The teams came up just short of their ultimate goal, but pride is still on the line as Croatia and Morocco meet in the third place game at the 2022 World Cup.
Morocco were the story of the tournament, with their high-octane playing style leading to a string of upsets that boosted them into the semifinals — the first African team to do so. Unfortunately that was as far as they would get, as the Moroccans ran into a well-oiled France side that look to be the best in the tournament.
It's a similar story for Croatia, who were aiming to replicate or better their runners-up finish at Russia 2018. The Croatians only won one match in normal time (a group stage victory over Canada), and they pushed their first two knockout matches to penalties, but their luck ran out against a rampant Argentina in the semis.
Now Croatia and Morocco must regroup from their respective emotional lows in order to play one last time in Qatar. There is hardware on the line, with Saturday's winners earning bronze medals, so the chance to leave with something tangible is still there for the taking.
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Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's match.
Croatia vs. Morocco: What time is kickoff at Qatar 2022?
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 17
- Time: 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT / 4:00 p.m. CET
The match is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. local time at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. That's 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 3:00 p.m. GMT or 4:00 p.m. CET.
Croatia vs. Morocco: How to watch on TV or streaming
- USA: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV
- UK: BBC, BBC iPlayer
- Canada: TSN, RDS
- Australia: SBS
- Croatia: HRT
- Morocco: beIN Sports Max 1
Viewers in the United States can watch the match on FOX (English) or Telemundo (Spanish). FOX can be streamed live on fuboTV (start your free trial today).
In Croatia, the match is available on HRT. Viewers in Morocco can watch on beIN Sports Max 1.
For listings in your region, consult FIFA.com.
Croatia vs. Morocco: What stadium is hosting the match?
Khalifa International Stadium
The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha is a 45,416-seat venue that is by far the oldest at Qatar 2022.
Opened in 1976, it's a multipurpose venue that has hosted track and field events as well as football matches. The stadium has undergone numerous renovations, including major redevelopments in 2005 and 2017, to increase capacity and amenities.
Major events that have been hosted at the venue include the 2006 Asian Games, 2011 Pan Arab Games, 2019 World Athletics Championships and a pair of 2019 FIFA Club World Cup matches. It will host eight World Cup games, including the third-place match.