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World Cup 2022: Croatia turns the game against Canada and keeps the chance for the round of 16


Croatia only wobbled briefly and thanks to two goals from Andrej Kramarić comfortably prevailed against Canada. The North Americans are out - although Alphonso Davies made history in the second minute.

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Canada's Alphonso Davies (right) in a duel against Croatia's Luka Modrić


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Thanks to a 4-1 (2-1) win against Canada, Croatia still has every chance of reaching the round of 16.

The 2018 runners-up are in first place in Group F before the final third matchday with four points ahead of the Moroccans, who are tied on points and defeated third-placed Belgium in the afternoon.

The goals for Croatia were scored by Andrej Kramarić (36 minutes and 70'), Marko Livaja (44') and Lovro Majer (90'+4').

Before that, Bayern star Alphonso Davies gave Canada the lead (2nd) and made history with his goal.

The headed goal was Canada's first goal at a World Cup finals, Canada's only appearance so far in 1986 being eliminated without a point or goal.

This time, too, Canada is already over after the preliminary round,

Davies put Canada ahead with the first dangerous action.

Winger Tajon Buchanan crossed from the right into the middle, where Davies escaped his guards and scored the fastest goal of the World Cup so far with a header (2nd).

On the first day of the game against Belgium, the Canadian star player missed a penalty.

Croatia looked shocked, even in the minutes after the lead Canada remained the better team.

Davies in particular was on the move all over the place and caused danger again and again with his speed.

Only after about 20 minutes did Croatia get into the game better and scored the supposed equalizer.

Marko Livaja served Kramarić, who also put the ball in the goal, but was just offside at the moment of the pass.

After that, the pressure from the Croatians increased, and the 2018 vice world champion created several promising chances.

First Livaja was denied by Canada's keeper Milan Borjan (35'), then Kramarić struck.

The Hoffenheim pro got the ball from Ivan Perišić, kept calm in the penalty area and deliberately converted it to make it 1-1 (36 ').

The Canadians seemed shocked and couldn't continue their initial urge phase.

Canada falls short

Instead, Croatia kept up the pace and turned the game around before half-time.

With a bit of luck, right-back Josip Juranović brought the ball to attacker Livaja, who shot the ball into the bottom left corner from around 17 meters (44').

Canada improved again in the second half, but Croatia's Kramarić had the best chance, shooting in at keeper Borjan from around eleven meters (54').

In the meantime, Canada's captain Atiba Hutchinson, who had a nosebleed in his 100th international match and briefly played with a tampon in his right nostril, caused astonishment.

Canada still tried a few things from behind, but it rarely became really dangerous.

Instead, Kramarić decided the game with his second goal (70') after being freed by Perišić.

After that, Croatia brought the victory safely over time, Majer even scored the fourth goal after a counterattack (90+4).

Croatia meets Belgium on Thursday at 4pm, while Canada and Morocco play at the same time.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-11-27

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