DOHA: Last World Cup’s finalists Croatia maintained their unbeaten run within the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 as they hammered spirited Canada 4-1 to move nearer to securing a Round of 16 berth.
Last world cup’s runners-up, who had been surprised by the two-minute strike from Canada’s Alphonso Davies, held their nerves at hand John Herdman’s facet a 4-1 thrashing and knocked them out of the title race.
Canada failed to hold on their domination and failed to carry on to their early lead as Andrej Kramaric took simply 34 minutes to fireside an equalizer for his facet.
Marko Livaja then put Croatia in command earlier than halftime as he obtained the ball near Canada’s penalty space and took a contact earlier than firing it into the nets.
Croatia continued to dominate nervy Canada within the second half and the sport slipped out of Herdman’s males’s grasp within the 70th minute when Kramaric scored his double as he took a contact to carry himself nearer to the woodwork earlier than firing a low shot into the underside nook.
Lovro Majer then added additional to the distress of Canada with a late strike off Mislav Orsic’s help, who burst into the penalty space earlier than squaring it to Majer for the simple end.
Following the victory, Croatia occupied the highest spot in Group F standings – forward of Morocco on purpose distinction – and a draw of their ultimate recreation towards Belgium on Thursday would assure they reach the final 16.