Morocco have had an historic campaign at this year’s World Cup and are hoping for one last hurrah in the 3rd-place game.

Morocco may not have reached the World Cup final but players and supporters can take pride in the fact that they played seven games in Qatar, coach Walid Regragui said on Friday.

The North Africans’ dream run at the World Cup ended after defeat by reigning champions France in the semifinals

but they still have the opportunity to leave Qatar on a high when they take on Croatia in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

Regragui said he would not make too many changes to the squad as that would upset the team balance but..

but admitted it was a difficult and complicated game for two teams being asked to play after the disappointment of losing semifinal matches.

“I understand it’s important to finish third rather than fourth, but my takeaway is we didn’t reach the final … We wanted to play the final on Sunday, not play tomorrow,” Regragui said.

“But I told my players this is our seventh World Cup game. If you told any Morocco fan we would be playing our seventh game on December 17, they would be proud.

Regragui said Croatia were a formidable team even if they had not been favoured to repeat their 2018 run, when they finished runners-up in Russia.