They turned the game around in a beautiful way. After the Croatia-Canada match, they lost their chances of promotion

In the second round of the World Cup group stage, the Croatians finally played their potential. It’s true that they started off in the worst possible way, but then they showed class.

Croatia – Canada. Alphonso Davies punished opponents

I don’t think anyone expected such a stunning start to the John Herdman accusations. The team took the lead in the first game, with Buchanan crossing from the right and Davies taking advantage of Juranovic’s hesitation to head towards Livakovic. It seemed that at the very beginning of the action he could have been offside, but in the end nothing like that happened.

In the minutes that followed, the North American team proved even more dangerous, although less deadly than at the start of the confrontation. The Croats woke up only after 25 minutes, when, moreover, they touched the net. Kramarić beat Borjan on a lightning counterattack, although he only enjoyed the goal for a few seconds. The referee rightly whistled Livaji offside. The same striker also fired a dangerous shot a few minutes later when he hit the Canadian goalkeeper at close range.

Mundial 2022. A thunderous end to the first half

In the end, however, the Balkan side equalized after the 36th minute action. Perisic then collected a ball on the left side and from the first ball he played Kramaric. He was balanced on the offside line again, but this time he dodged it and, in an instant, he put the ball into the net with a flat shot.

Moreover, even before the break, Zlatko Dalić’s side took the lead thanks to Juranoivic’s pass to Livaja and the latter’s flat shot. The Hajduka Split player fired a shot from the edge of the penalty area and placed the ball perfectly against the post.

Andrej Kramaric determined the result of the match between Croatia and Canada

After the restart, the Croats continued to put pressure on their opponents, creating many chances to increase the score. The other thing was that their views were unregulated. Suffice it to mention the action in which Kramarić – completely uncovered – hit more or less from the spot from which the shots are taken, and always hit Borjan directly. Another time, Perisic crossed a colleague without supervision in such a way that he played directly into the “basket” of the goalkeeper.

The European side finally got what they wanted as they made it 3-1 in the 70th minute thanks to the actions of Perisic and Kramaric. The former crossed perfectly to the uncovered attacker, and the attacker took the ball, faked the approaching rival’s swing and shot effectively on the ground. In added time, Majer made it 4-1 after a counterattack with Orsic. Canada’s last defender, Hutchinson, missed with a ball, so two of his rivals rushed towards Borjan and gave him no chance to defend.

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