Two teams that threaten to be one of the most dangerous in the tournament face off in Doha. From 4:00 p.m., TV Pública and Directv Sports televise.
The golden generation of Belgian football is fading. As its current captain, Eden Hazard, seems to have done forever. Qatar 2022 will be the last chance for the footballers who, together with their architect, the Spanish Roberto Martínez, have transformed a country of 11.59 million inhabitants into a benchmark. This Wednesday, against Canada (4:00 p.m., Argentine time), they begin a new path through group F, with television broadcast by TV Pública.
The protagonists have recognized that in Russia 2018 they lived their best moment. A World Cup that ended up being the best in its history after achieving third place. A Januzaj goal against England took them to the ‘hard’ side of the box. Agonizing and unlikely victory against Japan, eliminating Brazil in the quarterfinals was ecstasy. In the semifinals, a goal by Frenchman Umtiti frustrated the great dream of reaching the final.
In the nine games that the ‘red devils’ have played in 2022, Hazard has started seven, being the footballer who has received the most fouls -18-. However, this season he has played six for Real Madrid, starting half and not playing 90 minutes in any of them. What’s more, in the last two months he has only put on the white shirt in 71 minutes.
The first rival will be Canada. Led by Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David. Both have guided their team to a World Cup for the second time in their history, and 36 years after the only one they played, in Mexico’86 where they packed their bags in the group stage.
The Bayern Munich winger has had a life full of difficulties, passing through a refugee camp, a myocarditis at the beginning of the year as a result of covid-19 and a muscle injury that almost kept him out of Qatar 2022. He didn’t and even He will be able to play at the premiere, as confirmed by his coach at a press conference.
– Probable formations –
Belgium: Courtois; Meunier, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Carrasco; Witsel, Tielemanns; De Bruyne, Hazard, Openda.
Canada: Borjan; Johnston, Victoria, Miller, Davies; Buchanan, Hutchinson, Kone, Hoilett; Larin, Jonathan David.