Morocco to surprise Croatia

It is an ambitious, determined and focused Morocco that will enter the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday, November 23 at 11 a.m., against the 2018 vice-world champion, Croatia.

The Atlas Lions will make their 2022 World Cup debut against formidable opponents Croatia with the aim of bagging the three points of the victory in this game counting for the first day of Group F.

The meeting, broadcast on BeIN Sports and Arryadia, will be officiated by the Argentinian referee, Fernando Rapallin.

With the ambition to make the Moroccan people proud, Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss and Hakim Ziyech will confirm their good form after a successful exercise against Georgia in a friendly (3-0).

To put the odds on its side, the Moroccan selection continues its training in the presence of all the players at the Abdullah bin Khalifa stadium, where Walid Regragui enjoyed success when he was coach of the Qatari club Al-Duhail.

The Atlas Lions will, however, have to do without the services of Abdelhamid Sabiri and Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, both injured.

The probable eleven

Walid Regragui’s XI should look like the team that beat Georgia. Captain Romain Saiss and Nayef Aguerd will likely be the two centre-backs. Achraf Hakimi will probably be right-back with Noussair Mazraoui on the opposite side. while Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri will support Sofiane Boufal in attack.

Morocco possible XI: Bono; Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui, Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.

Morocco qualified for the tournament in Qatar with a perfect record, having won all six games and then secured a 5-2 aggregate win in the play-off against Congo.

For their part, Croatia are looking to have another great campaign after reaching the final last time out.

The Croatians also have a slight advantage, as coach Zlatko Dalic has no injury issues to deal with ahead of this game.

In addition, the Croatian coach estimated in a statement to the press that the match against Morocco will be extremely important to win one of the two qualifying tickets for the round of 16, insisting on the need for his players to be perfectly concentrated. in order to clinch victory.

For its 6th participation in a World Cup, after 1970 and 1986 in Mexico, 1994 in the United States, 1998 in France and 2018 in Russia, the National Eleven hopes to shine and produce a beautiful game.

After a first match against Croatia, the Moroccan selection will still have to surpass itself, against Belgium, on November 27, to close its group phase, on December 1, by crossing swords with Canada.

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