With fairness: Belgium beat Canada and is the leader of Group F of the Qatar 2022 World Cup

The ‘Red Devils’ started on the right foot. At the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Belgium Y Canada they gave us a great game that had many emotions at the start of group F of the World Cup Qatar 2022. Although the cast of the ‘Maple Leaf’ generated many options, Thibaut Courtois looked great: he blocked a penalty from Davies, and the Europeans ended up winning with Michy Batshuayi’s goal. Result that leaves them as the only leaders in their area.

Canada returned to play in a World Cup 36 years later and, with its sights set on the 2026 one that it will co-organize with the United States and Mexico, it left a message of a job well done and deserved more against a Belgium that is far from the memory of Russia 2018, where it was third, and in which only an ever-present Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi were saved thanks to their goal.

Eden Hazard went to the locker room at halftime puffing. Faithful reflection of the first half signed by the ‘red devils’. Disorganized, faint-hearted in defense and imprecise in attack. Even Kevin de Bruyne failed his periscope and the golden precision that characterizes him. If you don’t even get that, it’s normal for Hazard to snort.

And it is that Belgium showed in the first 45 minutes all the defects that are attributed to it. But among so much talent there is one that does not go out even in the worst moments: Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper knows what it means to save his team, for a reason he was named the best goalkeeper last season.

A handball by Carrasco on a Buchanan shot was reviewed by Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who ended an Africa Cup match between Mali and Tunisia in the 85th minute on January 12, on the screen. There was no doubt and Alphonso Davies was preparing to debut in a World Cup with only ten minutes played, but he could not beat the Belgian wall in a maximum penalty that he shot loosely and slightly heeled.

He was not far from being able to make up for it. In the 39th minute, Witsel locked Laryea inside the area, after being easily outpaced. The action was reviewed in the VAR; There was contact, but they decided that it was not enough and the main referee did not even go to see her. Belgium was saved again and a goal came out of nowhere.

Contrary to the preconceived plan, it was Roberto Martínez’s men who used long balls to try to create danger, and in one of Alderweireld he found the sublime version of a hitherto imprecise Michy Batshuayi and on many occasions disconnected from the play due to being outside of game. He defined perfectly with the inside of his left foot, falling, and put an unreal 1-0 by sensations, but tangible in what really matters, the score. 4-14 shooting, but 1-0.

Aware of the poor staging of his team, the Spanish coach made a double change at halftime. Onana for Tielemans -who had two good chances to receive the ball from De Bryune’s boots, but it did not reach him- to reinforce the midfield and Meunier for a Carrasco with a yellow card, outclassed in defense and inactive in attack.

And they were the demonstration that it was not the day of Belgium. Both saw a yellow card ten minutes after being on the pitch. And Meunier made a tackle in the 60th minute that could well cost him the second due to a stomp.

While Belgium did everything possible for Canada to score their first goal in a World Cup, Alphonso Davies showed his personality and went on to play where he wanted. Of everything. With his football, as if he played at x2 speed of WhatsApp audio permanently activated, but it wasn’t his day.

Neither did Cyle Larin’s. The Brugge striker came out in the 58th minute and had three good chances to bring joy to his team, but first Alderweireld anticipated just before he kicked, then it was Courtois who left a header inside the area for nothing and already in minute 86 his header went very high.

Very little prize for Canada in its return to the elite of national team soccer and a lot of work ahead for Roberto Martínez if, really, Belgium’s goal is to become one of the contenders for the title.

With information from EFE.

Belgium vs. Canada: alignments and incidents

The ‘Red Devils’ were one step away from the definition in Russia 2018 and had to settle for third place, in what has been their best participation in the World Cup. Four years have passed since then and the coach Roberto Martínez has good and bad times due to several of the performances of his players.

What time do Belgium vs. Canada in the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Mexico – 1:00 p.m.

Peru – 2:00 p.m.

Ecuador – 2:00 p.m.

Colombia – 2:00 p.m.

Venezuela – 3:00 p.m.

Bolivia – 3:00 p.m.

Argentina – 4:00 p.m.

Chile – 4:00 p.m.

Uruguay – 4:00 p.m.

Paraguay – 4:00 p.m.

Brazil – 4:00 p.m.

Spain – 8:00 p.m.

The moment Thibaut Courtois or Kevin De Bruyne is going through is indisputable, with Real Madrid and Manchester City, respectively. However, Eden Hazard’s present is the one that generates the most doubts among fans of the national team. Above, the scorer Romelu Lukaku has physical problems with a view to the premiere.

On their side, Canada returns to the World Cup for the first time since Mexico 1986. Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David were key to ending the 36-year absence, who aim to be starters. Indeed, the winger was on the list of doubts, but DT John Herdman assured that he “has been able to train normally and is smiling. It’s fantastic”.

Belgium vs. Canada: broadcast channels

Mexico – SKY Sports, Channel 5, TUDN, Azteca 7

Peru – DirecTV Sports

Ecuador – DirecTV Sports

Colombia – DirecTV Sports, RCN TV, Caracol TV

Venezuela – DirecTV Sports, Televen

Bolivia – Tigo Sports

Argentina – DirecTV Sports, TeleCentro, Public TV, DeporTV

Chile – DirecTV Sports, Channel 13, ChileVisión

Uruguay – DirecTV Sports, Antel TV, Channel 4, Claro Sports, TeleDoce, Channel 10, Montecable HD 1

Paraguay – Tigo Sports, Telefuturo, Channel Thirteen, SNT

Brazil – SporTV, Globo

Where to watch online Belgium vs. Canada in the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Mexico – ViX Plus

Peru – DirecTV GO

Ecuador – DirecTV GO, CNT Play

Colombia – DirecTV GO, Caracol Play

Venezuela – DirecTV GO

Bolivia – Tigo Sports App, Entel TV Smart

Argentina – DirecTV GO, Cont.ar

Chile – DirecTV GO

Paraguay – Tigo Sports App

Uruguay – DirecTV GO, MCGo Live

Brazil – GloboEsporte.com, NOW NET and Claro

Spain – World Goal, Movistar Plus

Belgium vs. Canada: possible match line-ups

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.

Where will Belgium vs. Canada in the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

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