DOHA : Croatia's World Cup appearances have all resulted in group-stage exits or expectation-busting runs to the semi-finals or beyond, and while just one game into Qatar 2022 Sunday's match against Canada already has a make-or-break feel about it.
A 0-0 draw against Morocco on Wednesday, in which Zlatko Dalic's side had only two attempts on target, has already left them two points adrift of group leaders Belgium, who eked out a 1-0 victory over the Canadians in their opener.A draw or defeat against Canada will therefore leave Croatia needing to get something from their final group game against the second-ranked Belgians.Dalic will hope that their performance against Morocco, in which they seemed to lack sharpness going forward, was down to early-tournament teething problems rather than something more fundamental.
Yet after their superb run in Russia, it is inevitable that comparisons will be drawn with the side that were eventually beaten 4-2 by France in the final in Moscow.Dalic was keen not to look back when he spoke to reporters following the draw at Al Bayt Stadium, with the need to move forward a repeated refrain. "Four and a half years have passed and Croatia has almost a whole new national team ...
we cannot draw comparisons between the two generations of players," he said. "This is another World Cup we have prepared. We know we are good, we know we can do it.Read more on channelnewsasia.com