HT – After an early lead with Davies scoring the first-ever objective for Canada on the World Cup, Canada path Croatia 2-1 on the half. Depart your ideas within the feedback!
45 +5 Somebody carry Borjan his sweatpants!
45 +2’ Canada’s midfield trying very susceptible.
44’ GOAL CROATIA! Marko Livaja offers Croatia a 2-1 lead with a transparent shot on objective.
42’ David must get on the ball extra. Croatia’s midfield is pushing Hutchinson farther again.
41’ Sport is halted for a short minute as Stephen Eustaquio picks up a knock letting the physio are available. It could be a minor damage however seems like he is ready to proceed.
38’ Canada’s proper facet is being eaten up by Ivan Perisic. Johnston getting again and doing every part he can to forestall an assault is resulting in more room in between Canada’s defence.
37’ GOAL CROATIA! Andrej Kramaric equalizes and we now have a tie sport!
35’ Marko Livaja drills a shot in direction of the Canadian objective, however Borjan pulls off a straightforward save.
33’ Tajon Buchanan, not solely can he assault, he may also defend, too!
32’ Davies swings in a free kick, however is unable to search out any teammates within the field. However Davies has been on FIRE at present.
29’ There’s extra objectives to return for certain. Finish to finish stuff with questionable defending from each side.
25’ Andrej Kramaric places the ball at the back of the online, however the objective is dominated offside. Canada has to tighten up on the again.
22’ Croatia’s Marko Livaja comes near scoring, however directed his shot straight on the Canadian goalkeeper.
20’ Poor defending results in a Davies counter-attack, however he’s unable to get a cross in to his teammates.
17’ Perišić steals the ball in Canada’s field and goes down simply, ref blows for a foul towards the Croatian.
15’ Canada taking part in wonderful soccer to date. Cyle Larin with one other alternative within the field however one of many Croatian defenders clears it away.
13’ – FACTS.
In hindsight, Canada scored early into their fifth World Cup match. Due to this fact Canada > Lewandowski— Martyn Bailey (@martyn_bailey) November 27, 2022
10’ – Love this.
9’ – Cyle Larin tries to get on the tip of a ball, however is flagged offside. Wonderful probability.
7’ – Nonetheless making an attempt to know on this second we now reside in. Alphonso Davies = nationwide hero. Wow.
4’- Canada persevering with to assault.
2’ – GOAL! CANADA Alphonso Davies knocks in a header!! OMG! First objective for the Canadian males’s nationwide staff at a World Cup!
1’ – Right here we go!
10:56 am EST – OH CANADA! I get chills each time they play this on the world stage.
10:50 am EST – Able to make historical past. Let’s go Canada!
10:46 am EST – Part of our Canadian heritage.
10:41 am EST – Canadian anthem outdoors the stadium in Doha. We’ve come a good distance.
10:16 am EST – DONEIL HENRY SIGHTING! Seems like he’ll stand with Herdman alongside the sidelines at present.
9:50 am EST – Hutchinson makes his one hundredth look for his nation!
9:45 am EST – CANADA’s beginning XI is HERE! Just one change: Cyle Larin in for Junior Hoilett.
9:38 am EST – Canada can not afford to lose at present.
So far as I am conscious, listed here are the permutations for Canada vs Croatia primarily based on Belgium vs MoroccoThe #CanMNT CANNOT lose todayA Belgium win offers Canada essentially the most leeway, a draw leaves issues open, and a Morocco win tightens issues up but additionally openHere’s the tiebreakers pic.twitter.com/TgmsDwt0fh— Alexandre Gangué-Ruzic (@AlexGangueRuzic) November 27, 2022
9:35 am EST – The stage is ready. Canada’s largest sport up to now.
The Canadian males’s nationwide staff has by no means not misplaced on the FIFA World Cup. 4 matches, 4 losses. Six objectives conceded, zero scored. Sunday’s match towards Croatia can change all of that. It has to if Canada are to reside to combat one other day in Group F.
