The FIFA World Cup 2022 continued Wednesday on FOX with Belgium win over Canada by a score of 1-0 at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
A goal in the 44th minute by Michy Batshuayi proved the difference in this one. Canada had plenty of chances but are still looking for their first-ever World Cup goal, and have now fallen to an all-time 0-4-0 in the tournament. A crucial non-appeal of a potential Belgium penalty that would have earned Canada a penalty also drew criticism.
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Here are the highlights of Belgium’s narrow victory!
10 ‘: Belgium stop on penalty!
Canadian star Alphonse Davies was awarded a penalty after a video review revealed Belgium had committed a handball penalty in the box. But the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been here before and showed his experience with a full stoppage to keep Canada still looking for their first-ever World Cup goal.
Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium by blocking a penalty attempt
Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois pulls off an incredible penalty save against Canada after a helping hand in the penalty area during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
31′: Canada still can’t break through!
Canada had plenty of shot attempts in the first half, including several on goal. But Canada’s attack was unsuccessful against Belgian backline and 2018 World Cup Golden Glove winner Courtois.
38′: No-call benefits Belgium
If a penalty had been called Axel Witsel here? The arbitrators decided no.
44′: Belgium strikes first!
Michy Batshuayi converted a fine through ball to give Belgium a 1-0 lead just before extra time in the first half.
Did Belgium get away with another penalty in the first half?
FOX Sports rules expert Mark Clattenburg and analyst Stu Holden believe there was an error in a VAR check which should have resulted in a second penalty kick chance for Canada in the first half .
68′: Incredible anti-shooting slide!
Belgium looked like they had a good chance to extend their lead, but a perfectly timed slide from Richie Laryea saved Batshuayi from being shot.
80′: Courtois AGAIN
The Belgian goalkeeper once again shines on the World Cup stage. Courtois made another big save off a header from Canada to keep his side in front.
Canada wants to make history
Canada is not only looking for its first World Cup win or draw, but also its first World Cup goal. The Canadians are also hoping that a strong performance in Qatar can reignite the passion for soccer at home.
“O Canada” at the World Cup!
The Belgian and Canadian national teams sang their national anthems ahead of the game, marking the first time “O Canada” has been played at the World Cup since 1986.
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