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Official: Modric wins bronze as Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 | World Cup third-place playoff



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Luka Modric and Croatia have secured a third-place finish at the FIFA World Cup 2022 following their 2-1 win over Morocco today at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Croatia, who were runners-up at the previous World Cup in Qatar, were defeated by Argentina in the semi-finals earlier this week. With France getting the better of giant-killers Morocco in the second semi-final, the two teams ended up facing off against each other in the third-place playoff.

And Croatia were off to a blazing start as Josko Gvardiol, who has been one of the stars of the World Cup, put them ahead with a brilliant headed goal just seven minutes in. However, Morocco struck back less than two minutes later through Achraf Dari’s header.

Both teams continued to search for a second goal and it was a moment of magic from Mislav Orsic in the 42nd minute that put Croatia ahead.

Morocco tried hard to equalise, while the 2018 runners-up had their fair share of chances to kill the game off in the second period. However, no more goals were scored as Croatia held on to their one-goal advantage and secure a third-place finish and Bronze Medal at the World Cup.

Modric, who had already confirmed that this will be his last World Cup, performed admirably throughout the tournament despite being 37 years old. And while it is not the ultimate prize, a Bronze Medal is a deserved send-off for the veteran star.

He played 98 minutes in total against Morocco today, completing 93% of his attempted passes while winning five of the seven duels he attempted.

Whether he decides to retire from international football or plans to continue until the UEFA Euro 2024 remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown



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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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