Croatia v Canada LIVE Commentary: 2018 finalists take on John Herdman’s energetic Maple Leafs as both look to win the World Cup

Croatia began their World Cup campaign with an uninspiring goalless draw against Morocco and will have to step things up against Canada.

The 2018 finalists looked sluggish and tired against a resolute outfit that caused problems on the counterattack and the match ended 0-0.

Luka Modric and company worked in possession

Luka Modric and company worked in possession

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

But their next opponent, Canada, were magnificent against Belgium, but were unable to get the ball into the net, while Alphonso Davies missed a penalty in a 1-0 defeat.

John Herdman’s side played fast, aggressive football which caused Belgium numerous problems, so an aging Croatia will have to be careful in Qatar.

Croatia v Canada: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group F clash will kick off at 4pm on Sunday, November 27.

The match will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

The action will be 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 to offer wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup

We will broadcast all 64 games of the tournament live, with more than 600 hours of coverage on our network.

You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 through our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

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

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John Herdman was delighted with Canada's performance

John Herdman was delighted with Canada’s performance


Croatia v Canada: Squads and Team News

Nikola Vlasic was pulled at half-time against Morocco but has been training with the rest of the team so he could start again.

Kovacic and Modric are expected to start when Croatia look for their first win.

Meanwhile, Canada has no injury problems to worry about.

Canada

  • Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, James Pantemis, Dayne St. Clair
  • Defenders: 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 Šutalo
  • 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: match data

  • This will be the first meeting between Croatia and Canada.
  • Croatia has faced CONCACAF teams three previous times at the World Cup: they beat Jamaica 3-1 in their first match in the competition in 1998, before losing to Mexico in 2002 and 2014.
  • Canada has lost all four of its World Cup games without scoring a single goal. This is the most games a nation has played without scoring in the competition, while only El Salvador (six games) has played more games in the final without avoiding defeat.
  • Croatia’s goalless draw with Morocco in MD1 ended their scoring streak in 11 consecutive World Cup matches. He has only once failed to score in consecutive games in the same edition of the tournament, in his first two group games in 2006.
  • Canada attempted 22 shots in their loss to Belgium in MD1, double their previous record in a World Cup match (11 against the USSR in 1986). However, only three of those efforts hit the mark (14%).
  • Croatia had just five shots in their opener against Morocco, their lowest total in a single World Cup match. Croatia averaged 16.1 shots per game in the 2018 edition of the tournament.
  • Canada has yet to score 50 shots in its four World Cup games. Only one nation failed to score in each of their first five World Cup matches, with Bolivia doing so from 1930 to 1994.
  • Atiba Hutchinson is one appearance away from making 100 for Canada, and would be the first player to reach that total for the nation. Against Belgium, he became the second-oldest outfielder to appear in a World Cup match (39 years 288 days), after 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 match.
  • Canadian Jonathan David fired seven shots in their opener loss to Belgium, all from inside the box but none on target. Given this data is available to Opta (since 1966), this is a maximum set of shots inside the box by a player in a World Cup game without him hitting one, along with Paolo Barison for Italy against Korea DPR in 1966 (also seven).

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 coverage

talkSPORT to offer wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup

We will broadcast all 64 games of the tournament live, with more than 600 hours of coverage on our network.

You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 through our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via 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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