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 combating again after Alphonso Davies received his nation off to a flying begin by scoring their first ever World Cup aim.

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 sport’s first assault.

Croatia didn’t panic after falling behind, although, and created quite a few possibilities, with striker Andrej Kramaric seeing a aim 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 go, and Marko Livaja put Croatia forward with a rasping drive from the sting of the field.

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

Hoffenheim frontman Kramaric received 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 might have scored a aim, however they’re nonetheless ready for his or her first level in a World Cup group match and now can’t qualify for the final 16.

Croatia hold their cool

You may need anticipated the primary assembly between Croatia and Canada to be an easy affair – in reality it was something however, with a confrontation happening beforehand.

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

As soon as on the pitch, Canada regarded 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 aim, having been born in a refugee camp after his mother and father fled civil battle 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 stored their cool to hit again.

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

Jonathan Osorio struck inches vast shortly after approaching as a second-half substitute as Canada – who’re taking part in of their first World Cup since 1986 – regarded to discover a approach 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 snug 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


  1. Squad quantity8Participant identifyKovacic

  2. Squad quantity9Participant identifyKramaric

  3. Squad quantity4Participant identifyPerisic

  4. Squad quantity7Participant identifyMajer

  5. Squad quantity10Participant identifyModric

  6. Squad quantity18Participant identifyOrsic

  7. Squad quantity13Participant identifyVlasic

  8. Squad quantity22Participant identifyJuranovic

  9. Squad quantity15Participant identifyPasalic

  10. Squad quantity14Participant identifyLivaja

  11. Squad quantity20Participant identifyGvardiol

  12. Squad quantity11Participant identifyBrozovic

  13. Squad quantity19Participant identifySosa

  14. Squad quantity16Participant identifyPetkovic

  15. Squad quantity6Participant identifyLovren

  16. Squad quantity1Participant identifyLivakovic


  1. Squad quantity19Participant identifyDavies

  2. Squad quantity11Participant identifyBuchanan

  3. Squad quantity17Participant identifyLarin

  4. Squad quantity20Participant identifyDavid

  5. Squad quantity7Participant identifyEustáquio

  6. Squad quantity13Participant identifyHutchinson

  7. Squad quantity22Participant identifyLaryea

  8. Squad quantity2Participant identifyJohnston

  9. Squad quantity9Participant identifyCavallini

  10. Squad quantity21Participant identifyOsorio

  11. Squad quantity15Participant identifyKoné

  12. Squad quantity10Participant identifyHoilett

  13. Squad quantity18Participant identifyBorjan

  14. Squad quantity3Participant identifyAdekugbe

  15. Squad quantity4Participant identifyMiller

  16. Squad quantity5Participant identifyVitória



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


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


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


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

Andrés Matonte


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