World Cup LIVE: Croatia vs Morocco third-place play-off latest score and goal updates plus Argentina vs France build-up

Fifa chief Gianni Infantino confirms expanded 32-team Club World Cup from 2025

Croatia play Morocco in the World Cup third-place play-off in Qatar.

Luka Modric is likely to be playing his final game at the World Cup, while the Atlas Lions look to end a historic tournament on a high note despite disappointment midweek against France.

There’s speculation too surrounding the star-studded final as Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi go head-to-head at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday.

Karim Benzema’s rumoured return has been quashed by Didier Deschamps, but there are still concerns over his team selection with illness impacting the preparation for Les Bleus.

Follow all the latest news surrounding Argentina vs France, plus the team news and build-up for Croatia vs Morocco below:


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

86 mins: Chance! Kovacic almost settles it! The midfielder bursts into the box and wriggles clear, but pulls his effort wide of the post.

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:46


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

83 mins: Emotions spill over from Morocco’s players, who lose it at referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim after Petkovic went down. Selim Amallah is booked for his protests but there were several Morocco players surrounding the referee there.

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:44


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

80 mins: Ziyech’s cross drifts harmlessly out of play. Can Morocco find the equaliser to take this third-place play-off into extra time? Only one third-place play-off has gone to extra time before…

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:41


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

77 mins: That may not have counted anyway if VAR went back to award Croatia a penalty, but no! Amrobat tripped Gvardiol from behind but the VAR is not interested!

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:36


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

76 mins: And now a HUGE save from Livakovic! Morocco go down the other end, and the Croatia goalkeeper makes a huge stop at the feet of En-Nesyri!

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:35


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

75 mins: Hang on! Gvardiol makes a bursting run into the Morocco box – where did that come from? – and is brought down from behind by Amrobat! Penalty, surely?! Nothing given!

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:34


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

73 mins: Croatia have dropped very deep, but it does not look like Morocco have the energy to trouble them. After an excellent first half, there’s been very little to report on in this second half.

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:33


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

70 mins: Space opens up for Vlasic as he drives through the middle. He takes the shot, but it’s sliced well wide.

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:30


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

66 mins: And another injury for Morocco! You can tell this is the seventh game of their World Cup. El Yamiq is off and it means Morocco are now out of fit centre-backs. Amrobat drops into defence.

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:26


Croatia 2-1 Morocco

65 mins: And now two changes for Croatia: Livaja and Majer are off and Petkovic and Pasalic replace them. Vlasic is also on after coming on for the injured Kramaric.

Jamie Braidwood17 December 2022 16:25

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