Croatia 4-1 Canada | Group F Match review
Goals: Croatia: Kramaric (36), 70), Livaja (44), Majer (90+4) Canada: Davies (2)
Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first World Cup goal, but 2018 runners-up Croatia won comfortably after recovering from a second-minute deficit to advance to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. Davies breaking Canada’s
After Taejon Buchanan’s teasing delivery from the right, the star player for Bayern Munich sprinted into the box and planted a firm header that beat Dominik Livakovic. Kramaric’s subsequent strike, a crisp finish across goalkeeper Milan Borjan in the 36th minute following the striker’s release from Ivan Perisic’s reverse pass on the left side of the penalty area, was flawless.
Before halftime, Croatia completed the turnaround in 60 seconds. From right back, Josip Juranovic burst forward to feed Livaja, who prodded the ball out of his feet and fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.
Shortly after the break, Canada substitute Jonathan Osorio missed a narrow goal. Kramaric, however, controlled Perisic’s lovely floated pass from wide on the left to cut inside and curl past Brojan for his second goal after Croatia had gained almost complete control. After Canada defender Kamal Miller made a mistake, Lovro Majer came off the bench to score late in the game.
After conceding to Alphonso Davies in the second minute, Croatia was up against it, and when Kramaric had a “goal” against Livaja scratched off for offside, they would have wondered if it wasn’t their day.
The shape and the state of mind of the challenge turned, nonetheless, when Kramaric – who obviously has his eye in – crushed Milan Borjan with a perfect strike into the furthest corner to cover a general passing move. If the team led right up until halftime, Coach Herdman’s team would have liked the chance to keep or increase their lead.
Additionally, Croatia, runners-up four years ago, would have feared joining Argentina, Germany, and Belgium as victims of major upsets in Qatar had the game continued at 1-0. However, Kramaric’s elegant finish ended the game in favor of the European team and put an end to any chance of another surprise.
Canada’s first World Cup goal was scored by Alphonso Davies. In Mexico in 1986, the Canadian team lost all three of its group matches, and in their first tournament match, Belgium defeated them 1-0. Davies breaking Canada’s
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