Belgium vs Canada – World Cup 2022: Live score, team news and updates

Belgium 1-0 Canada LIVE: Maple Leafs are made to pay for Alphonso Davies’ early missed penalty as Michy Batshuayi puts Belgians ahead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time

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Belgium have not lost in their previous 17 World Cup games when scoring first. 

Can Canada change it?



Scarcely believable that Belgium lead at the break, but here we are. 

Batshuayi’s goal well and truly against the run of the play but if Canada can produce a similar level, they are more than capable of taking all three points from the second 45.


Buchanan puts wide a laser of a cross! It should’ve been 1-1. 

A diving effort on goal goes wide right and he cannot believe it. That was what Canada needed.




Cruel, cruel stuff. Though this is what happens when you fail to take your chances. 

Canada could realistically have had three penalties and scored at least that amount. Though the prolificacy of Belgium and Batshuayi shines through before the break.


Canada forced back but Belgium are unable to find any continuity, even when in the opposition half.

Much will be made of Belgium’s lackluster first half, but praise has to be given.

And out of nothing! The Red Devils lead, Batshuayi lashes in a beautiful volley. How cruel that is on Canada.


Play continues, the referee was not asked to go to the monitor. It looked like a 50/50 call, would’ve have been nice to see the ref head over to the screen.

Belgium start with the ball again, can they get anything going before the break?


Absorbing encounter in front of us in Al Rayyan. Largely due to the electric performance of the Canadians. 

The center of the park is largely blocked up by Canada who often have 8 players inside the Belgium half. 

Is that a pen?! Laryea goes down under a Witsel challenge inside the area. The referee has waved it off.


Canada’s fan are rapturous inside the stadium. While they haven’t scored they continue to dominate possession. 

Belgium haven’t created much at all, Borjan is yet to be particularly troubled. Quite incredible this start from a team at its first World Cup in a generation. If you didn’t know any better you would think Canada were the third-placed team in 2018. 


Big chance for Canada to find that final pass after a lovely move. 

Another wave of attack comes forward before Belgium venomously hoof it out reminiscent of an Asmir Begovic goal kick at a windy Stoke! 

Johnston fires a low strike at Courtois, who parries away. Buchanan providing a problem with a fearless and pacey approach.  

Really lively encounter this. Courtois scoops up a deflected shot as David spurns a great chance to pass to Laryea who would’ve had a clean one-on-one. 

Plenty going on, I’m getting sore fingers! 


Great run and link up play by Davies before finding Hutchinson who wildly shot wide. 

The 39-year-old, yes 39. Couldn’t deliver what the move deserved. 

 


De Bruyne finds space again, feeding Hazard. The play amounts to nothing tangible, despite the Real Madrid man potentially having the opportunity to go down in the box. 

Would’ve been an interesting call there. Certainly more space coming for Belgium.


Belgium now starting to take a bit more control of proceedings. Hazard and De Bruyne particularly starting to see a little more of the ball.

We’re now in a more even encounter, but the lingering concern for Canada has to be if Belgium can break through the press. 

If so, several opportunities like De Bruyne’s may present themselves. And there it is! 

Chance for Batshuayi as Hazard delicately finds Tielemans before the striker sent it over the bar, via a deflection


Reading’s Hoilett with a really nice run, jinking insider Alderweireld but dragging his shot wide. 

It’s been a dominant showing by Canada thus far, very impressive they’ve been able to keep up this intensity since the Davies miss. 

Belgium finally break and De Bruyne somehow misses Tielemans who is wide open for a one-on-one chance. I’m not sure that is KDB out there…he would never fail to miss such a simple pass!

Huge let off for Canada. 


Canada keep coming, Belgium really are struggling to string any possession together. 

There’s been no sight of Eden Hazard and his fellow Belgian front men since the first minute. 

Canada are pressing Belgium very high here, eight Canadian players currently sit inside the Belgian half!


That is a seismic moment, not only in the history of Canadian soccer but in the context of this game. 

With the rabid mostly-Canadian crowd ready to erupt, they’ve become slightly hushed, although reassuring chants still softly ring around.

Laryea drags a speculative shot well wide, does this give Belgium a lift? They’ve been very quiet thus far!

Davies has it saved! Brilliant from Courtois, down to his right. David puts the follow up over the bar, and that’s a huge moment in this game. 

Carrasco’s arm in an unnatural position and Canada have a penalty! Alphonso Davies to step up

 

Canada earn their first corner of the game. Decent chance for David after a great cross in for Buchanan, who scuffed his shot. 

Fortunately, a corner for Canada. Buchanan gets a volley away and Courtois manages to get his bearings before a save is made. 

Hang on, there;s a stoppage in play here! VAR check incoming for the deflection off Carrasco in the box.


The ball is firmly stuck within the Canadian half. After a very shaky lapse early, the North Americans have settled in well. 

Though they must be wary, at times when Belgium have successfully closed down, they have struggled to keep possession cleanly.


Michy Batshuayi with an early shot at goal, straight into the palms of the keeper. 

Lack of experience hurt Canada there, giving away possession far too easily. 

Though the Maple Leafs take it straight up the other end of the pitch, forcing Belgium to block a shot from inside the box. 

Both teams really going at it, Canada showing some fortitude here. 


Really good feeling about this one…the crowd right up for this, chants of ‘Canada’ ring around the stadium 

The official lineups shown by FIFA and on the Fox broadcast show the Leicester midfielder starting out on the wide flank, opposite Eden Hazard.

