Michy Batshuayi‘s first-half goal proved enough for a below-par Belgium to squeeze to a 1-0 win over a Canada side playing their first World Cup match for 36 years on Wednesday
Michy Batshuayi’s first- half thing proved enough for a below- par Belgium to squeeze to a 1- 0 palm over a Canada side playing their first World Cup match for 36 times on Wednesday. Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Alphonso Davies’ early penalty and Batshuayi opened the scoring against the run of play in the 44th nanosecond. John Herdman’s Canada, roared on by their oral support, also had another strong penalty appeal turned down and dominated the alternate half to no mileage.
Belgium were without injured record goal scorer Romelu Lukaku and plodded throughout with the pace of Canada’s forwards.
But the 2018semi-finalists cleaved on to move top of what could prove a hotly- queried Group F after Croatia and Morocco’s goalless draw before on Wednesday.
Canada will head into their game against Croatia on Sunday still full of confidence after further than matching the platoon ranked second in the world, who next face Morocco.
The North Americans, matching Belgium in conformation by playing three at the reverse, made a bright launch and Jonathan David’s low trouble was veered wide.
From the performing corner, Tajon Buchanan’s strike was blocked by Yannick Carrasco with his arm and a penalty was awarded after a VAR check in the 11th nanosecond.
But Davies produced a weak trouble which was saved low to his right by Courtois, before David lashed the answer over the bar.
Belgium’s geriatric defence were floundering with the pace of the Canada bushwhackers and Junior Hoilett got in behind before firing a shot wide.
The killers kept coming, as Courtois palmed off down right sect- reverse Alistair Johnston’s fierce drive and David headed off target.
Canada had a big penalty appeal turned down despite a VAR review when Axel Witsel was outpaced by Richie Laryea inside the area and also tripped his opponent.
Belgium seized the lead out of nothing when a simple long ball over the top from Toby Alderweireld set up the run of Batshuayi who pounded home left- footed.
There was still time for Canada to produce, and waste, another noble occasion before the break, as Laryea’s low cross was fired over on the slide by Buchanan from six yards out.
Belgium trainer Roberto Martinez made a double negotiation at half- time to try and stem the drift, with Thomas Meunier replacing Carrasco and Everton youth Amadou Onana coming into the midfield.
Canada could have levelled just twinkles after the renew, however, as David headed wide from Stephen Eustaquio’s succulent cross after the Porto midfielder had nutmegged Kevin De Bruyne.
Herdman’s men continued to submerge forward, but couldn’t find the finishing touch needed, with Buchanan miskicking horribly from the edge of the box.
The further men Canada committed, the more dangerous Belgium looked on the break and Laryea made a awful last- gutter attack to deny Batshuayi a alternate thing.
Substitute Cyle Larin, the top arranger in CONCACAF qualifying for the event, headed too close to Courtois in a frantic homestretch.
De Bruyne could have put the game to bed but blazed into the crowd, while Larin transferred another title spinning over Courtois’ bar as Belgium fell over the line. Know More FIFA News…