November 23, 2022 | Kickoff: 02:00PM ET
Men's National Team

Men's National Team

0 - 1

Belgium

Belgium

Al Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Attendance: 40432

  • Alistair Johnston

    83'
  • Alphonso Davies

    82'
  • Liam Millar
    Tajon Buchanan

    80'
  • Jonathan Osorio
    Stephen Eustáquio

    80'
  • 78'

    Lois Openda
    Michy Batshuayi

  • Samuel Adekugbe
    Richie Laryea

    74'
  • 62'

    Leandro Trossard
    Eden Hazard

  • David Junior Hoilett
    Atiba Hutchinson

    58'
  • Ismaël Koné
    Cyle Larin

    58'
  • 56'

    Amadou Onana

  • 54'

    Thomas Meunier

  • 46'

    Thomas Meunier
    Yannick Carrasco

  • 46'

    Amadou Onana
    Youri Tielemans

  • 44'

    Michy Batshuayi

  • 9'

    Yannick Carrasco

Timeline

Men's National Team
  • KO

    KO

  • 9 ' | Yannick Carrasco

  • 44 ' | Michy Batshuayi

  • HT

    HT

  • 46 ' | Amadou Onana - Youri Tielemans

  • 46 ' | Thomas Meunier - Yannick Carrasco

  • 54 ' | Thomas Meunier

  • 56 ' | Amadou Onana

  • 58 ' | Ismaël Koné - Cyle Larin

  • 58 ' | David Junior Hoilett - Atiba Hutchinson

  • 62 ' | Leandro Trossard - Eden Hazard

  • 74 ' | Samuel Adekugbe - Richie Laryea

  • 78 ' | Lois Openda - Michy Batshuayi

  • 80 ' | Jonathan Osorio - Stephen Eustáquio

  • 80 ' | Liam Millar - Tajon Buchanan

  • 82 ' | Alphonso Davies

  • 83 ' | Alistair Johnston

  • FT

    FT

Belgium

Match Report

Canada falls 1:0 to Belgium in opening match 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
A 36-year wait finally came to end for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team when they played Belgium for their opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Despite leading in shot attempts, Canada lost 1:0 with the goal coming from Michy Batshuayi in the 44’ minute.
After starting the game on the front foot, Canada was awarded a penalty early on. Unfortunately, Alphonso Davies' strike from the spot was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
Canada had two more penalty shouts in the first half, when Axel Witsel stepped on Richie Layea's foot inside the penalty box and when Tajon Buchanan was taken down by a Belgium defender. Both challenges were deemed fair by the referee.
It was 20 minutes into the game when Belgium got their first chance. Prior to that, Canada had all the attacking play.
Alistair Johnston had one of the best chances of the match. He found himself in open space on the edge of the 18-yard box. He had an option to his right and an option to his left, but the defender took a powerful strike that tested Courtois, a test the Belgium keeper passed with a parried shot.
Moments later, Davies had split Eden Hazard and Youri Tielemans before playing a pass to Jonathan David for a give-and-go. Davies then laid off a pass for Atiba Hutchinson who took a strike that missed the target.
The second was more of the same from Canada, but the team ran out of steam and time. Canada was searching for that equalizing goal, which gave up space in their defensive-third for Belgium to hit on the counter-attack.
Attackers like Kevin De Bruyne and Batshuayi tried to take advantage of the extra space but were met by Canada’s back wall. Defender Kamal Miller pulled off multiple sliding tackles that stopped Belgium in its tracks. Steven Vitoria ventured forward and stepped up to take care of passes that beat the Canadian midfield. In one instance, Richie Laryea flew in with a hard slide tackle to Block a worrying Batshuyai's shot.
Canada’s defensive work wasn’t in total vain. It wasn't for the lack of chances that Canada lost the game, but for the lack of time. Substitute Cyle Larin had two chances toward the end of the match. His header in the 80’ minute was saved by Courtois, five minutes later Larin’s second header flew over the bar.
Canada will take their positive performance from their opening match of the tournament into their next match against Croatia on Sunday.

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Belgium goal by Michy Batshuayi

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Nov 23, 2022 | HT

Halftime

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Nov 23, 2022 | 46'

Belgium Substitution of Youri Tielemans by Player On

Youri Tielemans

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Nov 23, 2022 | 46'

Belgium Substitution of Yannick Carrasco by Thomas Meunier

Yannick Carrasco

Thomas Meunier

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Belgium yellow card for Yannick Carrasco

Yannick Carrasco

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Nov 23, 2022 | 54'

Belgium yellow card for Thomas Meunier

Thomas Meunier

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Nov 23, 2022 | 56'

Belgium yellow card for Amadou Onana

Amadou Onana

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Nov 23, 2022 | 58'

Men's National Team Substitution of Cyle Larin by Ismaël Koné

Cyle Larin

Ismaël Koné

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Nov 23, 2022 | 58'

Men's National Team Substitution of Atiba Hutchinson by David Junior Hoilett

Atiba Hutchinson

David Junior Hoilett

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Nov 23, 2022 | 62'

Belgium Substitution of Eden Hazard by Leandro Trossard

Eden Hazard

Leandro Trossard

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Nov 23, 2022 | 74'

Men's National Team Substitution of Richie Laryea by Samuel Adekugbe

Richie Laryea

Samuel Adekugbe

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Nov 23, 2022 | 78'

Belgium Substitution of Michy Batshuayi by Lois Openda

Michy Batshuayi

Lois Openda

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Nov 23, 2022 | 80'

Men's National Team Substitution of Stephen Eustáquio by Jonathan Osorio

Stephen Eustáquio

Jonathan Osorio

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Nov 23, 2022 | 80'

Men's National Team Substitution of Tajon Buchanan by Liam Millar

Tajon Buchanan

Liam Millar

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Nov 23, 2022 | 82'

Men's National Team yellow card for Alphonso Davies

Alphonso Davies

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Nov 23, 2022 | 83'

Men's National Team yellow card for Alistair Johnston

Alistair Johnston

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Nov 23, 2022 | FT

Match ended, final score: 0 - 1

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