To veteran Belgium the team prevailed 1-0 canada in the first time that the latter returns to the World Cup since 1986.
Canadian star Alphonso Davies had a chance to score his country’s first World Cup goal with a penalty in the 10th minute, but his effort was saved by Belgian goalkeeper and defending Golden Glove winner World Cup Thibaut Courtois. Michy Batshuayi’s The goal in the 44th minute proved to be the only score of the match.
Belgium’s victory did not come without some controversy, as did the referees seemed to miss a second flagrant penalty for Canada, according to FOX Sports FIFA rules expert Mark Clattenburg. So what does the result mean for both teams? FOX Sports soccer analysts Warren Barton, Jimmy Conrad and Sacha Kljestan break it all down on “World Cup Now.”
1. Barton: Canada had its chances
Of all the opportunities you wanted him to go to, this would be it [Davies]. He is an excellent player and they played brilliantly today. The tactics have been there, the effort, the commitment. They had opportunity after opportunity. Belgium just showed some quality and that was the difference. Belgium looked average, and I think the Canadians should be very proud of themselves. They have been excellent.
They have come to a World Cup. They haven’t been there for a long, long time. We have seen how they acted before, what it was like singing the national anthem, people were crying. So there’s a lot of pride. Obviously, there’s a huge disappointment, but you played against Belgium, one of the favorites to win this, and you went head-to-head with them. That’s what I like about this team. Knowing coach John Herdman, he wasn’t going to back down. I think that will be his message tomorrow morning. “Take it on the chin. Yes, we are disappointed, but now we have every chance to go forward and embrace this competition and get the first goal, get the first point in the World Cup.”
Belgium vs. Canada Highlights
Michy Batshuayi’s goal in the 44th minute was the difference in Belgium’s 1-0 win over Canada.
2. Conrad: Gutted by Canada
Canada had them! They had them! Canada had them on the ropes. In the first half it was all Canada and nothing for Belgium except for their one goal. At the very least, it looked like a draw was a fair result, which would have been great as Croatia and Morocco also drew earlier today, so everyone in Group F would have been level on points. Canada has had some incredible opportunities. I am still disheartened by them, my friends from the north. Belgium still has something to build on. I remember when France won the World Cup in 2018 they played Australia first and they were very poor in that game but they survived and got the win which took them to great heights.
3. Kljestan: Belgium has a lot of room for improvement
From Belgium’s point of view, they are bent, but not broken. They didn’t play well tonight. They will be relieved to get all three points and sit top of their group and take a big step into the knockout stages, but they will need to play much better than that if they are to make a deep run. in this tournament. They have a very deep team. Michy Batshuayi He didn’t play well tonight, but he got the goal. Kevin De Bruyne was not himself tonight. Eden Hazard showed some moments of brilliance able to keep the ball but never created anything.
Canada should be pretty disappointed that they couldn’t finish off their chances. They dropped a ball right into the field. A straight pass over the baseline leads to a goal. This should never happen in international football. For the great effort Canada put into that first half, this was too easy for Belgium.
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