Croatia’s Livaja replaces Vlasic for Canada World Cup clash


Fans display images of Croatia’s forward Marko Livaja and midfielder Luka Modric in Doha on Sunday. AFP

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic made one change for his side’s crucial World Cup Group F clash with Canada as Marko Livaja replaced Nikola Vlasic at the Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday night.

The Croatians were held to a goalless draw in their group opener against Morocco so Dalic freshened up his attack by bringing in Hajduk Split forward Livaja to operate on the right flank.

Croatia, the runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, need a victory against underdogs Canada to get back on track for a place in the last 16.

Fans of Croatia look at a mobile phone on the stands ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Croatia and Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 27, 2022. (Photo by OZAN K Fans of Croatia cheer on the stands during the match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. AFP

Canada, playing in their first World Cup for 36 years, were beaten 1-0 by Belgium in their opening match and boss John Herdman made one change to his starting line-up.

Club Brugge forward Cyle Larin came in for Reading’s Junior Hoilett in Canada’s three-man attack.

Starting line-ups:

Croatia (4-3-3)

Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic; Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Livaja

Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)


Canada (3-4-3)

Milan Borjan; Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria; Richie Laryea, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson, Alphonso Davies; Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Jonathan David

Coach: John Herdman (ENG)


Referee: Andres Matonte (URU)


Agence France-Presse


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