Canada took the lead after just two minutes when Alphonso Davies headed in a beautiful cross from Tajon Buchanan. Davies’ goal marks the Canada men’s first-ever World Cup goal after the 1986 side failed to score in Mexico.
Croatia striker Andrej Kramarić slid the ball cleanly into the far corner of the net after a pass from Ivan Perišić to level the game in the 37th minute.
Minutes later, striker Marko Livaja found some space on the edge of the box and fired a powerful shot into the bottom corner, past goalkeeper Milan Borjan to make it 2-1 for Croatia just before half-time.
Canada made two substitutions early in the second half, bringing on midfielders Ismaël Koné and Jonathan Osorio for Stephen Eustaquio and Cyle Larin.
In the 70th minute, Croatia extended their lead with Kramarić’s second goal of the game and set themselves up with a good first touch to coolly put the ball in goal and end Canada’s World Cup hopes by a thread.
After a mistake by Canada defender Kamal Miller, Lovro Majer struck the hypothetical nail in Canada’s coffin with a counterattack in added time to put them 4-1.
The defeat effectively knocks Canada out of the World Cup, but they will play Morocco in their final group game on Thursday.
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Canada face another tough test on Sunday after losing a hard-fought game to Belgium on Wednesday. They meet 2018 runners-up Croatia, who drew 0-0 with Morocco in their opening game.
Canada have been drawn into Group F and there are no easy sides to beat. Canada’s opponents are second-placed Belgium, twelfth-placed Croatia and twenty-second-placed Morocco. Canada is currently ranked 41st, far from reaching the round of 16.
Davies is Canada’s top player and a legitimate superstar on the world stage. David is making his mark playing for Lille in France’s top flight. Other names that could be influential include Stephen Eustáquio, Tajon Buchanan and Cyle Larin.
You can find the full squad here.
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