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World Cup 2022: Morocco vs Croatia second half delayed, as referee “can’t find” a Moroccan player



Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco pours water during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Morocco and Croatia at Al Bayt Stadium on November 23, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

Morocco v Croatia isn’t the most exciting match of the 2022 World Cup – so much so that one player didn’t come out for the second half to start.

We’ve had so much added time at the World Cup so far that 90 minutes have been played now, just from the referee giving the added time. But the two minutes required at the end of the scoreless first half between Morocco and Croatia is currently the lowest amount allowed by an official so far at the tournament.

Perhaps midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, currently from Fiorentina, decided to fix it himself and provide the stadium full of Moroccan fans with a dramatic delay before the start of the second half.

Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi found it difficult to break Croatia in Morocco’s opener against the 2018 World Cup finalists (Image credit: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The second 45 minutes were about to begin with 21 players all standing on the pitch and waiting to leave. The referee, however, looked around and, according to the ITV commentator, Jon Champion “couldn’t find” Morocco’s 11th star.