Croatia v Morocco and more from the 2022 World Cup

Croatia's Mislav Orsic and Morocco's Jawad El Yamiq battled for the ball on Saturday.
Croatia’s Mislav Orsic and Morocco’s Jawad El Yamiq battled for the ball on Saturday. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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