In pain, Belgium takes the lead of its group – Debrief and NOTES of the players (Belgium 1-0 Canada)

Shaken and disappointing in the game, Belgium still won a small victory against Canada (1-0) this Wednesday for their entry into the running in the 2022 World Cup. The Belgians take the lead in group F.

In pain, Belgium takes the t

The Belgians congratulate Batshuayi for his goal (1-0, 44th)

Thanks to its short success against Canada (1-0) this Wednesday for its entry into the 2022 World Cup, Belgium takes the lead in group F, two points ahead of Morocco and Croatia. But we will still have to wait to find out if the Belgian selection is a real candidate for the world title.

It’s not tonight’s performance that will provide a real answer. The third of the last World Cup won without shining, and could even have known another fate if the Canadian attackers had been more skilful in the last gesture.

Courtly imperial

At the break, the Belgians certainly warmly congratulated their goalkeeper Courtois in the locker room. The Real Madrid goalkeeper was indeed imperial in the first period to preserve his clean sheet. He first repelled a penalty from Davies, obtained a hand from Carrasco in his area on a strike from Buchanan, then he intervened on a heavy strike from Johnston. Because, yes, Canada dominated a first act during which the Red Devils were hampered by the pressure, the impact and the spontaneity of their opponent.

Batshuayi stuns Canada

In addition to the talent of Courtois, the players of Roberto Martinez were able to count on the clumsiness of the opposing attackers in the last gesture (14 shots, 2 frames) and a boost from the arbitration. Since the Canadians could have obtained a second penalty for a foul by Vertonghen not sanctioned by the referee, who had signaled an offside on a pass… back from a Belgian. But the VAR obviously did not find this strange. David’s teammates could feel confused, and even more due when Batshuayi gave Belgium the advantage just before the break against the run of play (1-0, 44th).

A less animated second period

This goal conceded before halftime put a blow on the head of the Canadian players. Upon returning from the locker room, John Herdman’s men have indeed lost some of their enthusiasm. While Belgium did not show much either by managing their advantage in the score. Fatigue and technical inaccuracies eventually took over opportunities as both teams approached the end of the game. And the score did not move. Canada had missed its chance in the first period. The Belgians, they will be satisfied with the three points but will have to offer something else to hope to go far in this World Cup.

Match score: 5/10

If Belgium had to in the game, Canada animated the first period with its passion and its attacking game. After the break, the Canadians began to suffer physically and the game was a little less exciting in terms of chances.

The goal :

– Launched in depth on an opening from Alderweireld, Batshuayi lets the ball bounce in its path and unleashes a half-volley from the left which flies into the side netting of Borjan (1-0, 44th).

Players’ NOTES

Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) comments on each player.

Man of the match: Thibaut Courtois (8/10)

The Belgian goalkeeper starts his World Cup well. In the first period, he held the barracks by pushing back the penalty from Davies. A very important stoppage because, given the poor attacking play proposed by Belgium this evening, it is not certain that the Red Devils would have won if they were trailing by one goal. Nor even that they would have taken a point…


Thibaut Courtois (8): read the comment above.

Leander Dendoncker (6): a solid game for the central defender. Present in the duel, the Aston Villa player was not put in great danger in the one against one. Besides his good defensive work, he was precise in the raise.

Toby Alderweireld (7): if he had a difficult start to the match, the central defender recovered well afterwards. Overall, the Royal Antwerp player has responded defensively with 100% wins, 2 tackles, 12 clearances and one shot cleared. He also spoke about his quality of passing to launch Batshuayi in depth on the only goal of the meeting.

Jan Vertonghen (4): a complicated match for him. The Anderlecht veteran was jostled by Buchanan on his left side. He could have conceded a penalty without a mistake from the referee in the first half. He also failed in the recovery with 19 lost balls.

Timothy Castagne (5): first concentrated on his defensive tasks, the right piston showed little offensively at the start of the match. And when he offered solutions higher up the pitch, he wasn’t often served. Replaced in the left lane after the break, he did not weigh more offensively in the second period.

Youri Tielemans (3): the middle of Leicester missed his first period. Overwhelmed against the opposing pressing, he had no influence in the game of his team. Replace the 46th by Amadou Onana (5), which brought more physical impact in midfield. Sometimes even a little too much.

Axel Witsel (6): a good match for the Belgian midfielder. The Atletico Madrid player was one of the few to survive in the first period, winning the majority of his duels and showing great accuracy in his transmissions. He stayed at the same pace after the break.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (3): aligned in a left piston role, the Atletico Madrid player had a complicated evening. He suffered enormously on the tumbles of his opponents in his lane. Author of a hand in his area which offers Canada the penalty rat by Davies. Replace the 46th by Thomas Miller (5)which brought more serenity behind.

