra of an attacking risk towards Canada, and that ought to open up extra probabilities for Amrabat to point out his capacity to select a move.

Enough can’t be mentioned about simply how essential Stephen Eustaquio and Atiba Hutchinson’s performances might be to Canada’s probabilities.


Dejan Lovren has been a mainstay of the Croatian defence and was terrific when referred to as upon, however is now paired with 20-year-old rising star Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig.

Wearing a face masks after a collision with a teammate on Nov. 10 in Bundesliga motion, Gvardiol checked out ease subsequent to Lovren whereas additionally efficiently finishing six of his seven long-ball passes.

Morocco captain Romain Saiss is a well-known amount within the Premier League and regarded assured alongside Nayef Aguerd together with the sturdy midfield help in entrance of them.

Still, Croatia has nowhere close to the pace Canada possesses and that may pose very totally different inquiries to Morocco’s backline.


Regardless of the result towards Belgium, a draw as an alternative of a win for both group, which might have seen them bounce forward with three factors, is sweet for Canada and retains each groups inside placing distance

The prime two groups from every group advance and whereas getting no less than some extent from the primary two fixtures towards Belgium and Croatia is pivotal, Canada will go into these matches figuring out an opportunity beckons.



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