It will be interesting to see if that does indeed play out. 


We begin with the national anthem of Belgium, soon followed by ‘O Canada.’

Cheers go around the stadium following Belgium’s anthem but they are far louder for the Canadian national anthem. 

Both the substitutes and players belt out ‘O Canada’ in what looks to be a very spirited and unified display. 

If their hearty signing is anything to go by, this’ll be some encounter.  


An opportunity awaits to top the group for either team if they are able to win this Group F encounter.



Have a look at this bunch…certainly one way to get your creative juices going. 






Canada fans may look to have their counterparts outnumbered, but that hasn’t stopped one Belgian fan stealing the spotlight with eye-catching face paint. 



Cyle Larin may be Canada’s all-time leading goal scorer and the CONCACAF top scorer, but that’s not enough to get him on the park initially. 

Look for him to be a super sub. 


No Lukaku as expected, so Batshuayi does indeed start up top for the Red Devils. 

Looking likely that Belgium will also go with a 3-4-3. Naturally, Kevin De Bruyne will be the creative force. 

Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco seem most suited to flank the big Belgian striker.


Seems as if Canada will line up in a 3-4-3, with Davies as a LW, with Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan on the other side as they support star Lille striker, Jonathan David. 

Reading flier Junior Hoillett is also set to start as a RM. 

Davies does in fact start for Canada in what is a huge boost for the Maple Leafs.

Davies will be central to what happens from an attacking standpoint but he will need to have some defensive responsibility when needed.


Naturally, the Canadians will be decked out in their white and red strip. 

There are plenty of Canadian fans who have created a sea of red in the crowd, however.


Belgium will be in their traditional, predominantly red strip for their first match of the 2022 tournament. 

All ready to get dressed up. 👕 #BELCAN #DEVILTIME pic.twitter.com/zsmJvBOE5K

Hutchinson, Borjan, Johnston, Miller, Vitoria, Eustaquio, Hoilett, Buchanan, Davies, David, Laryea 

HERE. WE. GO. 🍁#WeCAN pic.twitter.com/51Xit3yFJF

Courtois, Dendocker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, E. Hazard and Batshuayi 

The 1️⃣1️⃣ Devils at the #WorldCup’s starting line. 🇧🇪 #SelectedbyPwC #BELCAN #DEVILTIME pic.twitter.com/uzUYslxC1r

The manager wants the focus to be on football, particularly given that is what both himself and the players will defined upon at the end of the tournament. 

🗣 "All we want to do is create a wonderful story, create a memory of a lifetime and create a legacy, that's the power of football."

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez wants to focus on football after FIFA rejected the "OneLove" armband pic.twitter.com/qelOVmZO7e


Early signs suggest the Red and White army are outnumbering their European counterparts.

The Red and White Forever!🇨🇦🫡#FifaWorldCup #WeCAN pic.twitter.com/10iPiCOZ2T

Belgium fans enjoy the prematch build-up in controversial ‘One Love’ shirts which support LGBT inclusion — a direct contravention of Qatari culture and Islamic Sharia Law. 


The Bayern star could be set to start despite fears within the last week that he would not be available at all for the game. 

In recent media interviews, Davies has said he feels ‘ready’ to start in the historic match.



Two hours until kick off gets underway! 

One hour until the teams are announced. 



Canada’s first World Cup game in 36 years will take place at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, also known as Al Rayyan Stadium. 

The stadium has a capacity of 44,740 and is located in Al Rayyan, Qatar — approximately 27 miles from Doha. 

Opened in 2003, it is currently home to both Al-Rayyan Sports Club and Al-Kharitiyath Sports Club.


Canadian fans getting it going early with a, well, interesting chant in the lead up to today’s game. 

Can only imagine the creativity if they manage to score!

Making all that noise @thevoyageurs #EuAhCanada#FifaWorldCup #WeCAN 🇨🇦🫡 pic.twitter.com/uOc4dYhAIj


Croatia and Morocco played out a 0-0 draw.

The Balkan nation had two great chances to go ahead before the break. A goal-line clearance was also needed by Morocco in the second-half to secure a point. 

Ultimately it is a great point for both Canada and Belgium who could take a strong grip on Group F with +3 points today.


While Belgium is known to be a footballing hotbed, its biggest stars are in their prime or edging toward the end.

Perhaps 2022 is their best chance to win the World Cup for some time.



Canada and Belgium have only ever played each other once in the history of football. 

The two have never played in a competitive match. Their sole meeting was a friendly in June of 1989 where Belgium triumphed 2-0.  


Belgium will be hamstrung at the top of their attack with Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku reportedly sidelined for the first two Belgium group games. 

Without Lukaku, Belgium may turn to former Chelsea and Crystal Palace man Michy Batshuayi as the closest like-to-like replacement.

 


Davies has taken the opportunity to speak up about one of the main issues with our very own Rob Draper. 

Illuminating stuff from the Bayern star.


Belgium may have one last chance with their golden generation after two failed World Cups prior. 

Their last game in Russia naturally ended in bittersweet fashion, despite a win. The Red Devils beat England 2-0 in the third-placed playoff following a 1-0 loss to France in the semi-finals. 


Canada return to the World Cup stage for the first time since 1986 — their last appearance. 

The Maple Leafs finished bottom of their group with three losses from three. 



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