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Andrej Kramaric of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the World Cup Group F soccer match between Croatia and Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Sunday (November 27th). 2022.
Croatia won 4-1 against Canada.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, AL RAYYAN — Croatia proved too tough for Canada. Having fallen behind at the start of the match, finalist The 2018 World Cup ended the encounter with a 4-1 victory over Canada in the fourth game of Group F for the 2022 World Cup on Monday (28/11/2022) early morning WIB.
The victory of the match which took place at the Khalifa International Stadium allowed Croatia to take the lead in the Group F table. Despite the same points, Vatreni, the nickname of Croatia, leads on goal difference Morocco, who takes third place.
Meanwhile, for Canada, this defeat ensured the end of the progression of one of the CONCACAF representatives at Qatar 2022. Having lost the first two matches and only one game to play, Alphonse Davis and his friends fell bottom of the Group F standings without earning a single point. .
Canada actually started this fight quite impressively. Alphonso Davies’ header into the penalty area hit hard against Croatia. The Bayern Munich wing-back managed to maximize a symbolic cross from Tajon Buchanan from the left side of the Croatian defence.
This goal really surprised the defense of Vatreni, Croatia’s nickname. Naturally, this goal was created in the 120th second. Until matchday seven of the 2022 World Cup, Davies’ goal was the fastest goal of the inaugural edition of the World Cup in the Middle East region.
Even so, winning quickly was not enough for Canada to really compete with the finalists of the last edition of the World Cup. Luka Modric and company show composure and better technical skills. In the 36th minute, Andrej Kramaric fired hard from inside the penalty area after receiving a cross from Ivan Perisic.
Kramaric’s kick landed in the bottom right corner of Canada’s goal as Croatia leveled. Determination, technical excellence and experience eventually became Croatia’s main capital to be able to turn around in the lead. In the 44th minute, Marko Livaja snatched the Canadian goal via a hard kick from the edge of the penalty area. The first half of this game also belonged to Vatreni.
Croatia’s superiority, especially in terms of technical ability and playing structure, showed again in the second half. Vatreni has always known how to escape the pressure of Canada. Even when building attacks. Croatia proved more effective in posing threats. Of the eight shots taken by the Croatian players, six were straight on goal.
On the other hand, Canada looks difficult to really threaten the goal of the team of Zlatko Dalic. Canada’s attack often stopped in front of the Croatian penalty area. In the 70th minute, Croatia doubled their advantage thanks to Kramaric’s goal.
The 31-year-old striker scored his second goal in the game after receiving a cross from Perisic. After beating a Canadian defender, the Hoffenheim striker then fired a shot aimed at the bottom left corner of John Herdman’s team goal.
Croatia has finally really confirmed its superiority over Canada. In the third minute of added time, Croatia scored the fourth goal of the match via Lovro Majer’s score. Starting from Mislav Orsic’s success in snatching the ball from midfield, Lovro only had to finish the attack.
Goalkeepers: Livakovic Back: Juranovic, Lovren, Grvardiol, Midfielder Sosa: Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic Forward: Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Goalkeepers: Borjan Back: Laryea, Miller, Vitoria, Johnston Center: Davies, Estaquio, Hutchinson, Buchanan Forward: Larin, David
Coach: John Herman
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