LIVE Commentary Croatia vs Canada: The 2018 finalists meet John Herdman’s energetic Maple Leafs as both seek World Cup victory

Croatia started their World Cup season with a boring goalless draw against Morocco and need to improve against Canada.

The 2018 finalists looked slow and tired against a resolute side who caused problems on the counterattack as they ended 0-0.

Luka Modric and Co. were processed in possession

Luka Modric and Co. were processed in possession

But with players like Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, they have good players who can change any game.

But their next opponents Canada were great against Belgium but just couldn’t put the ball in the net while Alphonso Davies missed a penalty in a 1-0 loss.

John Herdman’s side played fast and aggressive football that caused numerous problems for Belgium, leaving an aging Croatia side with caution in Qatar.

Croatia vs Canada: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group F clash begins on Sunday 27 November at 4pm.

The game will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

The action will be streamed live on talkSPORT, with Dan Windle hosting while Nigel Adderley and former Wales international Dean Saunders will provide commentary.

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 coverage

talkSPORT will offer comprehensive coverage of the 2022 World Cup

We will be broadcasting all 64 matches of the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

You can tune into talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

talkSPORT is available across the UK on DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

You can also download the talkSPORT app or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.

John Herdman was delighted with Canada's performance

John Herdman was delighted with Canada’s performance


Croatia v Canada: Team and Squad News

Nikola Vlasic was sent off at half-time against Morocco but has been training with the rest of the squad so could start again.

Kovacic and Modric are expected to start as Croatia seek their first win.

Meanwhile, Canada needn’t worry about injuries.

Canada

  • Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, James Pantemis, Dayne St Clair
  • Defense Attorneys: Sam Adekugbe, Derek Cornelius, Alistair Johnston, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Joel Waterman
  • Midfielders: Stephen Eustaquio, Liam Fraser, Atiba Hutchinson, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Ismael Kone, Jonathan Osorio, Samuel Piette, David Wotherspoon
  • Forwards: Tajon Buchanan, Lucas Cavallini, Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoillett, Cyle Larin, Liam Miller, Ike Ugbo

Croatia

  • Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic, Ivica Ivusic, Ivo Grbic
  • Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanisic, Martin Erlic, Josip Å utalo
  • Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Pasalić, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakic, Luka Sucic
  • Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja

Croatia vs. Canada: facts about the game

  • This will be the first ever meeting between Croatia and Canada.
  • Croatia have met CONCACAF sides at the World Cup three times already – in 1998 they beat Jamaica 3-1 in their very first game of the competition before losing to Mexico in 2002 and 2014.
  • Canada has lost all four World Cup games without scoring a single goal. This is the most games a nation has ever played without a goal in this competition, while only El Salvador (six games) have played more games in the finals without ever avoiding defeat.
  • Croatia’s goalless draw with Morocco at MD1 ended their streak of goals in 11 consecutive World Cup games. Only once in the same edition of the tournament have they failed to score in consecutive games, in their first two group games in 2006.
  • Canada attempted 22 shots in their loss to Belgium on MD1, double their previous record in a World Cup match (11 against the USSR in 1986). However, only three of these efforts were effective (14%).
  • Croatia had just five shots in the opening game against Morocco, the lowest total in a single World Cup game. Croatia averaged 16.1 shots per game in the 2018 edition of the tournament.
  • Canada has not yet scored 50 shots in their four World Cup games. Only one nation has not scored in its first five World Cup games, Bolivia from 1930 to 1994.
  • Atiba Hutchinson is just one appearance away from reaching 100 for Canada and would be the first player ever to reach that total for the nation. Against Belgium he became the second oldest outfield player ever to appear in a World Cup match (39 years 288 days), behind only Roger Milla for Cameroon in 1994 (42 years 39 days).
  • Against Morocco, 20-year-old Josko Gvardiol attempted (115) and completed (102) more passes than any Croatian player in a single World Cup game.
  • Canada’s Jonathan David had seven shots in his opening game loss to Belgium, all from inside the box but none on target. As Opta has this data (1966 onwards) this is a common high for shots into the box by a player without a goal being scored in a World Cup game, along with Paolo Barison for Italy vs Korea DPR in 1966 (also seven ).

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 coverage

talkSPORT will offer comprehensive coverage of the 2022 World Cup

We will be broadcasting all 64 matches of the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

You can tune into talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

talkSPORT is available across the UK on DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

You can also download the talkSPORT app or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.



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