Belgium – Canada Played on 11/23/ 2022
Those with the maple leaf deserved more, but they did not know how to correctly define the many opportunities they generated, including a penalty.
With very little, it was enough for Belgium to defeat a Canada 1-0 that deserved more, but that did not know how to correctly define the many opportunities it generated to debut with victory in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Those with the maple leaf started with everything, as if it were a race, and immediately made themselves felt on the Belgian goal.
The burden seemed to give results very quickly for Canada and that is that at 9 minutes a handball inside the area was marked as a penalty after checking with the VAR, however, Alphonso Davies charged without force and Thibaut Courtois, recognized as the best goalkeeper in the world, stopped him.
But instead of falling down, they continued to control the ball and lay siege to the opposing goal, although the lack of skill was already beginning to be a factor.
Belgium, although surprised and unable to impose conditions, took advantage of their great individual quality and in a counterattack, they went ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Michy Batshuayi .
Belgium didn’t improve much, the game didn’t change, and Canada kept playing near the opponent’s area, but they began to get desperate, leaving spaces that the Europeans tried to take advantage of.
As the minutes passed, the clock became one more enemy for John Herdman‘s team, who finally debuted with defeat after not going to a World Cup since Mexico in 1986.