Canada loses to Belgium in first World Cup match in 36 years

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar

Canada was taught a hard lesson when he lost 1-0 to Belgium in his first World Cup match in 36 years on Wednesday.

For all their superiority, Canada failed to score a deserved goal and were disappointed to see Alphonso Davies’ penalty saved by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the first half.

The Canadians landed 14 shots against the Belgians in the first 45 minutes alone, but failed to score on a disappointing evening at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Belgium reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, and the European team made Canada pay for their extravagance.

Despite the play, Michy Batshuayi shot ahead in the first half after the striker made a long pass.

Canada continued to create chances in the second half but never found a breakthrough.

#19 Canadian forward Alphonso Davis tackles Belgian defender Timothée Castagne for the ball.

The entire Canadian team gathered in the middle of the field after the match as the Belgian players celebrated with their fans.

They must have had a sense of disbelief, given that Canada failed to make the most of an impressive performance with disappointment etched on their faces.

Despite the loss, Canada looked like a team that deserved to be on the world stage and can be proud to have terrified a team that finished second in the world.

The performance was highly acclaimed by thousands of Canadian fans who made the long journey to Doha, with fans remaining in their seats and cheering on their team as the players eventually walked off the field.

Canada has already played four World Cup matches — three in 1986 and one in 2022 — but has lost all of them and has yet to score a single goal.

Before the goal was scored at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, midfielder Jonathan Osorio said that his teammates were not content with just making up numbers, and this was clear in the game against Belgium.

However, Canada should start picking up points and now there is little room for error in the remaining Group F games against Croatia and Morocco, which drew 0-0 earlier on Wednesday.

“They showed tonight that they belong here, we haven’t been here for a long time and our fans have been great,” Canadian manager John Herdman told reporters after the match, before revealing what he said at the team’s meeting at the end of the match. the game.

“I was passionate in the circle. I was proud, really proud to see that we were represented. I feel like it was a big step for this country.”

Herdman also praised Davies for the character stepping forward and taking a penalty, which Courtois easily saved.

“This is an important moment for any player, because you carry the weight of the nation. I am very proud that he picked up the ball, it takes a special player,” said Herdman.

Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was named man of the match, a decision that surprised both Herdman and the Manchester City star.

“I didn’t play very well, maybe I got it because of my name,” de Bruyne told reporters.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, who was involved in passionate conversations with De Bruyne throughout the match, congratulated Canada on their performance but said his team simply “found a way to win”.

“Today we have grown as a team, but we need to be self-critical and improve in the next few days,” Martinez told reporters after the game.
In two Group E games of the World Cup, Spain beat Costa Rica 7-0 in Group E, while Japan stunned Germany by coming from behind to win 2-1.