Canada and Croatia each did not win their opening group video games, with Sunday’s showdown between the 2 taking over added significance in race to qualify from Group F. Belgium are lengthy odds-on to win the group with Croatia, Canada and Morocco all set to battle it out for second place.
Final version’s runner-ups, Croatia, didn’t get off to a powerful begin to their World Cup marketing campaign as have been held to a disappointing 0-0 stalemate towards underdogs Morocco.
Regardless of dominating possession towards the African group, the Croats have been unable to carve out significant possibilities within the closing third. They couldn’t afford any extra slip ups, and should win this recreation to keep away from dealing with Belgium in a do-or-die match.
Alternatively, the Maple Leafs showcased that regardless of their relative inexperience at World Cup, with their final participation coming in 1986, they’re no pushovers at this yr’s match, and actually gave second-ranked Belgium run for his or her cash, going toe-to-toe in what was a fearless show.
Whereas it was a disappointing outcome for Canada, supervisor John Herdman will probably be eager to deal with the positives of their efficiency. The North American’s have been enterprising all through and had justifiable share of spells of dominance within the high-intensity recreation.
If talismanic wide-man Alphonso Davies had not botched the Tenth-minute penalty, the story may have turned out very fairly in a different way, probably triggering one other giant-killing at this yr’s World Cup. Regardless, they are going to be aiming to place one other sturdy exhibiting towards one other established European aspect in Croatia.
Croatia vs Canada confirmed lineups
Croatia XI (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Livaja, Kramaric, Perisic
Canada XI (3-4-3): Borjan; Johnston, Vitoria, Miller; Laryea, Hutchinson, Eustaquio, Davies; Buchanan, Larin, David
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Croatia and Canada’s upcoming World Cup fixtures
With mighty Belgium being their closing group recreation, Croatia could be determined to seize three-points right here as it might put them in an important place for qualification into the knockout rounds, particularly if Morocco fail to get something out of their recreation towards Belgium.
Canada will face Morocco to complete their group marketing campaign, and will probably be hoping get one thing out of this recreation to maintain their qualification hopes alive heading into closing matchday.