Canada had generated the best opportunities to open the scoring against Belgium in the match for the first date of group F of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. However, the European team was more effective in front of the goal and thus scored 1-0.
At minute 44, from his half, Toby Alderweireld sent a filtered pass into the area of the American team. Then, Michy Batshuayi dived into space, beat a defender behind, entered the area and went one-on-one with goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
Instantly, the forward unleashed a powerful shot to overcome the resistance of the Canadian goal. In this way, the squad led by Roberto Martínez takes the lead on the scoreboard and thus, the first half ends.
Now, ‘The Canucks’ will have to reconsider to get the tie in the complementary stage. For its part, the Belgian team hopes to increase the advantage to ensure victory and calmly arrive at the match against Morocco on the next day.
Belgium vs. Canada: previous
The ‘Red Devils’ were one step away from the definition in Russia 2018 and had to settle for third place, in what has been their best participation in the World Cup. Four years have passed since then and the coach Roberto Martínez has good and bad times due to several of the performances of his players.
The moment Thibaut Courtois or Kevin De Bruyne is going through is indisputable, with Real Madrid and Manchester City, respectively. However, Eden Hazard’s present is the one that generates the most doubts among fans of the national team. Above, the scorer Romelu Lukaku has physical problems with a view to the premiere.
On their side, Canada returns to the World Cup for the first time since Mexico 1986. Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David were key to ending the 36-year absence, who aim to be starters. Precisely, the winger was on the list of doubts, but DT John Herdman assured that “He has been able to train normally and is smiling. It’s fantastic”.