• Croatia and Morocco play out a drab goalless draw in Group F opener
  • 2018 runners-up dominate possession but lack a cutting edge
  • Next up: Belgium-Morocco and Croatia-Canada on 27 November

Morocco 0-0 Croatia | Group F

Thrills, spills and goals were sadly lacking at Al Bayt Stadium as Morocco and Croatia opened their Qatar 2022 campaigns with a forgettable 0-0 draw.

Chances were in short supply throughout a tense and evenly contested match, with Yassine Bono producing the one major save of note to keep out Nikola Vlasic’s effort late in the first half.

The 2018 runners-up dominated possession, while Achraf Hakimi showed some flashes of brilliance. But when the list of Qatar 2022’s most memorable matches is drawn up, this will not figure near the top.

Belgium and Canada face off in today’s other match in this section, and you can keep up-to-date via our Qatar 2022 live blog.

Key moment

Given the scarcity of clear-cut chances, Vlasic’s effort on the stroke of half-time stood out. Ivan Perisic, who was largely subdued, did some good work in the build-up before Borna Sosa produced a fine cross. But while the on-loan Torino striker looked odds-on to score, Bono came up with a fine save to keep the scoreline blank.

Stat of the Match

By taking to the field 75 days after his 37th birthday, Luka Modric became the oldest Croatian ever to take part in a World Cup match. The Vatreni captain surpassed the record set by Drazen Ladic, who was 35 years and 191 days old – a comparative youngster – when he took the field against the Netherlands in 1998.

Player of the Match

Luka Modric


Connect with us @football_sierra on Facebook/ Instagram, Football Sierra Leone, and African Football News.

Related Articles

Koulibaly nets winner as Senegal progress to last 16

Koulibaly nets winner as Senegal progress to last 16

Senegal have qualified for the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Lions or Teranga have finished as runners-up in Group A, behind Netherlands, having won games against hosts Qatar and now Ecuador in what was a tense but thrilling match. Senegal showed...

read more
Chalobah pens new long-term Chelsea contract

Chalobah pens new long-term Chelsea contract

Sierra Leone-born Trevoh Chalobah has signed a new long-term deal under Graham Potter that will keep him at Chelsea until at least 2028. Since the arrival of Potter, the 23-year-old has become a pivotal figure for the London club featuring in 12 out of the former...

read more
Bo Rangers suffer Champions League home defeat

Bo Rangers suffer Champions League home defeat

Sierra Leone Champions Bo Rangers suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Algerian side CR Belouizdad in the first leg of the second preliminary round of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League on Sunday at the Southern Arena. Rangers started well and capitalised in the...

read more
Middlesbrough debut defeat for Alex Bangura 

Middlesbrough debut defeat for Alex Bangura 

On Saturday, Sierra Leone International Alex Bnagura made his Middlesbrough debut in their 2-1 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Edwood Park. The former Cambuur left-back started his first English Championship match for Middleborough but was not able to help his side...

read more

Premier League Table 2022/23


FSL Media archives


FSL Media on Twitter

Nigeria 🆚 Sierra Leone | Highlights - #TotalEnergiesAFCONQ2023 - MD1 Group A