FIFA 2022: Belgium dashes Canada's hopes of returning after 36 years

FIFA 2022: Belgium dashes Canada's hopes of returning after 36 years

Belgium beat Canada 1-0 in their Group F match of the FIFA World Cup. Micky Batshuayi scored the lone goal for Belgium in the match, and that one goal was enough for Belgium, as Canada could not score a single goal until the end of the match. At the same time, Canada, playing in the World Cup after 36 years, had to face disappointment in its very first match. Canada has qualified for the World Cup since 1986.

Canada spent most of the match in Belgium's territory, but the team was unable to convert several high-quality scoring opportunities. Canada's best chance came in the 10th minute when Alphonso Davies was awarded a penalty kick after a VAR (Video Assistant Referee) review for a handball, but Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois made a fine save from Alphonso Davies. . It was Davies' first-ever penalty attempt of his international career.

Before the half-time whistle, Belgium's Micky Batshua broke through the Canadian defense and scored in the 44th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead. Canada then had another key chance in the second half of the match in the 79th minute, but a header by Canadian player Kyle Larrinne was brilliantly saved by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. After this, Belgium did not give Canada a chance and maintained their lead till the end of the match.

At the same time, with the win in the match, Belgium has reached the top of Group F. Last season's runners-up Croatia had a tie with Morocco in the other group match.

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