Croatia vs Canada LIVE: World Cup 2022 latest score and goal updates as Alphonso Davies nets in first minute

World Cup day eight: Who’s playing and what to expect

Croatia face Canada in their second Group F match at the World Cup with the hopes of earning their first win after being held to a goalless draw against Morocco last time out. The 2018 World Cup finalists were far from their best in that opening game and will be focused on getting the job done against Canada.

However, that will be a tricky task. As Belgium found out in their opener, this Canadian team is full of young, spirited talent that utilises pace and pressing to their advantage. They were the more aggressive team against the Belgians and were left ruing Alphonso Davies’ missed penalty as they eventually lost 1-0.

Both managers stressed the importance of moving forward following those opening games. Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic is dealing increased expectations following his team’s incredible run at the previous tournament whilst Canada manager John Herdman wants his players to build on their impressive performance.

If Canada lose today they are out of the World Cup, but a victory will put qualification to the knockout stages in their hands ahead of a final group game against Morocco on Thursday.

Follow all the action with our live blog below:

Croatia vs Canada

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Croatia 0-1 Canada

12 min: Croatia go short but Canada are unable to clear completely. Eustaquio hacks away as Croatia stay on the front foot.

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:12


Croatia 0-1 Canada

10 mins: Perisic gets his first couple of opportunities out on the left. He beats Johnston the first time, hanging a cross to no one at the back post, before Johnston deflects the second out for a corner.

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:11


Croatia 0-1 Canada

7 mins: Of course, Croatia are better than most at cutting teams open with the ball, with Modric and Kovacic in midfield.

But Canada are threatening! Buchanan rampages down the right before Larin gets caught well offside, as he is denied by Livakovic.

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:09


Croatia 0-1 Canada

5 mins: That sets up Canada perfectly too – who can drop off into their shape and attack Croatia on the counter-attack.

Croatia look to build themselves into it. Kramaric’s cross is deflected but Borjan collects, using the crossbar to help him.

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:07


Croatia 0-1 Canada

3 mins: That’s an incredible moment for Davies – who of course missed that important penalty against Belgium.

And what a start to this game. So many matches at this World Cup have been goalless at half time, but this has exploded into life!

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:05


GOAL! Croatia 0-1 Canada (DAVIES 2’)

What a start! What a header! And it’s Davies who is the scorer!

What a moment for Canada – their first ever World Cup goal!

Buchanan swings in a brilliant cross and Davies arrives just in time to power a header into the net!

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:01


Croatia 0-0 Canada

1 min: Croatia have lined up with Kramaric on the right and Lavaja, who is the only change from their opening team, through the middle.

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:01


Kick-off! Croatia 0-0 Canada

Underway at the Khalifa International Stadium! After Morocco’s win over Belgium, is another Group F shock on the cards?

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 16:00


Croatia vs Canada

What a sporting day this could be for Canada, who have just won the Davis Cup in tennis for the first time!

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 15:56


Croatia vs Canada

Can Alphonso Davies instead keep Canada’s World Cup hopes alive? His penalty miss proved crucial in the opening defeat to Belgium – and the Bayern Munich star will be keen to make ammends this afternoon.

Jamie Braidwood27 November 2022 15:55

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