Kevin De Bruyne was voted man of the match, although he did not want to accept the award.  Photo: AP / Ariel Schalit.

The North Americans, who returned to a World Cup for the first time since 1986, suffered from their lack of efficiency against the Europeans, one of the candidates to fight the favorites.

It happened to Argentina, also to Germany and this Wednesday there was another exhibition that opportunism kills intensity. if you know Belgiumthat suffering before a suffocating Canada In his debut in Group F, he took the same three points by taking advantage of one of the few times he stepped on the area. Although she took a bitter taste from defeat 1-0, the Canadian team confirmed its good level, the one that brought it to its second World Cup in history after 36 years. With pure heart and dynamics, was more than the Europeansalthough they failed in the zone of fire, there where his rival put the one he had.

What Canada should have done out of merit, Belgium did towards the end of the first half out of opportunism. The North American team had everything to get ahead, including a penalty. However, the lack of temperance in the last meters skewed the view of their attacking men who did not resolve well the numerous chances in an initial stage in which they were dominant.

Belgium was assaulted. Canada stole the ball from him and made it their own. He squeezed the European team up and created a lot of problems for him at the start. He had a march of speed and also of intensity. Before ten minutes he already saw the goal pass before his eyes. Through the VAR call, the Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe charged a penalty for a clear handball from Yannick Carrasco after a shot by Tajon Buchanan. Alphonso Davies kicked and Thibaut Courtois chose very well to shoot towards the right post to block it.




Kevin De Bruyne was voted man of the match, although he did not want to accept the award. Photo: AP / Ariel Schalit.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper was important in resisting the Canadian insistence. He also disabled a shot at Alistair Johnston. Buchanan, who plays for Belgian league club Bruges and appeared to be having a special night, lost his in front of goal after Richie Laryea’s cross.

Belgium was having a hard time, mainly because their key man, Kevin De Bruyne, wasn’t sharp; quite the opposite. The Manchester City figure stood as a link and from there he had the task of managing his team. However, he found it erratic and imprecise. And his deadly weapon, the through ball, didn’t work.

An oriented control by Eden Hazard that ended in the chance of Michy Batshuayi intercepted just in time by Kamal Miller had been the only interesting production from Belgium. Until, in an exit from the bottom, Toby Alderweireld raised his head and took a shot that more than a pitch was a true assist of more than 50 meters for Batshuayi, who stung between the center-backs and defined with his left foot.

Cyle Larin of Canada reacts during the Group F match between Belgium and Canada.  Photo: Xinhua/Meng Dingbo.


Cyle Larin of Canada reacts during the Group F match between Belgium and Canada. Photo: Xinhua/Meng Dingbo.

Unfair? Yes. But football is also played with cunning. And Spanish Roberto Martínez’s team was awake at the right time to take advantage of space in an instant and not miss inside the area, something that Canada got tired of doing. The cast led by John Herdman was unsuccessful over and over again in the last meters.

Still, Canada never let up. He kept up the pressure and intensity, it was always more and he counted a few more goal options, which he could not solve. He left empty-handed, but with the certainty that he is ready to fight for the classification.

Rayyan, Qatar. Special delivery.

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