Croatia and Morocco went up against each other to see who gets the bronze medals at the World Cup in Qatar and the European nation edged their African opponents 2-1.

The 2018 finalists, with their midfield legend Luka Modric likey playing his last match on the world's biggest stage, took an early lead when Josko Gvardiol scored with a brilliant header.

However, Morocco, the surprise package of tournament, hit back almost immediately when a free kick was swung in from the right and Achraf Dari took advantage of hesitation in the Croatian defence to rise highest and nod home from close range.

What proved to be the winner came from Mislav Orsic who curled a beautiful strike in off the far post shortly before half-time.

Youssef En-Nesyri twice came close to forcing extra time but was foiled by Dominik Livakovic and then headed inches over in stoppage time.

Led by manager Walid Regragui, Morocco leave the tournament as heroes having become the first African team to reach the last four of the World Cup while Croatia have underlined their status as a leading European footballing nation.