Croatia vs Canada live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 Group F match as Alphonso Davies gives Canada their first World Cup goal

By | November 27, 2022

Three massive points are at stake when Croatia and Canada meet in a FIFA World Cup Group F match, as both nations seek a victory that would put them in a strong position to advance to the Round of 16 as one of the top two finishers in the group.

The Canadian team earned praise around the globe after playing Belgium off the park in their first World Cup match since 1986. However, they lost 1-0 and will be desperate to get something from the Croatia match, with Morocco waiting on the final matchday next Thursday.

World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia are, on paper, the stronger side, with several players who ply their trade at Europe’s top clubs. However, they looked average in their opener against Morocco, which finished 0-0.

They’ll have some extra motivation when they face Canada on Sunday courtesy of a comment from Les Rouges coach John Herdman, which Croatia didn’t take that well.

Herdman told a Canadian national TV audience that his message to his team after the Belgium loss was to go out and “eff Croatia” in the next game.

A Croatian tabloid newspaper caught wind and published a cover with a doctored image of a naked Herdman, crudely asking whether he and Canada had the guts to show it on the field. The Toronto Sun answered in kind on his behalf, and Croatia’s manager demanded respect.

The back-and-forth has only served to raise the flame under a match that shouldn’t take too long to boil over.

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Croatia vs Canada live score

  1H 2H Final
Croatia 0
Canada 1

2nd min — CAN — Alphonso Davies

Confirmed starting lineups:

Croatia (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 24. Sutalo, 20. Gvardiol, 19. Sosa — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 7. Majer, 14. Livaja, 4. Perisic

Canada (3-4-3, right to left): 18. Borjan (GK) — 2. Johnston, 5. Vitoria, 4. Miller — 11. Buchanan, 7. Eustaquio, 13. Hutchinson, 3. Adekugbe — 20. David, 17. Larin, 19. Davies

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LIVE Group F standings

1. Morocco 4 2 1 0 1 2 0 +2
2. Canada 3 2 1 1 0 1 1 0
3. Belgium 3 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1
4. Croatia 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1

Croatia vs Canada live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup

Croatia vs. Canada: First half

9th min: Chance, Canada! Cyle Larin is clean through on goal and nearly has a second, but he’s blocked away with good goalkeeping from Dominik Livakovic. The flag goes up, so it wouldn’t have counted anyways, and the replay shows he was well off. In the end it’s a great offside trap from the Croatian defense.

7th min: A YIKES moment for Milan Borjan in goal for Canada as he spills a deflected cross right on the goal line, but there’s no Croatian player to pounce and it’s ultimately not punished.

6th min: Khalifa International Stadium is ENERGIZED with this early start from Canada. It’s LOUD.

2nd min: GOAL! CANADA! Canada have their first-ever World Cup goal, and it had to be Alphonso Davies! A perfect delivery from Tajon Buchanan comes into space in the penalty are, and Davies charges in front of the Croatian defender and delivers a TOWERING header! No saving that!

WHAT a start for Canada, as Croatia falls asleep at the back!

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1st min: National anthems are complete, and this match is under way! Lots of storylines around this game, which will now shape the other half of Group F following Morocco’s win over Belgium.

Croatia vs. Canada: Pre-match analysis, commentary

15 mins to kickoff: Canada have never scored a World Cup goal, now empty in four attempts. John Herdman has brought on all-time leading goalscorer Cyle Larin in the hopes of changing that. A 27-year-old Larin has 25 goals to his name, and while his mark surely won’t last long given Jonathan David is already on 22 goals at just 22 years old, Larin remains a key figure both on and off the field for the national team.

35 mins to kickoff: Canada will be wearing their famous black kits in today’s match after receiving an exemption to divert from their regular red or white options. Les Rouges took a ton of flak this summer when it was announced that they would not be getting new kits for the World Cup like most other countries, since their deal with Nike featured a two-year kit cycle. To calm the noise, they have revived their black kits with Nike’s approval.

52 mins to kickoff: Morocco has scored a second goal late in the match, and they defeat Belgium 2-0 to go top of Group F. It’s a shocking result, as Belgium just have not looked sharp all tournament. The result means that defeat to Croatia would officially be the end of Canada’s chances at reaching the knockout stage, while a draw would also leave them lagging behind and in a difficult position.

1 hr 12 mins from kickoff: The lineups are out, and Herdman has indeed given a 100th cap to Atiba Hutchinson. Sam Adekugbe is on the bench for a second straight lineup, which is not something we would have guessed before the World Cup. Cyle Larin comes into the lineup up front after coming on as a substitute against Belgium.

