Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first World Cup purpose after simply 67 seconds, however Croatia staged a formidable comeback thanks to 2 targets from Andrej Kramaric, one other from Marko Livaja, and a late fourth from Lovro Majer to take a seat high of Group F with one spherical of video games left to play. Croatia will look to e book high spot after they play Morocco however Canada will bow out after their recreation in opposition to Belgium.
1. Canada get first World Cup purpose, however they are going dwelling early
It began so properly for Canada when Alphonso Davies bought their first-ever males’s nationwide workforce purpose at a World Cup after simply 67 seconds, however after being progressively picked aside by Croatia, they are going dwelling early.
Canada are entertaining and matched two good sides in Belgium and Croatia for big spells, but additionally they regarded like a workforce taking part in of their first World Cup since 1986. It takes time to get used to this stage. After failing to attain of their solely earlier World Cup look at Mexico 86, Davies despatched the Canada followers wild of their nook of Khalifa Worldwide Stadium with the quickest purpose of the match thus far, thumping a header in from Tajon Buchanan‘s inch-perfect cross.
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However by half-time, the blocks of crimson shirts have been slumped again of their seats after targets from Andrej Kramaric and Marko Livaja put Croatia 2-1 up. The introductions of Jonathan Osorio and Ismael Kone on the break gave Canada contemporary impetus, however when Kramaric bought his second on 70 minutes, they knew they may begin packing their luggage. The fourth on the break from substitute Lovro Majer added insult to damage.
2. Croatia again of their acquainted match function
Regardless of their outstanding run to the World Cup ultimate in 2018, nobody actually knew what to anticipate of Croatia in Qatar, however possibly that is simply how they prefer it. They seem to be a workforce caught between an ageing golden technology — led by Modric — and a wave of recent expertise like 20-year-old RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol, and it is made for some inconsistent performances.
They proved they will nonetheless match anybody with a 1-0 win over France in Paris in June, however they have been poor in opposition to Morocco of their opening group recreation and have been lower open with ease by Canada for Davies’ early purpose. Even throughout their run to the ultimate in 2018, they wanted penalties to beat Denmark and Russia within the knockout rounds.
However even with their apparent deficiencies as a workforce — notably on the again — they know precisely what it takes to progress at main tournaments and in the event that they escape from Group F, nobody goes to wish to face them within the last-16. Their run in Russia was all about discovering a technique to get via and it is perhaps the identical in Qatar. You have been warned.
3. Disappointment for Canada, however helpful expertise forward of 2026
Canada have been the higher workforce in opposition to Belgium of their opening recreation and have been throughout Croatia for the primary 20 minutes right here and whereas John Herdman’s workforce may have received loads of followers, they sit backside of Group F with two defeats from two.
In some respects, it is outstanding they made it in any respect after being ranked as little as 122nd by FIFA not lengthy after the 2014 World Cup. However they’ll have discovered some helpful classes forward of 2026 when they’ll share internet hosting duties with the United States and Mexico. In Davies and David, particularly, they’ve gamers with expertise and skill however to prosper at this stage, you additionally want expertise and nous to handle key moments in a recreation, which was maybe was they lacked throughout this World Cup marketing campaign.
Croatia did properly to minimise the harm when Canada have been on high early on, however when it was Croatia’s flip to place their foot down, Canada conceded twice within the ultimate 10 minutes of the primary half. Had Canada been capable of take the gradual issues down and make it to half-time at 1-1, it might need been a unique story.
Canada: Milan Borjan 8; Alistair Johnston 6, Steven Vitoria 6, Kamal Miller 5, Richie Laryea 6; Tajon Buchanan 7, Atiba Hutchinson 5, Stephen Eustaquio 6, Alphonso Davies 7; Jonathan David 6, Cyle Larin 6.
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Milan Borjan, Canada
Canada’s veteran goalkeeper made a string of saves to maintain the rating down.
WORST: Josip Juranovic, Croatia
Utterly misplaced Davies for Canada’s opening purpose and was fortunate to get away with one other poor mistake shortly afterwards.
Highlights and notable moments
Whereas the outcome wasn’t what Canada followers needed, Davies’ first purpose for the lads’s nationwide workforce at a World Cup definitely was a delight.
CANADA HAS SCORED ITS FIRST EVER FIFA WORLD CUP GOAL pic.twitter.com/aF2CBvGUFz
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 27, 2022
Judging by the celebrations in Vancouver, the place Davies first began his professional soccer journey, they loved it nearly as a lot as he did.
— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) November 27, 2022
After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned
Quotes to comply with…
Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)
Alphonso Davies: his purpose after 1 minute and 7 seconds was the quickest purpose of his profession throughout all competitions. His earlier quickest was 4:08 in 2017 in opposition to the New York Pink Bull with Vancouver.
Croatia have by no means misplaced on the World Cup when main at halftime: 5-0-0 (W-L-D).
Andrej Kramaric joins Mario Mandzukic (2014 GS vs Cameroon) as the one Croatian gamers with multi-goal video games on the World Cup.
Ivan Perisic is the primary Croatian participant with 2 assists in a single World Cup match.
Croatia: The Group F leaders face Belgium up subsequent at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in a recreation that would see both aspect advance or be eradicated relying on the outcome.
Canada: With their World Cup exit confirmed Sunday, they’re taking part in for pleasure — and hopefully a number of extra targets — in opposition to Morocco on Thursday at Al Thumama Stadium.