The players are already warming up on the pitch

Both teams are on the grass of the venue stretching and some touches of the ball.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group F - Morocco v Croatia - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - November 23, 2022 General view of Morocco players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Morocco v Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – November 23, 2022 General view of Morocco players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group F - Morocco v Croatia - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - November 23, 2022 General view of Croatia players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Morocco v Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – November 23, 2022 General view of Croatia players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The fans begin to arrive

Croats and Moroccans begin to occupy the stands of the Al Kohr Stadiumwhile the players recognize the field.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group F - Morocco v Croatia - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - November 23, 2022 Morocco fan inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Morocco v Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – November 23, 2022 Morocco fan inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group F - Morocco v Croatia - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - November 23, 2022 Croatia's Luka Modric on the pitch before the match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Morocco v Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – November 23, 2022 Croatia’s Luka Modric on the pitch before the match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Ready the lineups for Morocco vs Croatia!

The starting 11 for Croatia will be: Livakovi, Perisic, Lovren, Kovacic, Kramaric, Modric (captain), Brozovic, Vlasic, Sosa, Gvardiol and Juranovic.

On the Moroccan side, the following will take to the field: Bounou, Hakimi, Mazraqui, Amrabat, Aguerf, Saïss, Ziyech, Ounahi, Amallah, Boufal and En-Nesyri.

Group F will begin its activities at the Al Kohr Stadium, where the first fans have already begun to arrive.  (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
Group F will begin its activities at the Al Kohr Stadium, where the first fans have already begun to arrive. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

The strengths of each team

The team led by Zlatko Dalic has among its main qualities the agility, speed and experience of players like Modric, Perisic and Kovacicwho aspire to continue on the same course that almost gave glory to Croatia in Russia 2018.

For its part, Morocco will be sheltered by the inspiration of being one of the Arab teams that seek to raise the name of football in those parts, since this is the first World Cup to be organized in the region. With figures like Hakim Ziyech in the attack and Achraf Hakimi In defense, the Atlas Lions team will pursue the dream of getting past the group stage.

Morocco's player Sofyan Amrabat and his teammates during team training at the Al Duhail SC Stadium in Doha, Qatar.  (REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli)
Morocco’s player Sofyan Amrabat and his teammates during team training at the Al Duhail SC Stadium in Doha, Qatar. (REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli)

The squad list

The players called by Walid Regragui to defend the colors of Morocco are:

Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Sevilla), Munir El Kajoui (Al-Wehda) and Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad AC).

Defenses: Nayef Aguerd (West Ham), Yahia Attitat-Allal (Wydad), Badr Benoun (Qatar SC), Achraf Dari (Stade Brestois), Jawad El-Yamiq (Valladolid), Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich) and Romain Saïss (Besiktas).

midfielders Selim Amallah (Standard de Liège), Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina), Bilel El Khanouss (KRC Genk), Yahya Jabrane (Wydad), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers SCO) and Abdelhamid Sabiri (Sampdoria).

strikers Ez Abdé (Osasuna), Zakaria Aboukhlal (Toulouse), Sofiane Boufal (Angers SCO), Ilias Chair (QPR), Walid Cheddira (SSC Bari), Youssef En-Nesyri (FC Séville), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Ittihad), Amine Harit (Marseille) and Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).

Luka Modric in Croatia training prior to his debut in Qatar 2022. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)
Luka Modric in Croatia training prior to his debut in Qatar 2022. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)

On the other hand, the selected from Croatia for Qatar 2022 are:

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), Ivica Ivusic (Osijek) and Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid).

Defenses: Domagoj Vida (Aek), Dejan Lovren (Zenit), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo) and Josip Sutalo (Dynamo)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht) and Luka Sucic (RB Salzburg).

Forwards: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo), Ante Budimir (Osasuna) and Marko Livaja (Hajduk).

This is the second time in history that both teams face each other, since the only precedent occurred on December 11, 1996. That day, in the semifinal of the King Hassan II International Cup Tournament, Morocco and Croatia tied at two goals in regulation time.

The Europeans prevailed in the penalty shootout with seven effective charges against six of the Arabs. Croatia was the champion of the competition after beating the Czech Republic team.

Morocco faces Croatia in the first duel of the Group F of the World Cup Qatar 2022 this wednesday november 23 at the Al Khor Stadium. The Arabs and Europeans come to this match without losing in the last five dates of national team matches.

In the previous World Cup, Croatia reached the final, but was unable to overcome France and, after falling 4 goals to 2, had to settle for runner-up. On the other hand, Morocco said goodbye to Russia 2018 after two defeats against Iran and Portugal, as well as a draw against Spain in the group stage.

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