Croatia and Morocco would much rather be playing tomorrow than today. But now that they're here they might as well give it all they've got. The third-place playoff arguably means more to the Atlas Lions as a memento of their best ever World Cup showing. However, with some of their Golden Generation set to turn their backs on international football for good, Croatia will want to sign-off on a positive note too. Here's how to watch a Croatia vs Morocco live stream in the third-place playoff of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar today.
Ivan Perisic has been Croatia's main attacking threat throughout this tournament, but Zlatko Dalic has opted to mix things up today by playing him at left-back. Marcelo Brozovic drops out of the starting lineup with a thigh tweak he picked up in midweek, so Lovro Majer starts alongside Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic in midfield.
Three of Morocco's four first-choice defenders are injured, including captain Romain Saiss, so Achraf Hakimi is joined by Jawad El Yamiq, Achraf Dari and Yahia Attiyat-Allah in a makeshift backline. Otherwise it's as they were, with Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal flanking Youssef En-Nesyri in attack.
The third-place playoff can be an under-appreciated spectacle. Croatia and Morocco played out a goalless draw at the start of the tournament but, with the pressure of the last three weeks largely alleviated, the teams involved in this fixture tend to play with a far greater sense of freedom than before, and, as a result, we've been treated to more than a few goalfests over the years.
Croatia's uber-pragmatic approach in Qatar means we haven't got to see much from their star man, Modric, at what will surely be his last World Cup. Largely restricted to a workhorse role throughout the tournament, the Real Madrid midfielder will be desperate to offer a reminder of his capabilities with the ball at his feet before bowing out of international football.
Morocco have won countless admirers for the outrageous flicks, tricks and flourishes they've used to transform defense into attack, and this game gives us the chance to see one of football's most mesmerizing and bonkers tactics in action one last time. Sofyan Amrabat in full pomp never disappoints either.
Croatia vs Morocco kicks off at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan at 3pm GMT / 10am ET today. Follow our guide on how to watch a Croatia vs Morocco live stream wherever you are, starting with how to watch every World Cup game for FREE in the UK.
Croatia vs Morocco live stream: watch every World Cup 2022 game for FREE in the UK
Football fans in the UK can watch a Croatia vs Morocco live stream for free on BBC iPlayer. Coverage of the tournament is split evenly between the ITV and BBC, and both channels are showing Sunday's final. Croatia vs Morocco kicks-off at 3pm GMT.
Every BBC game will be on BBC TV channels in HD and also live streamed on BBC iPlayer in glorious 4K HDR. Just make sure you possess a valid TV license and that your device is 4K compatible with iPlayer.
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BBC iPlayer is free to use and works across a wide range of devices including smart TVs, laptops, games consoles, mobile phones, tablets and streaming sticks. You can watch all the other World Cup 2022 live streams for free on ITVX.
Watch a Croatia vs Morocco live stream from any country
If you're abroad during World Cup 2022, and want to tune into your usual home coverage, you'll most likely find yourself geo-blocked and will need to use a VPN to unlock your access.
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How to watch Croatia vs Morocco: live stream World Cup 2022 soccer in the US without cable
In the US, coverage of the 2022 World Cup knockouts is on Fox. If you have the channel on cable, then you're already sorted. You can also use the Fox Now app to watch Croatia vs Morocco from a smart device. Kick-off is at 10am ET.
Croatia vs Morocco live stream without cable
If you don't have cable TV, a cord-cutting service is what you need for instant access to Fox. Sling Blue is the cheapest option. It's $40 per month but you can get your first month half-price with this discount.
FuboTV is another good option. It carries Fox and over 100 channels besides, and allows you to watch the World Cup 2022 in 4K HDR. It's more expensive at $69.99 a month after but there's a FREE FuboTV trial.
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Croatia vs Morocco live stream in Canada
TSN is the place to watch every 2022 World Cup soccer game in Canada. If you get the channel as part of your cable deal, you'll be able to log in with the details of your provider for access to a Croatia vs Morocco live stream. Kick-off is at 10am ET.
If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis for $19.99 a month or $199.90 per year.
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How to watch Croatia vs Morocco live stream for FREE in Australia
Football fans in Australia can watch a Croatia vs Morocco live stream and the rest of World Cup 2022 game on SBS, which is free-to-air. You can tune in on TV or by using SBS On Demand. Just be warned that Croatia vs Morocco kicks off at 2am AEDT on Saturday nihgt/Sunday morning.
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Croatia vs Morocco live stream in New Zealand
Football fans can watch every game of the 2022 World Cup on Sky Sport in New Zealand, including the Croatia vs Morocco live stream. You'll have to prepare for a brutally late night or early morning though, with kick-off set for 4am NZDT first thing on Sunday.
If you don't have Sky Sport on cable, you can use the streaming-only service, Sky Sport Now. It's $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month, and it also shows every Premier League game this season. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, Sky Sport subscribers can watch games online using the country's Sky Go service.
Brit abroad? Remember you can use a VPN to watch the World Cup 2022 on BBC iPlayer and ITVX from anywhere in the world, just like you would do back at home in the UK.
How to watch World Cup 2022 for FREE in India
In India, the World Cup is being televised on Sports18, but every game is being shown for free and in 4K via the JioCinema app. The Croatia vs Morocco live stream kicks off at 8.30pm IST.
Coverage is available in Hindi, English, Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil, and the JioCinema app is compatible with Chromecast, so you can get a big-screen experience.
Anyone outside of India who wants to watch their home World Cup coverage can just pick up a good VPN and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action.
Croatia vs Morocco team news
Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic was substituted early in the second-half of their clash with Argentina with a thigh twinge, and sits this one out as a result.
Croatia team: Livakovic; Stanisic, Sutalo, Gvardiol; Orisic, Majer, Modric, Kovacic, Perisic; Livaja, Kramaric
Morocco skipper Romain Saiss, who's been one of the standout players of the tournament, had been playing through a hamstring injury but it finally gave way against France, and he'll be watching this game from the dugout. Fellow defensive colleagues Nayef Aguerd and Noussair Mazraoui have also been carrying injuries, and aen't being risked ahead of the return of domestic football.
Morocco team: Bounou; Hakimi, Dari, El Yamiq, Attiat-Allah; El Khannouss, Amrabat, Sabiri; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
World Cup 2022 fixtures
(All times GMT. Take away 5 hours for ET. Add 11 hours for AEDT.)
Saturday, December 17
3pm - Croatia vs Morocco
2022 WORLD CUP FINAL
Sunday, December 18
3pm - Argentina vs France
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