AA / Montreal / Hatem Kattou
Croatia beat Canada on Sunday by four goals to one at Khalifa Stadium in Doha in a match counting for the second day of Group F at the 2022 World Cup.
The first half ended in an advantage in favor of Croatia (2-1).
Canada is thus the second selection eliminated from the Qatari World Cup, after the host country; the two teams having each suffered two defeats in their first two games played.
The match got off to a flying start, when the Croats conceded a goal in the second minute of the game, the work of Alphonso Davies, the left side of Bayern Munich.
This is the first goal scored by Canada in a World Cup, after a first participation in the Mexican World Cup in 1986, which participation was punctuated by three losses wiped in as many games played and no goals scored.
The Bavarian’s goal is the fastest goal in this World Cup after 27 games. With an angry and diving header, Davies managed to deceive the vigilance of the Croatian goalkeeper, Dominik Livaković, by concluding a vertical attack carried out at lightning speed
Croatia came back into the match in the 36th minute, through Andrej Kramaric, a member of German club TSG Hoffenheim.
Continuing their momentum, the teammates of the indefatigable Madrid Luka Modric, doubled the mark, a few minutes later and just before the end of the first half, taking advantage of the wavering of the opposing defense.
It is Marki Livaja, an attacker who plays in the local championship within the Hajduk Split club, who confirms the return of his people to their usual level, they who are the finalists of the last edition of the World Cup (Russia 2018).
The same Kramaric, author of the first goal, tripled the bet after the lemon break and scored his second goal in the 70th minute.
With this double, Kramaric registers the 31st and 32nd achievements in selection.
Stade Rennes midfielder (French Ligue 1), Lovro Majer, closed the Croatian festival by scoring a fourth goal in added time in the second half (90+4).
During the third day, decisive to determine the two nations which will qualify for the next round, and which will take place on Wednesday, Canada, which no longer has any stakes, will face Morocco, at the same time as the two European selections of the group will cross swords.
If Belgium is forced to win it, Morocco and Croatia, on pole and better position, will be able to settle for a draw to score their qualification ticket for the round of 16.
Thanks to this clear victory, Croatia are ranked first in group F with four points to their credit, while Morocco, who also have the same number of points, are second with a less favorable goal difference.
Canada, meanwhile, is bottom of the group with zero points on the clock and an elimination at the end of the second day.
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