Doha: Although Canada played a full field in the World Cup Group F match, Belgium won. Belgium weathered the Canadian storm and won by a one-sided goal. Canada literally shook Belgium into second place in the world. Michy Batshuayi’s goal in the 44th minute was the victory for Belgium. For the first time since 1986, there was no pressure on Canada to play in the World Cup. Despite creating a flurry of attacks, a lack of finishing held Canada back.
Belgium fired 22 shots at the goal net but missed the target. The Canadians were the breakthrough in what was expected to be a Belgian monopoly. Alphonso Davies wasted the opportunity to take the lead through a penalty kick in the 8th minute. Alphonso Davies would have been the scorer of Canada’s first goal in the World Cup if he had found the penalty. Canada returned from the 1986 World Cup in Mexico without conceding a single goal.
It was a penalty kick for the ball to hit Yannick Carrasco in the box. The referee kicked War and pointed to the penalty. Alphonso Davies’ penalty kick was correctly blocked by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Cortoise. Davies’ left foot kick was accurate as calculated. Kurtosis is the winner of the Golden Glove award in the last World Cup. Afterwards, Canada defended Belgium with a sustained attack.
In the 30th minute, Alistair Johnson’s shot to score was blocked by the Belgian goalkeeper. Canadian defenders met sporadic Belgian raids. The goal was scored with a minute remaining in the first half. Michy Batshuayi took the opportunity when Olderworld’s long ball was cleared by the defence.
Although the goal was conceded, Canada’s attack did not slow down. They were constantly getting into the Belgian box. Taion Buchanan, Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David and Junior Hoylett failed to capitalize on opportunities. Kevin De Bruyne made a Lightning move in the last ten minutes but the goal was disallowed. In the 79th minute Larin headed a cross from Johnston towards the goal, but Cortosis managed to save. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was interested in the 3-4-2-1 formation with Batshuayi up front. Belgium played without the injured Romelu Lukaku. Canadian coach John Herdman preferred a 3-4-2-1 formation. Jonathan Davies stood in front.