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FIFA World Cup 2022, Croatia vs Canada Highlights: Croatia win 4-1, rise to the top of Group F

Croatia vs Canada Group F Match Highlights: Canada face 2018 World Cup finalists at the Khalifa International Stadium.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: November 28, 2022 00:26 IST
Croatia players celebrate after their 4-1 win over Canada on Sunday. (Reuters)

World Cup 2022, Croatia vs Canada Match Highlights: Searching for their first ever World Cup goal, Canada took the lead in the second minute against Croatia at the Khalifa International Stadium. Alphonso Davies headed home the fastest goal of the tournament. Croatia responded strongly as Kramaric and Livaja scored to complete the comeback. The 2018 runner ups went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

After a stalemate of a first half, goals from Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal helped Morocco claim only their third win at the FIFA World Cup finals. A 2-0 win against 2nd ranked side in the world, Belgium. A Group F clash that now puts Morocco on top of the table with four points in two games.

Croatia (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Livaja, Kramaric, Perisic; Canada (3-4-3): Borjan; Johnston, Vitoria, Miller; Laryea, Hutchinson, Eustaquio, Davies; Buchanan, Larin, David

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23:51 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Time for the last act of day eight at the FIFA World Cup!

Right then, time for the much anticipated Germany vs Spain Group E meeting. Join us here to follow all the live updates from the contest!

23:30 (IST)27 Nov 2022

And that does it!

A goal 68 seconds into the match from Alphonso Davies was cancelled in the first half as Croatia completed a comeback. The second half was only about further emphasising their dominance. Only the second time in World Cup history that Croatia have scored four past a team and with all that was said in the Canada camp ahead of this match, it was a must from the 2018 runner ups to put this show. Four points in two games and a better goal difference than Morocco has them sitting atop Group F.


23:27 (IST)27 Nov 2022
90+4': A fourth for Croatia!

Canada thrust their number forwards and lose the ball. Orsic is on the break without another Canadian shirt ahead of him. He runs all the way into goal, and with Borjan near him, sets up Majer on the right with an open goal gaping.


23:25 (IST)27 Nov 2022
90+3': Hoilett not letting it go

Canada bombard the Croatian box with numbers and the ball falls to Junior Hoilett whose first volley is blocked from one of the Croatian shirts. The Canadian number 10 gets the ball on his feet again and drills it towards Livakovic's goal again but it goes wide of the goal.


23:22 (IST)27 Nov 2022
90': Added time

A minimum of six minutes of added time indicated by the fourth official on the board.


23:20 (IST)27 Nov 2022
84': A yellow card each!

Miller and Modric with a verbal, and the referee takes out the yellow card for each of them. Meanwhile Croatia make three changes.

Orsic replaces Perisic.

Pasilic replaces Kovacic.

And Modric departs, just after receiving a yellow but the swap would've been planned even before. Majer takes his spot.


23:17 (IST)27 Nov 2022
81': Perisic with a 20 yarder

When you're leading 3-1 and have the experience that this Croatian side does, those kind of shots can be taken. 

Perisic takes a speculative shot from 20 yards out but it curls the wrong side of the post, never putting Borjan under pressure.


23:14 (IST)27 Nov 2022
78': SAVE from Borjan!

The Canadian goalkeeper can barely be faulted for his performance today. Four Croatia forwards queue up inside Canada’s penalty area to register a fourth but Perisic’s initial effort is blocked before Brozovic’s follow-up chance is saved bravely by Borjan.


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23:10 (IST)27 Nov 2022
77': Croatia want more, at any cost!

Vlasic looks to poke Perisic through into the penalty area but he gets his inventive pass wrong and gives possession back to Vitoria.


23:07 (IST)27 Nov 2022
73': Substitutions on both ends!

Croatia bring in Vlasic, replacing their brace scorer Kramaric.

Canada introduce Adekugbe for Hutchinson, while Cavallini replaces David.


23:04 (IST)27 Nov 2022

Ivan Perisic's cross finds Andrej Kramaric some 16 yards out of the Canadian goal and burries a left footed shot in the bottom corner to score his second! That should DO IT for Croatia. None of the Canadian players put their foot/body in to stop that one and they are punished rightly for it.


22:59 (IST)27 Nov 2022
64': Canada make a change

Junior Hoilett comes on to replace Richie Laryea. 

A number of tackles and substitutions have broken up the flow of the match, much to Croatia’s benefit. They’ve largely been able to dictate play and prevent counter-attacks from springing, which will be Canada’s best chance to get a second goal.


