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

Croatia crushed any hopes Canada had of progressing in Qatar, with the 2018 finalists fighting back after Alphonso Davies got his country off to a flying start by scoring their first ever World Cup goal.

Bayern Munich winger Davies put Canada ahead after only 68 seconds, darting into the box and meeting Tajon Buchanan’s cross with a towering header in the game’s first attack.

Croatia did not panic after falling behind, though, and created numerous chances, with striker Andrej Kramaric seeing a goal ruled out for offside.

The former Leicester player did equalise when he found the net with a first-time angled shot from Ivan Perisic’s pass, and Marko Livaja put Croatia ahead with a rasping drive from the edge of the box.

Kramaric was denied by Milan Borjan’s fine save in the second half, and at the other end, Dominik Livakovic acrobatically tipped over Jonathan David’s long-range curler.

Hoffenheim frontman Kramaric got his second of the game by coolly converting into the far corner, and substitute Lovro Majer wrapped up the match by netting in injury time.

Canada may have scored a goal, but they are still waiting for their first point in a World Cup group match and now cannot qualify for the last 16.

Croatia keep their cool

You might have expected the first meeting between Croatia and Canada to be a straightforward affair – in fact it was anything but, with a war of words taking place beforehand.

Canada’s English boss John Herdman said before the game they would “eff Croatia”, with opposition manager Zlatko Dalic responding by saying that was not a “sign of respect”.

Once on the pitch, Canada looked to stick to their word by scoring inside just two minutes courtesy of star winger Davies’ tremendous header.

It was a wonderful moment for the 22-year-old to net his country’s first World Cup goal, having been born in a refugee camp after his parents fled civil war in Liberia and moved to Canada when he was five.

But the joy and exuberance of youth turned to despair against a wily Croatia who have vast experience and kept their cool to hit back.

They put a ragged Canada backline under pressure, and Kramaric’s leveller and Livaja’s lovely strike on the stroke of half-time turned the game around.

Jonathan Osorio struck inches wide shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute as Canada – who are playing in their first World Cup since 1986 – looked to find a way back into the game.

But Kramaric struck again from a second Perisic assist, gloriously taking down the cross and stroking in, before Majer punished Kamal Miller’s horrible mistake as Croatia ended up comfortable winners.

They have now lost just once in their last 18 outings, and must face world number two side Belgium on Thursday to secure a spot in the next round.

Player of the match

DaviesAlphonso Davies


Squad number8Player nameKovacic

Squad number9Player nameKramaric

Squad number4Player namePerisic

Squad number7Player nameMajer

Squad number10Player nameModric

Squad number18Player nameOrsic

Squad number13Player nameVlasic

Squad number22Player nameJuranovic

Squad number15Player namePasalic

Squad number14Player nameLivaja

Squad number20Player nameGvardiol

Squad number11Player nameBrozovic

Squad number19Player nameSosa

Squad number16Player namePetkovic

Squad number6Player nameLovren

Squad number1Player nameLivakovic


Squad number19Player nameDavies

Squad number11Player nameBuchanan

Squad number17Player nameLarin

Squad number20Player nameDavid

Squad number7Player nameEustáquio

Squad number13Player nameHutchinson

Squad number22Player nameLaryea

Squad number2Player nameJohnston

Squad number9Player nameCavallini

Squad number21Player nameOsorio

Squad number15Player nameKoné

Squad number10Player nameHoilett

Squad number18Player nameBorjan

Squad number3Player nameAdekugbe

Squad number4Player nameMiller

Squad number5Player nameVitória



Formation 4-3-3





1Livakovic22Juranovic6LovrenBooked at 56mins20Gvardiol19Sosa10ModricBooked at 85minsSubstituted forPasalicat 86’minutes11Brozovic8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 86’minutes9KramaricSubstituted forVlasicat 73’minutes14LivajaSubstituted forPetkovicat 60’minutes4PerisicSubstituted forOrsicat 86’minutesSubstitutes2Stanisic3Barisic5Erlic7Majer12Grbic13Vlasic15Pasalic16Petkovic17Budimir18Orsic23Ivusic24Sutalo25Sucic26Jakic


Formation 4-4-2





18Borjan2Johnston5Vitória4MillerBooked at 85mins22LaryeaSubstituted forHoilettat 62’minutes11BuchananBooked at 52mins13HutchinsonSubstituted forAdekugbeat 73’minutes7EustáquioSubstituted forKonéat 45’minutes19Davies20DavidSubstituted forCavalliniat 72’minutes17LarinSubstituted forOsorioat 45’minutesSubstitutes1St. Clair3Adekugbe6Piette8Fraser9Cavallini10Hoilett12Ugbo14Kaye15Koné16Pantemis21Osorio23Millar24Wotherspoon25Cornelius26Waterman

Referee:Andrés Matonte


Live Text

Match ends, Croatia 4, Canada 1.

Second Half ends, Croatia 4, Canada 1.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Kamal Miller.

Junior Hoilett (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia).

Goal! Croatia 4, Canada 1. Lovro Majer (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mislav Orsic following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Steven Vitória (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lovro Majer (Croatia).

Foul by Steven Vitória (Canada).

Bruno Petkovic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mislav Orsic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Petkovic.

Substitution, Croatia. Mario Pasalic replaces Luka Modric.

Substitution, Croatia. Lovro Majer replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Substitution, Croatia. Mislav Orsic replaces Ivan Perisic.

Junior Hoilett (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia).

Luka Modric (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

Kamal Miller (Canada) is shown the yellow card.

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