But Croatia is number 12 in the FIFA world ranking for a reason. They have a seven-game unbeaten run (5W-0L-2D), with wins over Denmark (twice) and France (once) as highlights.
However, head coach Zlatko Dalic’s team was frustrated with Morocco to start playing in Group F. They had almost two-thirds of the ball (65%-35%) and attempted almost twice as many passes (642 to 348), but settled for a 0-0 draw.
Croatia, who lost to France in the 2018 World Cup final, has the talent to go far in this tournament. But if they suffer a shock defeat to Canada, there is a situation where they start a Group F Swansong against Belgium on December 1 and need a win to go through – an unenviable position.