For Croatia, it’s just the single change necessitated by the injury to Nikola Vlasic, who is replaced by Marko Livaja. All the team news is below in the lineups section.

1 hr 24 mins from kickoff: The other Group F game is going on right now between Morocco and Belgium, with the African side recently going in front. It would it be huge for both Canada and Croatia if that match finished level, but that will require a Belgian response. It was scoreless at the break as Hakim Ziyech had a goal chalked off in the first half for offside, as Romain Saiss was deemed to have interfered with the goalkeeper on the set-piece delivery.

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However in the 73rd minute Abdelhamid Sabiri delivered a brilliant free-kick to put Morocco up! Now Belgium must respond.

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1 hr 44 mins from kickoff: Captain Atiba Hutchinson is on 99 caps, and an appearance in either of the final two group stage games would make him the first Canada international to reach the century mark. He’s the only member of this Canada squad who was alive the last time Canada made the World Cup.

2hrs 15 mins from kickoff: We are still some way away from the lineups being announced in this one, but we know already that there is likely to be a change for Croatia. Nikola Vlasic was withdrawn at halftime against Morocco with a calf problem, and doesn’t make our projected 11 for this one as a result. You can check out all the team news below! 

2hrs 45 mins from kickoff: Croatia’s fans have certainly been getting ready for today’s action by the looks of things. These were the scenes from the Vatreni fans earlier today!

3 hrs 15 mins from kickoff: Herdman called the comments he made “a learning moment” when asked before the match about the back-and-forth it triggered:

3 hrs 45mins from kickoff: TSN’s Matthew Scianitti with the latest update from Qatar on the ‘eff Croatia’ controversy, and lineup questions.

4 hrs from kickoff: Canada supporters gearing up for this decisive match can get their juices flowing by watching this video:

Croatia vs Canada lineups, team news

Nikola Vlasic picked up a calf injury during the Morocco match and sits as expected with Marko Livaja the surprise selection to replace him. The 29-year-old forward plays domestically for Hadjuk Split in Croatia.

Other changes were reportedly being entertained are at the back, but ultimately no other alterations were made as Dejan Lovren and Andrej Kramaric retaining their positions in the starting lineup.

Croatia confirmed lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 19. Sosa — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 14. Livaja, 9. Kramaric, 4. Perisic.

Canada manager John Herdman has said all 26 players are available for selection, but the lineup speculation has revolved around whether some of the players could use a break with three matches played in the span of eight days.

Herdman makes one change from the close call against Belgium, as Cyle Larin comes in to replace Junior Hoilett. Stars Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David retain their places, while captain Atiba Hutchinson becomes the first Canadian international ever to reach 100 caps.

Davies and Alistair Johnston, two of Canada’s most important players, are one yellow card away from being suspended for the final game, but Herdman said he’s not thinking about cards when naming the lineup.

Canada confirmed lineup (3-5-2, right to left): 18. Borjan (GK) — 2. Johnston, 5. Vitoria, 4. Miller — 22. Laryea, 7. Eustaquio, 11. Buchanan, 13. Hutchinson, 19. Davies — 20. David, 17. Larin.

Croatia vs Canada live stream, TV channel

This was already set to be a barnburner based on the fact that both teams are desperate for three points. Add the fact that Canada coach John Herdman stated on national TV that he told his team they’ve got to go out and “eff Croatia,” and that has the potential to inject another level of animosity to the encounter.

The upstart Canadians lost a heartbreaker against Belgium, prompting the emotional outburst by Herdman. Although Belgium survived the Canadian scare, World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia could be an upset candidate given how poor they looked in their scoreless draw against Morocco.

Here’s how you can watch all the action in the major global territories.

  Date Time TV Channel Streaming
USA Sunday, Nov. 27 11:00 ET FS1, Telemundo fuboTV,
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
Canada Sunday, Nov. 27 11:00 EST CTV, TSN,
RDS (French)
CTV site/app,
TSN site/app,
RDS app
UK Sunday, Nov. 27 16:00 GMT BBC One BBC iPlayer
Australia Monday, Nov. 28 03:00 AEDT SBS SBS On Demand
India Sunday, Nov. 27 21:30 IST Sports18 Voot, JioTV
Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 28 00:00 HKT Now TV (Ch. 616, 618) Now TV
Malaysia Monday, Nov. 28 00:00 MYT Astro, TV2,
Unifi TV
Astro GO
Singapore Monday, Nov. 28 00:00 SGT StarHub (Ch. 251/252),
Singtel TV
Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch
New Zealand Monday, Nov. 28 05:00 NZDT Prime TV,
Sky Sport 7 beIN
Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW

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