There is a certain symmetry to the World Cup experiences of Morocco and Croatia. They all end up where they started – playing with each other.
The teams ended their group stage opener with a tense but lifeless 0-0 draw three weeks ago.
The game was no different except the same two teams were playing.
It was a breathless, end-to-end start, rife with scoring chances, epitomized by two goals in two minutes – Croatia’s first and Morocco’s second.
Both came from free-kicks in another neat and symmetrical fashion, with set-pieces crucial for both teams in this game given the strength shown by both sides’ defenses during the match.