Sunday’s World Cup action saw the second team officially eliminated from knockout round contention, while all eyes are on presumed favorites Brazil and how they’ll fare in Group G without their superhero, Neymar. There was also a brilliant 1-1 draw for two more contenders, Spain and Germany, that means Group E will go down to the wire as all four countries still have a clear path to the last 16.
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Sunday was a day of mixed emotions for Canada fans.
On the good side, Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies scored the first World Cup goal ever in Canadian men’s history, thundering a header beyond Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic after just 67 seconds. On the bad side, Croatia quickly woke up, scoring four unanswered goals to win 4-1 and make Canada the second team to be eliminated from knockout round contention after host nation Qatar were the first Friday. All they have left to play for is pride when they take on Morocco on Thursday, though their opponents have a shot at the last 16 following their 2-1 win over Belgium earlier Sunday.
Yes, this was a chastening end to a tournament that offered a lot of promise for the side that finished above the US and Mexico in CONCACAF qualifying, but with many of their young players (including Davies, Jonathan David and Tajon Buchanan) still with plenty of career ahead of them, this experience should stand them in better stead for when the expanded, 48-team World Cup comes to North America in 2026.
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