Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric has revealed that Canada manager John Herdman's comments ahead of their meeting did have an impact on the players.
Herdman was extremely confident about his team's chances of winning against the Croats, who reached the final of the 2018 edition of the World Cup.
As they met in the 2022 World Cup group stages on Sunday, Croatia came away with a decisive 4-1 win.
He explained: “These are words (Canada coach saying we will 'F Croatia') that have motivated the whole of Croatia. I want to thank the coach of Canada for the motivation.
"He could have chosen better words.
“He could have formulated it a bit differently. In the end, Croatia demonstrated who f***ed whom."