World Cup 2022: Luka Modric Named Man of the Match in Croatia’s Tie Against Morocco

World Cup 2022: Luka Modric Named Man of the Match in Croatia’s Tie Against Morocco

  • Croatia and Morocco played out a goalless draw in their opening game at the 2022 World Cup
  • Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric was impressive in the tie and was named man of the match
  • Modric and his teammates from the Croatian national team will face Canada in their next game

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been named as the man of the match of the 2022 World Cup battle between his country Croatia, and African side Morocco.

Despite the encounter ending in a goalless draw on Wednesday afternoon, November 23, Modric was able to stand tall above all the other players on the pitch considering his performance.

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Croatia's Luka Modric was named man of the match in his country's goalless draw against Morocco. Photo by Francois Nel.
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His attacking style and brilliant distribution of passes in the midfield were superb against the Moroccans, who also had the chance to win the game.

According to the update by Football Tweet, Modric was presented with the man of the match award after the encounter.

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Modric sets new record

The former Tottenham player is now the first player to play in both the European Championship and World Cup in three different decades.

His first Euros campaign came in 2008, and he has since played in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 editions. His World Cup adventures have come in 2006, 2014 and 2018, with this latest venture perhaps being Modric's last chance of a good run at 37 years of age.

Meanwhile, Croatia will face Canada in their second group game at the 2022 World Cup on Sunday, November 27.

Croatia can't dwell on 2018

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Croatia captain Luka Modric called on his team to set aside memories of their path to the 2018 World Cup final, ahead of their opening game against Morocco in Qatar.

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Modric was named player of the tournament four years ago, as Croatia reached the final for the first time before losing 4-2 to France in Moscow.

The Real Madrid midfielder, who won the Ballon d'Or in the same year, is playing at his fourth World Cup - which is being held outside its traditional European summer slot for the first time.

Modric admitted to feeling jittery on the eve of his team's opening game against Morocco, and Argentina's shock defeat by Saudi Arabia means Croatia will be on their guard.