Today, Saturday, the Khalifa International Stadium will host the Third place play-off of the World Cup 2022, featuring Croatia and Morocco. Here, check out what would happen if the Atlas Lions triumph in this matchup.
The 2022 World Cup will conclude on Sunday with the final match at the Lusail Stadium. Saturday’s match between Croatia and Morocco, which will decide who will finish third and fourth, will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium, giving football fans plenty of time to prepare for the big event.
The race for third place at the World Cup serves no purpose, but it can still be exciting. Both Croatia and Morocco will take to the pitch in Qatar on Saturday with nothing to lose and looking to take credit for their excellent campaigns.
Professional teams at the World Cup often compare their performance to dancing, describing how they were able to find pleasure and rhythm despite the intense pressure they were under. The Moroccan team has been at the center of a fairytale and its run in Qatar exceeded the expectations of any other African or Arab country, despite suffering heartbreak in the semi-finals.
What would happen if Morocco beat Croatia in the Qatar 2022 Third place play-off?
In the event of a victory against Croatia, Morocco would finish in third place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and will be rewarded with bronze medals for their performances. The World Cup bronze medalists, like those at the Olympics, will take home $27 million in addition to bragging rights.
Even though this is the atlas Lions’ sixth World Cup, they have never made it this far before. They first qualified in 1970 and advanced to the Round of 16 in 1986, their greatest performance to that point. The only team that comes close is Cameroon, who made their eighth participation in Qatar.
For the World Cup, the Knockout Round consists of one-game playoffs. Therefore, there is no opportunity to win the series by taking game two. There is no room for a mistake in this win-or-go-home approach. For Walid Regragui’s squad to grab the World Cup bronze, they must win in regular time, after extra time, or triumph in a penalty series.