Kramaric Double Fires Croatia As Canada Crash Out Of World Cup
Doha, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Nov, 2022 ) :Croatia got their World Cup campaign back on track as Andrej Kramaric's double inspired a 4-1 win that eliminated Canada in Sunday's Group F grudge match in Doha.
Zlatko Dalic's side were stunned by Alphonso Davies's second-minute opener at the Khalifa International Stadium.
It was an especially sweet success for Croatia after Canada boss John Herdman irked Dalic's men with his profane attempt to inspire his players after a 1-0 defeat against Belgium in their group opener.
In a television interview, Herdman told his players: "They belong here. And we're going to go and eff Croatia." Dalic had taken exception to Herdman's rant, insisting on Saturday that his team deserved "respect" from their opponents.
Croatia's 24 Sata tabloid ran a full-page photo of a naked man below Herdman's superimposed head, with maple leaf flags over his mouth and private parts and a headline that translated as "You have the mouth, but do you have the balls as well?" The Croatians let their football do the talking on Sunday, allowing them to seize control of a group blown wide open by Morocco's shock 2-0 win against Belgium earlier.
Continuing the feud, Dalic claimed Herdman ignored him after the match when the coaches appeared to avoid the traditional handshake at the final whistle.
"I went on the pitch to see my players. I did not see the other head coach after the match. He was not there. That is his way of doing things," Dalic said.
"He is a quality professional but it will take some time for him to learn some things.
" Asked if he made a mistake with his rant, Herdman was initially defiant, telling reporters: "Not in the first 20 minutes (of the Croatia game), no." But he eventually conceded he would learn from the controversy, saying: "I could have been a little more composed coming out of the huddle. That is my learning. I will take that on the chin." Canada competed gamely but have now lost all five matches in their World Cup history, with their only previous appearance in 1986 also ending in group-stage elimination.
- Lethal Kramaric - Herdman's team took just 68 seconds to rock Croatia when Tajon Buchanan crossed into the Croatia area and Davies timed his run perfectly to power a header past Dominik Livakovic from 10 yards.
Croatia were hitting their stride and Hajduk Split forward Livaja, selected in place of Nikola Vlasic, repaid Dalic's faith in the 44th minute.
The predatory Kramaric delivered the knockout blow in the 70th minute.
Majer's tap-in completed the rout from Mislav Orsic's pass in stoppage time.