Is Croatia vs Morocco on TV? Kick-off time, channel and where to watch World Cup third-place play-off

Can Morocco muster some magic one last time at the Qatar World Cup? After suffering a semi-final loss earlier this week, like their opponents here, the African side take on Croatia.

Morocco, the first ever semi-finalists from Africa at a World Cup, were beaten 2-0 by defending champions France on Wednesday, one night after Croatia were swept aside 3-0 by Argentina.

Croatia fell one game short of their impressive run to the 2018 final but still outperformed expectations as they saw off Brazil in the quarter-finals, while Morocco stunned Belgium in the group stage, Spain in the last 16, and Portugal in the quarter-finals.

Three weeks after drawing 0-0 in Group F, one of Croatia and Morocco must be a winner here as they meet in the third-place play-off.

Here’s all you need to know.

When is it?

The third-place play-off will kick off at 3pm GMT (6pm local time) on Saturday 17 December.

The fixture is set to take place at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.

How can I watch it?

Croatia vs Morocco will air live on BBC One in the UK, and it will stream live on the broadcaster’s iPlayer website and app.

What is the team news?

Marcelo Brozovic was forced off due to injury during Croatia’s clash with Argentina, and the midfielder is an injury doubt here. The same can be said of centre back Josep Gvardiol, who was not at full health for that fixture and may be rested here to avoid further injury.

Romain Saiss (left) was forced off injured for Morocco against France


For Morocco, three players were risked in the loss to France despite doubts over their fitness, though Nayef Aguerd actually dropped out just before kick-off, and fellow defenders Romain Saiss and Noussair Mazraoui could not complete the game. As such, all three are expected to miss out here.

Predicted line-ups

Croatia XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Sutalo, Sosa; Modric, Jakic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic

Morocco XI: Bounou; Hakimi, El-Yamiq, Dari, Attiyat Allah; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal


Croatia – 11/8

Morocco – 2/1

Draw – 12/5

Via Betfair.


As good as Morocco were against France, they seemed about 30 per cent off their best due to a combination of fatigue and injuries. Furthermore, a near-full strength Croatia side will have had an extra day to recover from their semi-final by the time this game takes place. Unfortunately for fans of the ultimate underdogs, Morocco might just have used up all of their magic at this tournament. Croatia 1-0 Morocco.

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