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Classy Croats Crush Courageous Canadians

Similarly to Les Rouges’ torrid Mexico 86’ campaign, Canada’s World Cup hopes have been extinguished at the earliest possible stage. However, their inevitable exit from Qatar, sealed thanks to yesterday’s 4-1 defeat to 2018 tournament finalists Croatia, will feel very different to their ignominious departure from the same competition some 36 years prior. On this occasion, the Maple Leafs have given more than a decent account of themselves and may well enhance their reputation further against a resurgent Morocco – who impressively dispatched Belgium in Sunday’s other Group F fixture – when the pair meet in Al Thumama on Thursday.

Indeed, the North Africans’ victory over a struggling Belgian outfit, who narrowly overcame John Herdman’s side on Wednesday evening, had earlier blown the group wide open, and afforded each team a realistic prospect of qualification. Canada didn’t wait for permission to seize this considerable opportunity. With two minutes played, a hopeful clearance from ‘keeper Milan Borjan found its way through to Tajon Buchanan – once again a constant menace down the Canadian right – who swung a delicious ball into the Croatian 18-yard box, where Alphonso Davies pounced to thunder a bullet header beyond the sprawling Livakovic; cue wild celebrations in the Khalifa International Stadium, and most likely in the streets of Ottawa. This was a piece of history. For the first time in its rather modest footballing history, the Canadian national side had registered a goal at a World Cup Finals. It was fitting that the Bayern Munich star, arguably the most prodigious talent to ever represent the country, was the man to break a hoodoo which stretches all the way back to 1958. 

Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP (Source: Globe and Mail)

Although the game was a mere ninety seconds old, Davies’ clinical finish somehow felt well-deserved. Canada had been superb against Belgium and were incredibly unlucky to emerge pointless from the tie….


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Author : Ryan Murray

Publish date : 2022-11-28 19:18:35

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