AL KHOR, November 23. /TASS/ The runner up from the 2018 World Cup Croatia finished their opening group stage match on Wednesday with a scoreless draw against the national team of Morocco at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Group F teams Croatia and Morocco clashed earlier in the day at the Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Al Khor and finished the match with 0-0 flashing on the scoreboard following the final whistle.
Following this match, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric became the first ever footballer to play in three separate decades at the FIFA World Cup (in 2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022) and the UEFA Euro Cup (in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2021).
Besides Croatia and Morocco, Group F lists the national squads of Belgium and Canada, which are scheduled to face each other later in the day.
Croatia is now set to play against Canada on November 27 and Morocco will take on Belgium on the same day.
2022 FIFA World Cup
Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 20 and December 18 at eight stadiums in five cities across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Al Rayyan.
The eight host stadiums are: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.
The coveted World Cup Trophy will be hoisted by one of 32 teams divided into eight groups. The group stage matches run across numerous fields in Qatar between November 20 and December 2 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.
Qatar won the right to host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. The championship kicked off last Sunday with a picturesque ceremony and the subsequent opening match between host Qatar and Ecuador, which ended 2-0 in favor of Ecuador.
In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December of 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with - Qatar National Day. The objective, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.
The previous FIFA World Cup was hosted by Russia in 2018. The championship took place at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia, namely in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
On July 15, 2018, during an official ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed the baton for the FIFA World Cup’s host country to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.