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Day 20

Lusail Iconic Stadium 

Argentina v Croatia 


Beautiful match, Julian Alvarez played well scoring twice on the night, and won the penalty, converted by Messi, from an Enzo Fernandes lofted pass. Argentina looked threatening all the way through this match, controlling the tempo of the game. They were pretty lucky with second Alvarez goal as the ball bobbled off two Croatia players amid a buccaneering run from the halfway line. The third goal was created by a mazy run by Messi on the right wing, slaloming past Gvardiol to set up Alvarez for a tap in. The Lusail stadium was full of Argentinian supporters who created a noisy atmosphere. Alexis MacAllister was busy and Otamendi played well. Lisandro Martinez came on to settle the defense into a back five for the last fifteen minutes of the second half. With Lautaro Martinez and Paulo Dybala to come off the bench, Argentina has a formidable offensive squad to choose from.  

Final Score: Argentina 3 - 0 Croatia

Day 21

Al Bayt Stadium 

France v Morocco 

Morocco were great, attacking all the time with their unique brand of football, with France lucky to go progress in the end. Morocco had more chances than France, but France got away with it.  Morocco defended well, went on the attack but could not knick a goal. France had few chances and Kylian Mbappe wasn’t as impressive as in previous games. France did enough to get through. Hakimi and Ounahi played extremely well. That’s football, the next world cup may go better for Morocco. 


Final Score: France 2 – 0 Morocco 


Day 21

FIFA World Cup 3rd Place Play off 

Khalifa International 

Croatia v Morocco 

Surprising that Morocco didn't attack more in this match but Modric was doing everything and showed what he can do. Morocco weren't up to their previous standards in how they played. Decent game, Luka Modric has been one of the best players at the world cup. Morocco equalised just after Croatia had opened the scoring. Just before half time Orsic scored for Croatia and although Morocco threatened, they didn’t half that bit extra. Croatia won and they deserved it. 


Final Score: Croatia 2 – 1 Morocco 

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