A goal from Michy Batshuayi and Thibaut Courtois saving a penalty gave Belgium a 1-0 win over Canada on Wednesday, which returned to a World Cup in 36 years.

Leading the Belgian attack in the absence of injured talisman Romelu Lukaku, Batshuayi scored in the 44th minute to put Belgium top of Group F ahead of Morocco and Croatia, who drew 0-0 earlier.

It looked as if Canada were going to register their first World Cup goal via a penalty kick, but Courtois, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, denied Alphonso Davies the goal by stopping his feeble shot.

Canada continued to press, their speed wreaking havoc on the Belgian defense and keeping Courtois busy throughout the first half.

But Belgium scored the game-winner in the 44th minute when Batshuayi pushed his way between two defenders, firing a left-footed shot from inside the box after a long pass from Toby Aldeweireld.

The rest of the game, both teams generated chances to score without being able to score.

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