The numbers also prove: the Red Devils came off with a fright against Canada at the World Cup

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The Red Devils won their opening match at the World Cup in Qatar 1-0 against Canada on Wednesday evening at the Ahmed bin Ali stadium in Ar Rayyan, Qatar. With three points, the Devils immediately take the lead in group F, after the earlier scoreless draw between Morocco and Croatia, and they are doing excellent business with a view to the second round.

Vincent Van Genechten

Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal of the match with half time in sight. Before that, Alphonso Davies had missed a penalty for Canada. The Canadian preponderance also became painfully clear in the statistics.

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The craziest statistics were those of Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian metronome was far from himself before the break (and after the Qatari tea, actually).

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After the break, the game turned, but no more goals were scored. The Canadian storm subsided, although it shivered until the end. In the end, the Red Devils conceded no fewer than 22 shots. That was already in a World Cup group stage in 1998. At the same time, the Belgians also equalized a world record, with the eighth victory in the group stage of a World Cup.

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Even more striking: until his replacement by Loïs Openda, Michy Batshuayi was the only Red Devil who could threaten the Canadian goalkeeper.

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