Kevin De Bruyne (4): it was not the great De Bruyne. The Manchester City midfielder missed unusual passes and got very annoyed with his teammates. Batshuayi could have made better use of his serve in the box in the second half.

Eden Hazard (5): the level of the Belgian captain, confined to the bench at Real Madrid, was one of the questions of the evening. It is clear that the former Lille, even without being flamboyant, was not below his partners. We have even seen him rather comfortable in keeping the ball under pressure. Not decisive, but interesting. Replace the 62nd by Leandro Trossard (not not).

Michy Batshuayi (6): holder in the absence of Lukaku, the striker had the merit of getting chances despite the few balls touched during the first period. After a shot stopped by the goalkeeper then a shot deflected by a defender, the former Marseille player found the way to the net before the half-volley break from the left. He is a little too passive on a good serve from De Bruyne in the second half. Replace the 78th by Los Openda (no not).


Milan Borjan (5): vigilant from between on a strike from Batshuayi, the Canadian goalkeeper did not have much to do until the goal of the Belgian striker just before the break. A serious second period with sure shots.

Alistair Johnston (5): Hazard gave him trouble, but the defender had an interesting first half. He did not hesitate to project himself and solicit Courtois with a powerful shot. Less in sight after the break.

Steven Vitoria (4): the central defender was in charge of looking after Batshuayi. If the Belgian striker did not cause him too many worries in the duel, he took advantage of his lack of intervention to score the only goal of the match.

Kamal Miller (6): the best Canadian defender tonight. Powerful and solid, he physically challenged the Belgian attackers. He is decisive with two big authoritarian returns in front of Batshuayi.

Junior Hoilett (5): restless and very active in pressing, the Belgian striker was a difficult player to manage for the Belgians. With more accuracy, he could have been much more dangerous. Replace the 58th by Cyle Larin (not).

Atiba Hutchinson (6): 39 years, 9 months and 15 days, he became the oldest outfield player in the history of the World Cup. From experience, it did interfere with the construction of the Belgian game for almost an hour. Replace the 58th by Ismael Kon (not not).

Stephen Eustquio (6.5): the midfielder was valuable for his team. His large volume allowed him to recover many balls and then project himself to accompany his attacking partners. With fatigue, he lost clarity and precision in the second half. Replace the 81st by Jonathan Osorio (not not).

Richie Laryea (6): a great activity in his right lane. He was interesting on his climbs which led to dangerous crosses and proved to be solid defensively, like his big comeback in front of Batshuayi to prevent Belgium from making the break. Replace the 74th by Sam Adekugbe (not).

Tajon Buchanan (6): Bursting with energy, the Canadian striker was a real poison for the Belgian defenders. His movement and dribbling allowed him to make a lot of difference. Unfortunately for him, he often sinned in the last gesture. Stirring but imprecise, a match in the image of his team. His strike which hits the hand of Carrasco causes the penalty in the first period. Replace the 81st by Liam Millar (not).

Alphonso Davies (4): titularis at the left piston position, the Bayern Munich player will not have good memories of this match. His speed and percussion allowed him to make a difference, but we will especially remember this penalty rejected by Courtois, and not very well shot.

Jonathan David (5): the Canada striker did not spare his efforts. Concerned by the pressing and very available, the Lille player struggled in front to weigh in offensively and defensively. He failed to be decisive despite his best efforts.

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BELGIUM 1-0 CANADA (mid-time: 1-0) – CdM 2022 – 1st round, Group F / 1st day
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – Referee: Janny Sikazwe, Zambia

Goals : Mr. Batshuayi (44th) for BELGIUM
Warnings : Y. Carrasco (9th), T. Meunier (53rd), A. Onana (56th)for BELGIUM – A. Davies (81st), A.Johnston (83rd)for CANADA

BELGIUM : T.CourtoisL. Dendoncker, T. Alderweireld, J. VertonghenT. Castagne, Y. Carrasco (A. Onana, 46th)Y. Tielemans (T. Meunier, 46th), A.WitselK. De Bruyne, E. Hazard (L. Trossard, 62nd)Mr. Batshuayi (L. Openda, 78th)

CANADA : Mr BorjanA.Johnston, S. Vitria, K.MillerR. Laryea (S. Adekugbe, 74th), A. DaviesA. Hutchinson (I. Kon, 58th), S. Eustquio (J. Osorio, 81st)T. Buchanan (L. Millar, 81st), J. Hoilett (C. Larin, 58th)J.David

Batshuayi offered the victory to Belgium (1-0, 44th)

Courtois starts on the right side on Davies’ penalty

The Courtois wall

The referee of the meeting was not very inspired…

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