Newly famous international darlings Canada will try again for the first time, when they take on Croatia in their second game in the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.
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Canada outshone many of the tournament’s heavyweights during the first round of group stage matches and ultimately fell just short of their first World Cup point and, if things had gone a bit differently, their first win.
Group F is intriguing, with favorites Belgium struggling in their opener and Croatia and Morocco failing to impress each other. As it is, it’s wide open to anyone (and everyone).
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How to watch Croatia vs Canada live stream link and start time
Kick off: 11 a.m. ET, Sunday (November 27)
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Transmission in Spanish: Peacock (all 64 games)
Key stories, players to watch closely
For one thing, Canada was downright brilliant when it made its World Cup return after 36 years on Wednesday. On the other hand, they lost 1-0 to Belgium and are the only team in Group F without a point so far. The Canucks earned plaudits (and new fans) as they showed no fear playing the no. 2 in the world and were comfortably the best team that day, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said after the game. Alphonso Davies was denied by Thibaut Courtois from the penalty spot, with the game still 0-0 and Canada looking for their first World Cup goal (yes, that too). Sunday, maybe.
As for Croatia, their first draw with Morocco raised some red flags for a nation that went all the way to the World Cup final just four (and a half) years ago. With five of the 11 starters aged 30 or older, Croatia have very little range and mobility, and no explosiveness anywhere. Despite having nearly 65 percent possession in the match against Morocco, Croatia managed just five shots in 90 minutes (two on target) and a paltry 0.52 xG. If things don’t change on Sunday, it will be the end of an iconic era that unfortunately lasted a cycle too many.
Croatia fast facts
Current FIFA World Ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: UEFA automatic qualifiers (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic
Canada fast facts
Current FIFA World Ranking: 41
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 2
How they qualified: CONCACAF qualifiers (1st place)
Coach: John Herdmann
Key players: Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Milan Borjan, Jonathan Osorio
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