Morocco vs Croatia isn't World Cup 2022's most exciting match-up – so much so that one player didn't come out for the second half to begin with.
We've had so much added time at the World Cup so far that a whole 90 minutes has been played now, just from the referee giving injury time. But the two minutes required at the end of the goalless first half between Morocco and Croatia currently stands at the lowest amount awarded by any official so far at the tournament.
Perhaps midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, currently of Fiorentina, decided to remedy that himself and provide the stadium full of Moroccan fans with a dramatic delay before the second half began.
The second 45 minutes was about to kick off with 21 players all stood on the field and waiting to go. The referee, however, glanced around and according to ITV commentator Jon Champion "couldn't find" the 11th Morrocan star.
The game was held up by a minute before an embarrassed-looking Amrabat raced onto the grass to join his team-mates.
Croatia were the runners-up of the last World Cup and widely expected to head through in a group that also contains Belgium and Canada – though Morocco dominated the first half and couldn't take their chances. Youssef En-Nesyri of Sevilla came closest when he rose to meet a Hakim Ziyech cross and couldn't head it goalwards.
Belgium take on Canada in the day's final game at 7pm, while Germany vs. Japan follows the conclusion of the Morroco vs. Croatia game at 1pm.
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