Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 to finish third in World Cup 2022

European outfit Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 to take the third place in the World Cup in Qatar. /Getty Images

Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to secure a top three finish in the tournament for the second consecutive edition.

Runners-up in 2018, Croatia also came third in the 1998 World Cup, beating the Netherlands 2-1.

After becoming the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals, Morocco's tournament ended in two losses. But the team's achievements in Qatar will be remembered for the outpouring of pride on the African continent and the Arab world.

The World Cup final between defending champion France and Argentina is scheduled for Sunday at Lusail Stadium.