Croatia has won all three of their previous World Cup games against African opponents while maintaining a clean sheet, defeating Cameroon 4-0 in 2014, Nigeria 2-0 in 2018, and Morocco 0-0 this year.
In the previous 19 World Cup third-place play-off matches, none of the contests went to penalties, and just one was decided after extra time (France v Belgium in 1986). Since Brazil’s 2-1 victory over Italy in 1978, this match has been won by a European nation each of the following 10 iterations of the competition.
Croatia defeated Netherlands 2-1 in the 1998 World Cup third-place play-off match, making this their second appearance in this competition.
In their 2-0 semifinal loss to France, Morocco gave up more goals than they had in their previous five World Cup games combined (1). They still have a chance to join the likes of the Netherlands (1974), Italy (1990), Brazil (1994), France (1998), Germany (2002), Italy (2006), and Spain as the eighth side to record as many as five clean sheets in a single tournament (2010).
37 years old At this World Cup, Luka Modric has participated in each of Croatia’s six games. The only goalkeepers who have played more games at a single edition while being 37 or older are Peter Shilton (1990) and Dino Zoff (1982). (both 7).
Ivan Perisic has six goals at the World Cup for Croatia; one more would overtake Davor Suker as the nation’s all-time leading scorer.
At the 2022 World Cup, Azzedine Ounahi of Morocco has completed 77% of his attempted take-ons (10/13), the greatest percentage of any player who has attempted at least 10.
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