Canada’s Dominant Game Ends with Lose To Belgium
Canada were left to rue a series of missed opportunities as Belgium beat them 1-0 in the Qatar World Cup.
Canada had numerous chances to score their first goal at a World Cup on their return to the tournament for the first time since 1986.
Alphonso Davies had a glorious chance to score for Canada in the tenth minute, only to have his penalty kick stopped by Belgian goalie Thibaut Courtois.
The pace and press of the Canadians caused the Belgians real discomfort in a first half that saw the Canadians launch 14 shots — the most without scoring in the first half of a World Cup match since England (17) against Trinidad and Tobago in 2006, according to sports analytics company Opta.
Canada’s next game will take place on Sunday against Croatia.
Croatia and Morocco drew 0-0 earlier Wednesday, and Herdman said Group F is “wide open.”
Canada’s last World Cup outing was 13,316 days ago, according to Canada Soccer — a 2-0 loss to the Soviet Union on June 9, 1986, in Leon, Mexico.