Croatia face a spirited Canada aspect of their second World Cup group sport on Monday afternoon.
Zlatko Dalic’s runners-up kicked off their bid to go one higher with a restrained 0-0 draw towards Morocco on Wednesday morning. There was little reticence about Canada’s full-throttle assault on Belgium later that night.
John Herdman’s aspect outshot the 2018 bronze medallists 22 to 9 however had been left to rue Alphonso Davies’ first-half penalty miss in a bitter 1-0 defeat.
This is every part it’s essential to find out about Canada’s continued seek for a maiden World Cup purpose and level.
Croatia vs Canada H2H Outcomes (All Time)
Croatia and Canada have by no means met in males’s worldwide soccer.
Present Type (Final 5 Video games)
Croatia group information
Dalic misplaced Nikola Vlasic to a calf downside towards Morocco. However fellow ahead Marko Livaja got here on within the second half after recovering from a quadriceps contusion which had hampered his buildup to the competitors.
Croatia Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic.
Bench: Grbic, Ivusic, Erlic, Vida, Sutalo, Barisic, Stanisic, Jakic, Sucic, Majer, Osric, Livaja, Petkovic, Budimir.
Canada group information
Doubts lingered over Davies, Stephen Eustaquio and goalkeeper Milan Borjan earlier than Canada lined up towards Belgium. Nevertheless, all three overcame numerous illnesses to start out towards the Purple Devils – positions they might properly retain this weekend.
Canada Beginning 11 (3-4-3): Borjan; Johnston, Vitoria, Miller; Laryea, Eustaquio, Hutchinson, Davies; Buchanan, David, Hoilett.
Bench: St. Clair, Pantemis, Cornelius, Waterman, Piette, Fraser, Larin, Kaye, Kone, Osorio, Millar, Wotherspoon, Cavallini, Ugbo, Adekugbe.
Luka Modric echoed the ideas of his supervisor when he steered that Croatia performed inside themselves towards Morocco. Regardless of the scoreline, Canada actually could not be accused of any underperformance – a lot to the satisfaction of their defiant head coach.
“I instructed [the players] they belong right here, and we’re going to go and ‘F’ Croatia. That’s so simple as it will get,” Herdman declared on the remaining whistle.
This wily Croatia aspect is the favorite heading into Sunday’s fixture – however not by the margin many could have imagined. If Canada can replicate the daring method that so practically paid off towards Belgium, they might receive a extra deserving reward on this group F matchup.
Prediction: Croatia 1-1 Canada