Canada claimed the lead after only two minutes of play, as Alphonso Davies gets a head on a beautiful cross by Tajon Buchanan. Davies’ goal marks Canada’s men’s national team’s first ever goal at a World Cup, after the 1986 team failed to manage a tally in Mexico.
Croatian striker Andrej Kramarić slotted the ball neatly into the far corner of the net off a pass from Ivan Perišić to tie the game at one apiece in the 37th minute of play.
Minutes later, striker Marko Livaja found a bit of space on the edge of the box and placed a powerful strike into the bottom corner, past goalkeeper Milan Borjan, to put Croatia up 2-1 just before the halftime whistle.
Canada made two substitutions to start the second half, bringing on midfielders Ismaël Koné and Jonathan Osorio for Stephen Eustaquio and Cyle Larin.
After a disappointing defeat to Belgium in their opening match, Canada is looking to bounce back and get a positive result against an unconvincing Croatian side.
Canada and Croatia take to the field amidst a war in the media over head coach John Herdman’s fiery comments after his team’s loss on Wednesday. Croatian players, fans and media were less than pleased with Herdman enthusiastically telling his players to “F Croatia” — with the Croats admitting they have extra motivation heading into the contest.
With Morocco stunning Belgium with a 2-0 win earlier today, Canada must at least draw to keep their World Cup hopes alive. A win would put them in a much better position heading into their final match, however.
Here’s how Canada lined up to take on Croatia.
Start time: 11:00 a.m. ET
TV channel: CTV and TSN
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Canada will face another tough test on Sunday after dropping a hard-fought match to Belgium ion Wednesday. They will take on 2018 World Cup runners up Croatia, who are coming off a 0-0 draw against Morocco in their opener.
Canada was drawn into Group F, and there are no easy teams to beat up on. Canada’s opponents will be second-ranked Belgium, 12th-ranked Croatia and 22nd-ranked Morocco. Canada is currently ranked 41st, making them a long shot to reach the Round of 16.
Davies is Canada’s best player and is a legitimate superstar on the world stage. David is making a name for himself playing for Lille in France’s top domestic league. Other names who could make an impact include Stephen Eustáquio, Tajon Buchanan, and Cyle Larin.
You can find the full roster here.
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