After a disappointing loss to Belgium during which Canada was the higher of the 2 sides for giant parts of the match, the Canucks should now keep away from defeat if they’re to have any hope of advancing out of their group.
Irrespective of the results of Sunday’s different Group F encounter between Belgium and Morocco, if Canada lose to Croatia they are going to be mathematically eradicated from competing within the knockout stage earlier than they even take the pitch towards the Atlas Lions on December 1st.
Canada head coach John Herdman has stolen nearly all the headlines prematurely of kickoff after his fiery put up match interview, and the response from the Croatian media.
Maybe it’s all a part of the plan à la José Mourinho. Or maybe the large event received the higher of Canada’s often calculated chief. Regardless, Les Rouges want to show a constructive efficiency towards Belgium right into a constructive end result towards Croatia.
Herdman famous that he has a “full roster to select from” in his pre-match media availability on Saturday, perhaps a delicate trace that there may very well be some adjustments to the lineup.
Canada’s typical 3-4-2-1 matched up effectively towards Belgium’s again three, however Croatia poses a distinct form and problem.
Although the personnel has modified, the system stays the identical from Croatia’s run to the 2018 World Cup closing. Zlatko Dalić nearly all the time traces up the Vatreni with 4 defenders and a three-man midfield, trying to dominate time on the ball and make the most of the power of their midfield to cross their approach by the opposition. Anticipate to see the trio of Marcelo Brozović, Mateo Kovačić and Luka Modrić in the midst of the park on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.
Croatia’s current type highlights the truth that they’re a facet which assaults effectively and defends resolutely. The Balkan nation hasn’t conceded multiple objective in a match of their final seven outings, with 4 clear sheets alongside the way in which. That run consists of two wins towards Denmark, in addition to a win and a draw towards the French. Joško Gvardiol, among the finest younger defenders within the sport, will doubtless begin alongside the veteran Dejan Lovren within the coronary heart of the Croatian defence.
The attacking output has been extra of a fear for Croatia, particularly following their goalless draw with Morocco. Croatia held a lot of the possession and sprayed passes round endlessly, however couldn’t end their restricted probabilities.
There are some query marks surrounding who Dalić ought to begin at striker. Andrej Kramarić struggled towards Morocco, with the Hoffenheim ahead having scored simply as soon as in his final six worldwide appearances. It wouldn’t be an enormous shock to see Bruno Petkovic get the nod up prime as he can excel together with his again to objective.
After taking the sport to Belgium, it will likely be fascinating to see Canada’s sport plan on this subsequent match. Croatia will demand to be on the ball greater than the Belgians did, however in want of a end result, Herdman could push his facet to press excessive up the pitch as soon as extra.
A change in form may very well be within the offing for Canada if Herdman feels the necessity to match the 4 defender formation of Croatia. The system seen towards Belgium could change to a basic 4-4-2. Sam Adekugbe might step in at left-back, with Cyle Larin taking part in from the beginning beside Jonathan David as Canada goals for his or her first-ever World Cup objective.
Herdman hardly ever selects three central midfielders and a World Cup match doesn’t seem to be the time to tinker an excessive amount of with ways. Stephen Eustáquio could need to be a bit extra conservative as he retains tabs on Luka Modrić. Alphonso Davies and Tajon Buchanan needs to be given loads of freedom to get excessive up the wings.
One matchup to look out for can be Alistair Johnston versus Ivan Perisic on Canada’s proper. Croatia lack a pure winger on their proper, a lot of their attacking play goes by the Spurs huge man. His pace and craft will have to be accounted for. Johnston was strong towards Belgium and the Celtic-linked defender will have to be alert as soon as once more.
Sunday’s match kicks off at 11a.m. ET and will be watched on TSN.
Kickoff time: 11:00 am EST
Stadium: Khalifa Worldwide Stadium (Doha)