Croatia now leads Group F on goal difference thanks to their 4-1 result against Canada Sunday.


Canada’s World Cup dream is done after the 4-1 loss this evening in Qatar to Croatia.

After a very early goal from Alphonso Davies, Croatia turned up their level of play from the 15′ onward and scored four unanswered goals to record their first win of this tournament.  

Andrej Kramaric was able to bag a brace – including the first goal to tie the match and the third goal to extend the lead. Marko Livaja’s goal just before the half was the go-ahead score and helped them to go top of Group F.

Croatia now leads Group F on goal difference thanks to their 4-1 result against Canada Sunday.

Croatia now leads Group F on goal difference thanks to their 4-1 result against Canada Sunday.

Following the enthralling clash, Sportsmail has rated both teams’ players. 

Canada (4-3-3, later 4-4-2)

Milan Borjan  – Six saves is a phenomenal job from the keeper, but allowing four goals hurts his rating. Not all of the goals allowed were his fault, but nonetheless, he had to fish the ball from his net four times 6 

Milan Borjan had six saves on the day for Canada, but also allowed four goals to go in the net

Milan Borjan had six saves on the day for Canada, but also allowed four goals to go in the net

Alastair Johnston – Spent a lot of time on the back foot or sprinting to get back on defense this match. Stopped Perisic at times, failed to stop him at others 5 

Steven Vitoria  – Looked slow in getting back at times. A nutmeg from Juranovic through his legs led to Livaja’s goal to make it 2-1. 5

Kamal Miller  – Also looked slow in getting back after set pieces, and committed an error that gave Croatia a goal. However, he turned in four recoveries, two interceptions, and eight clearances. 5.5

Richie Laryea  – Looked much more at home when in the 4-3-3 they started the match with. However, when he was switched back to LB, his dynamism seemed to drop off. 6 

Stephen Eustaquio  – Finished the first half with a perfect passer rating and continued to probe the Croatian backline. His substitution off the pitch when Canada needed a goal was a confusing decision. 

Stephen Eustaquio played well, but only had a half to truly prove that as he was taken off

Stephen Eustaquio played well, but only had a half to truly prove that as he was taken off

Atiba Hutchinson  – His 100th cap will be one to forget. Hutchinson looks exactly like a 39-year old and played slow and at-times hobbled. He looked spent by halftime, but stayed out until after a third goal was scored. However, his warrior mentality and playing through what looked to be injury needs to be praised. 6.5

Tajon Buchanan  – The dynamic dribbler showed out in the first half, grabbing an assist. However, he failed to crack the Croatian backline any more after that. 6

Alphonso Davies  – Grabbing the first goal at a men’s World Cup in your country’s history is no small feat. While he wasn’t able to generate more goals, he was by far and away the biggest offensive spark for Canada. 7

Alphonso Davies became the first Canadian man to score at a FIFA World Cup in this match

Alphonso Davies became the first Canadian man to score at a FIFA World Cup in this match

Jonathan David  – Better than his brother – combined well with other attackers in the first half but didn’t do enough. 6.5

Cyle Larin  – Worked tirelessly against the Croatian defense but didn’t have much to show for it. 6.5

Substitutes

Ismael Kone  (on for Larin 46 mins) – Played passes that had an impact on what little the Canadian attack produced. 6

Jonathan Osorio  (on for Eustaquio 46 mins) – Generated some good passes and chances, but couldn’t find the net. 6

Jonathan Osorio

Jonathan Osorio

Junior Hoilett (on for Laryea 62 mins) – Got three shots off, but only one was on target and not blocked. 5

Lucas Daniel Cavallini  (on for David 72 mins) – Was brought on to try and find a goal and failed to do so. 5

Sam Adekugbe  (on for Hutchinson 72 mins) – Completed all of the passes he hit, but didn’t have enough time to prove how good he truly is.  6

Manager

John Herdman  – His substitutions made sense and helped to provide players the team needed. A choice to switch to a 4-4-2 didn’t improve things for the offense. His choice to leave Hutchinson out was confusing. Herdman’s ‘”F” Croatia’ comment will haunt him for a while.  6

John Herdman's '"F" Croatia' comments will sit with him for a while after this recent loss

John Herdman’s ‘”F” Croatia’ comments will sit with him for a while after this recent loss

Croatia (4-3-3)

Dominik Livakovic  – Was only asked to make one save and conceded that goal early from Davies. He didn’t have much to do tonight thanks to those in front of him. 6

Josip Juranovic  – Offensively, he poked an assist to Livaja to help Croatia go up. Defensively, he was able to keep the wings secure against the likes of Davies. 6

Dejan Lovren  – The duo at center back made Livakovic’s job easy – preventing shots from reaching him and stopping buildup before it got going. 6

Josko Gvardiol  – The 20-year old made the center of the park a nightmare for the Canadian strikers. He was fantastic today. 6.5

Josko Gvardiol was the anchor in a backline that shut down Canadian chances often

Josko Gvardiol was the anchor in a backline that shut down Canadian chances often

Borna Sosa  – Spent most of the game shutting Buchanan down and agitating the Canada attack to the point where it was useless. 6.5

Luka Modric  – The captain stepped up and worked incredibly hard. He may not have grabbed an assist for his scoresheet, but he was there and competing nonetheless. 7.5

Marcelo Brozovic  – Performed well defensively to allow for Modric and Kovacic to shine up front. 7

Mateo Kovacic helped to prove that the Croatian midfield three could be the World Cup's best

Mateo Kovacic helped to prove that the Croatian midfield three could be the World Cup’s best

Mateo Kovacic  – Completed 93 percent of his passes, snagged nine recoveries, and created four chances in a masterclass. 8 

Andrej Kramaric  – By far the best player of the game. He constantly threatened the Canada goal while he was on the pitch and his brace set the foundation for four unanswered goals. 8.5

Andrej Kramaric grabbed a brace to draw the match and then extend his country's lead

Andrej Kramaric grabbed a brace to draw the match and then extend his country’s lead

Marko Livaja  – His goal put Croatia up 2-1. Stayed dangerous most of the game. 7 

Ivan Perisic  – He was a perfect partner for Kramaric, providing the striker with two assists on the night. 7.5

Substitutes

Bruno Petkovic  (on for Livaja 60 mins) – The pressure to score was off his shoulders once that third goal went in. Had little impact on the match. 6

Nikola Vlasic  (on for Kramaric 73 mins) – At right wing, Vlasic had little success against the likes of Davies, but failed to make a serious mistake. 6

Lovro Majer's late goal made it 4-1 for Croatia thanks to the efforts of the substitute

Lovro Majer’s late goal made it 4-1 for Croatia thanks to the efforts of the substitute

Lovro Majer  (on for Kovacic 86 mins) – Tacked on a fourth to solidify the victory for Croatia.

Mario Pasalic (on for Modric 86 mins) – Didn’t have time to make an impact this match.  

Mislav Orsic  (on for Perisic 86 mins) – A perfectly teed up pass found the feet of Majer as Orsic added to the reasons why he should be looked at to start.

Managers

Zlatko Dalic  – Dalic set his team up in a position to succeed from the lineup dropping. With a midfield as talented as this one, it’s hard to see any way they could lose the battle in the center of the pitch. 7 

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