Soccer News: Kramarić thanks Herdman for motivating Croatia ahead of 4-1 win

    Andrei Kramaric credited John Herdman for telling Canada “F” Croatia, stating that his team “demonstrated who ‘F’ whom” in the 4-1 win.

    Croatia inflicted a second defeat on Canada in this World Cup campaign by eliminating them from Group F.

    Canada was unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Belgium and Herdman subsequently attracted attention for delivering what was his message in the post-match conversation.

    Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic responded by saying that his team “deserves respect” and the 2018 finalists said Herdman’s comments motivated them.

    “I want to thank the Canadian coach for the motivation,” Kramaric said after scoring twice on Sunday. “After all, Croatia showed who fucked whom.”

    The Croatian national team could be heard celebrating nearby as Herdman took the stage for his press conference, but he didn’t regret his comment.

    “No, not at all,” he said. “There is definitely respect for Croatia there.

    “As I always say, we are here to go as far as we can to change the band’s mentality. I could be more collected by stepping out of the crowd and that’s part of my learning.

    “I think in the first 25 minutes we showed that little Canada can compete with the best players in the world.

    “I don’t think we gave [Croatia] easy night. They deserved it, but we made them work.”

    According to Dalic, Herdman’s “training” should also include resignation to loss, as he assumed he hadn’t heard from his colleague after full-time employment.

    “Whether I win or lose, I always like to congratulate the winner,” Dalic said. “But he wasn’t there, and that’s his way of doing business.

    “He was clearly angry. He is a top notch coach, but it will take time for him to learn some things.”

    The evening started off so positively for Canada, who took the lead in the second minute thanks to a header from Alphonso Davies – their first World Cup goal in their fifth final match.

    “It was an amazing, amazing feeling,” said Captain Atiba Hutchinson. “We have wanted this for our country for a very long time.

    “I have always dreamed of playing in the World Cup. Seeing the ball hit the net was great.

    “At this point, you want to keep moving on and you have a feeling that this day will be for us. This shouldn’t have happened today.”

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