22:55 (IST)27 Nov 2022
60': Substitution from Croatia, goalscorer comes off

Marko Livaja, who completed the first half comeback of Croatia, is replaced by Bruno Petkovic up front.


22:51 (IST)27 Nov 2022
56': Good move from Canada, not so much from Lovren

This is better from Canada. Jonathan Osorio, who just got fouled from his idol Luka Modric at the other end, progresses into the area before sending the ball wide to Tajon Buchanan, who finds Jonathan David. A whip from outside the box that needed some saving is parried over the bar by Livakovic. The game stops and referee picks up a yellow card off his pocket for Dejan Lovren for an earlier foul.


22:48 (IST)27 Nov 2022
54': Vital save from Borjan

Kramaric, teed up nicely for a shot near the penalty spot, places it with power to Borjan’s right. The Canadian keeper does quite well there, showing the shot-stopping skill that bedeviled Canada's Concacaf foes, including the USA.


22:45 (IST)27 Nov 2022
52': Yellow card for Canada

A frustrated Buchanan cynically takes Gvardiol down from behind, rightly earns a yellow card. If you are going to take someone down in front of the ref and the VAR watching , atleast do it a tad more subtly. 


22:41 (IST)27 Nov 2022
48': Canada's second attempt on goal

Jonathan Osorio, only just one the pitch, curls a shot from outside the Croatian box and it whizzes past Livakovic's goal. That was only the second attempt for Canada on goal since that Alphonso Davies header 68 seconds into the game. 


22:39 (IST)27 Nov 2022
46': The Livaja song!

Marko Livaja, who scored Croatia’s second goal against Canada, has a song written on him by the rap group Disconnect. 

The lyrics run thus: “Getting the goals, Marko Livaja / Killer balls, Marko Livaja / Three points here, Marko Livaja / I’m strong in the head, like Marko Livaja / Got under everyone’s skin / Let anyone come, I’m never bad / The stands implore me, they call me God.”

22:37 (IST)27 Nov 2022
2nd half: Canada Substitutions

John Herdman introduces couple of changes for the 2nd half. Stephen Eustáquio and striker Cyle Larin are coming off for Jonathan Osorio and Ismaël Koné. 


22:30 (IST)27 Nov 2022
CRO vs CAN: Perfect half that for Mateo Kovacic, 100 percent passing, duels and tackles winning accuracy!

Spain vs Germany: Clash of contrasts promises to be the game of the group stage

Spain vs Germany: Clash of contrasts promises to be the game of the group stage

When the draw for the FIFA World Cup was confirmed in April, even a total football novice could put their finger on this fixture to be the match of the group stages.

Add to that what’s on the line. Coach Hansi Flick described the game as Germany’s “first final” of this tournament, knowing another defeat, following their shock 1-2 loss to Japan on Wednesday, would more or less guarantee their elimination at the group stage for the second consecutive World Cup for the very first time. One way or another, this promises to be an unmissable spectacle of football drama. (Read More)

Germany stood up for what matters; now to regain that winning mentality to once again stand tall

Players from Germany pose for the team photo as they cover their mouth during the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. (AP)

A group exit in the 2018 World Cup; a round-of-sixteen ouster in the Euros; and another group stage departure looms in Qatar, if they lose to Spain on Sunday evening. The perennial tournament team, four-time World Cup winners, three-time European champions—they even have coined a word for that in Germany, turniermannschaft, or the (big) tournament team, and for good reason—now ripped off their most enduring identity. In the past, less-gifted, less-skilled German teams, with little odds for a prolonged run, have entered the World Cup but gnawed and gnashed and gritted their path of glory.

Oh that familiar German mentality. Thomas Muller had once said: “The decisive factor is that we not only have class, we have a mentality, These players know how to win, they’ve proven it. We’re not just anyone.” (Read More) 

Hansi Flick breaks FIFA rules by handling press duties alone

Germany coach Hansi Flick during the press conference. (Reuters)

Germany manager Hansi Flick defied FIFA rules as he sat alone for the press conference ahead of their crucial Group E clash against Spain on Sunday. The FIFA rules suggest a player alongside the manager must appear at a press conference the day before a game, but Flick told his players to focus on training.

Since all media briefings have to be at FIFA’s main media centre in Doha, the German coach had to travel over 200 km from their Al Shamal training base for the pre-match press conference. (Read More)

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First published on: 27-11-2022 at 13:30 IST
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