The Checkered Ones claimed the three points in a hard-fought battle against Canada.
Croatia defeated Canada 4-1 in their World Cup game on Sunday. Alphonso Davies made history by scoring Canada’s first-ever World Cup goal. But that wasn’t enough to prevent Croatia’s return to snatch the win.
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Canada stunned their opponents with a second-minute goal from Alphonso Davies.
Following a precise cross Tajon Buchanan, the Bayern Munich left-back made it 1-0 for the North American side with a powerful header.
Canada then did a good job of controlling the game for most of the first period. But Croatia’s growing pressure finally broke their resistance in the 36th minute.
A brilliant assist from Ivan Perisic saw Andrej Kramaric make it 1-1 with a clever finish. Croatia then increased the pressure on their opponents’ backline, completing their comeback through Marko Livaja in the 44th minute.
Canada struggled to find their feet in the game at the beginning of the second half as Croatia continued their attacks.
Following a few missed chances, Kramaric completed his brace in the 70th minute. Another assist from Perisic saw the Hoffenheim star latch onto the ball inside the box before making it 3-1 with a powerful low shot.
Canada then went all in with their attacks in the final ten minutes, but that only resulted in more counterattacking chances for the Checkered Ones.
Lovro Majer put the icing on the cake for Croatia by scoring their fourth goal of the night in the 94th minute. The goal sealed a crucial win for the World Cup runner-ups, sending them to Group F’s top spot.
Croatia can secure their place in the last-16 round by avoiding defeat against Belgium on Thursday. Elsewhere in the group, Canada will play their last game in Qatar against Morocco.