Seductive, the Canadians were. Killers, much less. Defeated by Belgium on Wednesday, Canada lacked realism, while the country has still not scored a single goal in the World Cup.
Thirty-six years since Canada had participated in a World Cup. Since the Mexican World Cup in 1986, the people with the maple leaf have nevertheless had time to understand that in football, sorry, in soccer, the important thing is to score goals. Unfortunately for them, against the Belgians on Wednesday, and despite their plethora of situations, the Canadians did not shake the net and will have to wait at least four more days to score the first goal in their World Cup history. However, Jonathan David had situations to be forever the first, but the Lille resident multiplied the bad choices, or the clumsiness.
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Obviously, the Brooklyn native – like Biggie – isn’t the only one to blame for this lack of realism, but as the peak forward for nearly an hour, he bears the brunt. The turning point may have arrived as early as the 11e minute, when Alphonso Davies sends a shot that is too soft and too axial to deceive Thibaut Courtois from the penalty spot. Although they clearly should have benefited from a second penalty four minutes later, the Canucks have never digested this failure and have framed only three of their 21 shots in 90 minutes. Opposite, the Red Devils have only struck nine times, but once on target, including a goal. A goal that hurts a lot. Especially since this lack of realism is one of the few things that we could blame the men of John Herdman. That, and the incredible wait-and-see attitude on Michy Batshuayi’s goal, after a very long cross from Toby Alderweireld.
Many good things
Otherwise, Canada were flamboyant and gave the winners of the last small final a real torment, who finally carried out the first hold-up of the competition. At the head of this formidable mute team, the sympathetic Stephen Eustaquio. The FC Porto midfielder completely dominated his subject and perfectly guided his team’s play. In the oven and at the mill, he even offered a small pastry by slipping a small bridge to Kevin De Bruyne and continuing with a caviar for David, whose head will flee the frame (48e). The danger also came from someone the Belgians know well: Tajon Buchanan. The Club Brugge winger did not skimp on pressing and showed great technical ability, in addition to a burst of speed that we already knew about him. Even if he sent a missile into the stands to make the North Koreans jealous (61e), and that he was a little less good in the second half, the 23-year-old drove the Belgian defense crazy, admittedly not super solid.
All is therefore not to be thrown away for Canada, which will seek Sunday against Croatia to open its account at the highest level of international football. But above all to take points, because this selection is enough to annoy a lot of teams that are poorly organized tactically. Be careful all the same to adjust the target, otherwise the Canadians will drink the calisse to the dregs.
By Leo Peat