Qatar World Cup: Croatia and Morocco take control of Group F as Canada crash out

REUTERS - MATTHEW CHILDS

Croatia and Morocco took control of Group F at the Qatar World Cup on Sunday after wins over Canada and Belgium respectively.

Croatia's 4-1 success at the Khalifa International Stadium eliminated Canada and put them in pole position in the pool.

Morocco's 2-0 victory over a lumpen Belgian side sets up a mouthwatering clash on 1 December between Croatia and Belgium who must win to advance to the last-16 while Croatia can progress with a draw.

Morocco need all three points against Canada to ensure their progress to the last 16 for the first time since 1986 though they could still move on with a draw should Belgium beat Croatia.

Permutations aside, Croatia and Morocco will broach their final matches with a confident mien. Croatia, beten finalists in 2018, imposed their imperiousness on dynamic but ultimately limited opponents.

Start

Canada started brilliantly with a sepia-tinted tactic: route one.

From a goal kick, goalkeeper Milan Borjan launched the ball upfield, Cyle Larin got hold of it, passed it onto Tajon Buchanan out on the right wing and sprinted forward. Buchanan surged down the line, looked up and curled over a cross which was met by Alphonso Davies who headed emphatically past the Croatia goalkeepeer Dominik Livakovic.

Two minutes gone. Classic simplicity, unalloyed joy for the Canadians and redemption for Davies who missed a penalty during the 1-0 defeat to Belgium in the opening match.

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