Canadian football infection fails Belgium at the World Cup…

Canadian football infection fails Belgium at the World Cup...

Against Canada, number 41 on the same list, the compact and careless Red Devils had an unprecedentedly difficult time. The North Americans were the best in the match, but in the end they lost the dust: 1-0.

For Canada, it was the second World Cup participation in history and the first since 1986. The country that would host the World Cup alongside the United States and Mexico in four years, was the surprising winner of the CONCACAF region’s World Cup qualifiers. The star of Canadian football is Alphonso Davies, the 22-year-old Bayern Munich striker who has been a blight on Belgium’s sluggish defence.

Canada, encouraged by the sizable horde of fans who traveled with her, was furious with the mainstays. In the 11th minute, National Coach John Herdman’s team had a massive opportunity to open the score. The VAR drew the attention of the referee, Jani Sikazwe, to his hands. The Zambian has been famous for blowing the whistle twice very early on in the African Cup. Davies had the perfect opportunity to give the Canadians their first ever World Cup goal, but he bumped into Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Courtois saves Davies’ penalty. ©ANP/HH

Squeaking and squeaking with the old devils

The Canadian team quickly overcame the disappointment and made it very difficult for Belgium by pressing well and always coming out quickly. It squeaked and squeaked with the old Red Devils, who started the game with a thirty-six and two 29-year-olds. The only young player who seemed to be heading towards a starting spot, defender Zino Debast, had to make way for Leander Dendoncker.

In the Canadian midfield, former PSV player Atyba Hutchinson, 39, has played an important role but, thanks to his tactical vision, has been hugely valuable to the young squad. Canada made quite an impression with their spirited attacking play, but the North Americans weren’t calm enough in the final stretch. Davies, Jonathan David and Club Brugge’s Tajoon Buchanan missed good chances.

Toby Alderfeld and Kevin De Bruyne obviously disagreed. ©ANP/HH

Canadians raid

Apart from two shooting chances from Michy Batshuayi, substitute for Romelu Lukaku, who was watching from the stands, the Belgians could do nothing about it, but just before the break it was 1-0. Toby Alderweireld sent Batshuayi wide deep with a perfect long pass and finished the striker with skill. With Amadou Onana and Thomas Meunier in the squad, Belgium tried to get a better grip on the match after the break, but Canada continued to storm.

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But in the last stage, what the Canadians showed was also very accurate, as witnessed by the 21 failed attempts on goal, so that the Belgians managed to hold out with the necessary effort and prepare for the second group match against Morocco.

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