World Cup 2022: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Andrej Kramaric scores twice to ship Canada out

Croatia crushed any hopes Canada had of progressing in Qatar, with the 2018 finalists preventing again after Alphonso Davies obtained his nation off to a flying begin by scoring their first ever World Cup objective.

Bayern Munich winger Davies put Canada forward after solely 68 seconds, darting into the field and assembly Tajon Buchanan’s cross with a towering header within the recreation’s first assault.

Croatia didn’t panic after falling behind, although, and created quite a few possibilities, with striker Andrej Kramaric seeing a objective dominated out for offside.

The previous Leicester participant did equalise when he discovered the online with a first-time angled shot from Ivan Perisic’s cross, and Marko Livaja put Croatia forward with a rasping drive from the sting of the field.

Kramaric was denied by Milan Borjan’s tremendous save within the second half, and on the different finish, Dominik Livakovic acrobatically tipped over Jonathan David’s long-range roller.

Hoffenheim frontman Kramaric obtained his second of the sport by coolly changing into the far nook, and substitute Lovro Majer wrapped up the match by netting in damage time.

Canada could have scored a objective, however they’re nonetheless ready for his or her first level in a World Cup group match and now can not qualify for the final 16.

Croatia preserve their cool

You may need anticipated the primary assembly between Croatia and Canada to be an easy affair – the truth is it was something however, with a disagreement going down beforehand.

Canada’s English boss John Herdman stated earlier than the sport they’d “eff Croatia”, with opposition supervisor Zlatko Dalic responding by saying that was not a “sign of respect”.

As soon as on the pitch, Canada seemed to stay to their phrase by scoring inside simply two minutes courtesy of star winger Davies’ super header.

It was an exquisite second for the 22-year-old to web his nation’s first World Cup objective, having been born in a refugee camp after his mother and father fled civil struggle in Liberia and moved to Canada when he was 5.

However the pleasure and enthusiasm of youth turned to despair towards a wily Croatia who’ve huge expertise and saved their cool to hit again.

They put a ragged Canada backline beneath strain, and Kramaric’s leveller and Livaja’s beautiful strike on the stroke of half-time turned the sport round.

Jonathan Osorio struck inches extensive shortly after approaching as a second-half substitute as Canada – who’re taking part in of their first World Cup since 1986 – seemed to discover a method again into the sport.

However Kramaric struck once more from a second Perisic help, gloriously taking down the cross and stroking in, earlier than Majer punished Kamal Miller’s horrible mistake as Croatia ended up comfy winners.

They’ve now misplaced simply as soon as of their final 18 outings, and should face world quantity two aspect Belgium on Thursday to safe a spot within the subsequent spherical.

Participant of the match

DaviesAlphonso Davies

Croatia

  1. Squad quantity8Participant titleKovacic

  2. Squad quantity9Participant titleKramaric

  3. Squad quantity4Participant titlePerisic

  4. Squad quantity7Participant titleMajer

  5. Squad quantity10Participant titleModric

  6. Squad quantity18Participant titleOrsic

  7. Squad quantity13Participant titleVlasic

  8. Squad quantity22Participant titleJuranovic

  9. Squad quantity15Participant titlePasalic

  10. Squad quantity14Participant titleLivaja

  11. Squad quantity20Participant titleGvardiol

  12. Squad quantity11Participant titleBrozovic

  13. Squad quantity19Participant titleSosa

  14. Squad quantity16Participant titlePetkovic

  15. Squad quantity6Participant titleLovren

  16. Squad quantity1Participant titleLivakovic

Canada

  1. Squad quantity19Participant titleDavies

  2. Squad quantity11Participant titleBuchanan

  3. Squad quantity17Participant titleLarin

  4. Squad quantity20Participant titleDavid

  5. Squad quantity7Participant titleEustáquio

  6. Squad quantity13Participant titleHutchinson

  7. Squad quantity22Participant titleLaryea

  8. Squad quantity2Participant titleJohnston

  9. Squad quantity9Participant titleCavallini

  10. Squad quantity21Participant titleOsorio

  11. Squad quantity15Participant titleKoné

  12. Squad quantity10Participant titleHoilett

  13. Squad quantity18Participant titleBorjan

  14. Squad quantity3Participant titleAdekugbe

  15. Squad quantity4Participant titleMiller

  16. Squad quantity5Participant titleVitória

Line-ups

Croatia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Livakovic
  • 22Juranovic
  • 6LovrenBooked at 56mins
  • 20Gvardiol
  • 19Sosa
  • 10ModricBooked at 85minsSubstituted forPasalicat 86′minutes
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 86′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forVlasicat 73′minutes
  • 14LivajaSubstituted forPetkovicat 60′minutes
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forOrsicat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Stanisic
  • 3Barisic
  • 5Erlic
  • 7Majer
  • 12Grbic
  • 13Vlasic
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Petkovic
  • 17Budimir
  • 18Orsic
  • 23Ivusic
  • 24Sutalo
  • 25Sucic
  • 26Jakic

Canada

Formation 4-4-2

  • 18Borjan
  • 2Johnston
  • 5Vitória
  • 4MillerBooked at 85mins
  • 22LaryeaSubstituted forHoilettat 62′minutes
  • 11BuchananBooked at 52mins
  • 13HutchinsonSubstituted forAdekugbeat 73′minutes
  • 7EustáquioSubstituted forKonéat 45′minutes
  • 19Davies
  • 20DavidSubstituted forCavalliniat 72′minutes
  • 17LarinSubstituted forOsorioat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1St. Clair
  • 3Adekugbe
  • 6Piette
  • 8Fraser
  • 9Cavallini
  • 10Hoilett
  • 12Ugbo
  • 14Kaye
  • 15Koné
  • 16Pantemis
  • 21Osorio
  • 23Millar
  • 24Wotherspoon
  • 25Cornelius
  • 26Waterman

Referee:
Andrés Matonte

Attendance:
44,374

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