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World Cup Predictions: Croatia vs Canada



Two winless sides yet to score their first goal in the competition will come to blows at the Khalifa International Stadium when Canada and Croatia meet in their second Group F match.

However, the 2018 runner-ups do have an advantage over the Maple Leafs.

Croatia got a point in their opening match, which ended in a 0-0 draw against Morocco. But, Canada could not get anything for their efforts as Belgium edged past them with a 1-0 win.

Croatia did not come to Qatar as one of the favourites, despite coming within a match of winning their first World Cup trophy in Russia four years ago.

They have an ageing squad with no prominent breakthrough players in their ranks. But, a few could have foreseen Morocco forcing a point out of them.

Vatreni dominated the possessions, but they had the same amount of on-target shots as Morocco.

In fact, the African side had more attempts than Croatia. Dejan Lovren produced one of his finest displays in the Croatia shirt to keep the Morocco attackers at bay. There were dashes of individual brilliance from time to time, but a lack of self-belief seemed evident in Zlatko Dalić’s men.

Canada head coach John Herdman sparked controversy by telling his team they have the ability to ”F” Croatia.

Unsurprisingly, his remarks did not go down well, particularly in the Croatian media, but the 47-year-old must have been encouraged by what he saw in Canada’s first match in the tournament.

Canada were a constant menace to the Belgian backline throughout the match.

None of the players gave away that it was their first-ever match on the biggest stage of international football. Canada had 22 attempts in the game, but a lack of precision cost them.

Canada are yet to score any goals in their World Cup history.

They will hope to break the duck against Croatia and also open their points tally to keep their newfound knockout stage hopes alive.

Team News

Nikola Vlašić limped off the pitch in the Morocco game, but the Torino man has alleviated the injury scare and returned to full training.

Mario Pašalić or Mislav Oršić could take his place in the starting lineup if Zlatko Dalić feels Vlašić is not fit enough to start.

Andrej Kramarić might get another chance to prove his goalscoring credentials. The experienced midfield trio of Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić and Marcelo Brozović are a lock in the starting XI.

John Herdman doesn’t have any injury problems to sweat over ahead of the Croatia match.

He should not also feel the need to make changes, given Canada’s energetic performance against Belgium.

Club Brugge forward Cyle Larin could be the only change in the starting XI if Herdman believes he can add more attacking threat than Junior Hoilett.

Our Prediction

Croatia might fall victim to the next upset of the tournament if they don’t improve upon their opening-day performance.

Canada’s youthful attack will take another stern test of the resolute Croatian defence, but this time Canada might have better luck.

We will roll the dice on a surprise 1-0 win for Canada in this one.

Date: 27 November

Kickoff Time: 9:30 PM IST

Venue: Khalifa International Stadium

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name




Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.

Watch the video here

Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.

“The disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United

A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.

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Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final




Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.

The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.

Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.

Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments

Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.

The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.

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Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’




Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.

The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.

In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli

The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.

Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.

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