After being drawn into such a challenging group, Canada’s hopes of getting into the knockout stages were slim. In their first game against Belgium, they barely lost by the thinnest of margins and showed the World that even though they’re inexperienced and young, they can still give themselves a fighting chance to beat a significant team.
In their second game today, Canada lost to the runner-ups of the last tournament, even after scoring in the first minute. Canada’s lack of talent and experience was too much of an obstacle, and the Croatians, thanks to their experienced midfield, managed to beat them 4-1.
Even after an excellent performance from the beloved Alphonso Davies, Canada wasn’t on the level of the Croats. The Defense is not a World Cup-level defense, and aside from Davies, the midfield is almost nonexistent. Jonathan David, who was supposed to be the star of this world cup for Canada, has been dreadful in the opening two games, and that shouldn’t be entirely his fault since he has been performing very well with Lille in the past two years.
Jonathan needs a strong midfield and decent wingers to find open spaces to excel. With LOSC, he has been getting this level of quality footballers like Rémy Cabella, Benjamin André, and Jonathan Bamba, to name a few. On the other hand, Canada doesn’t have that kind of talent, and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
Football in Canada is still on the rise. It is starting to become the country’s most famous sport, and today Canada just scored their first-ever world cup goal says a lot about the up-and-coming nation. In a few years, losing in the group stages will be a distant memory because Canada’s scouting talent and inspiring youth will hopefully bring many national trophies to the Great White North.