thibaut courtois VAR was called into action within 10 minutes of being determined Yannick Carrasco handled the ball in the field, but real madrid keeper canadian refused Alphonso Davis from the penalty spot to keep the game scoreless.
Lawrence: Canada is far better, but Belgium’s Courtois saves the day
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Leading Belgium’s attack in the absence of injured Talisman Romelu LukakuBatshuayi scored against the run of play on the stroke of half-time to put the Red Devils top of Group F. Morocco And CroatiaWho had earlier drawn 0-0.
In their only other World Cup in Mexico in 1986, Canada lost all three matches and failed to score.
When Yannick Carrasco of Belgium handled the ball in the 11th minute and Davies stepped up to take the penalty to the roar of the Canadian supporters, it looked as if they would register their long-awaited first goal.
But Courtois, one of the world’s best goalscorers, denied Davies a historic score by stopping his wayward spot-kick.
Canada’s attack continued to press, their pace wreaking havoc on the Belgian defense and keeping Courtois busy throughout the first half.
But against the run of play, Belgium took the lead when Batshuayi broke between two defenders, ran onto a long ball and fired past the goalkeeper milan borjan In the 44th minute.
Canadian coach John Herdmann said his team would take nothing for granted in losing their opening game against the second-ranked Belgians. Queue Burdened under the weight of expectations.
Having finished third in the 2018 finals in Russia, Red Devils supporters want more this time around from a star-studded roster that has been dubbed the “Golden Generation”.
Canada, who surprised by finishing ahead of traditional regional powers in CONCACAF qualifying group Mexico And this United States of americaRepresented a potentially tricky opener for Roberto Martinez’s side and proved to be just that.
The second half was more even with both sides creating chances but neither scoring.