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Canada ‘broke personal-best records’ in Belgium defeat

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Canadian Men’s National Team head coach John Herdman has praised the sheer levels of effort put in by his players in their narrow 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Wednesday.

In their first World Cup match since 1986, Canada pushed the Belgians all the way, dominating for large spells and outperforming their illustrious opponents in shots, xG, and big chances.

Star play Alphonso Davies passed up the CanMNT’s biggest chance, missing from the penalty spot in the 11th minute. Canada were punished just before halftime with Michy Batshuayi scoring what proved to be the winning goal.

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Still, that did little to dampen the feeling of pride within the Canadian ranks and in the aftermath, Herdman has revealed just how much his players put into the match.

“They broke personal-best records in their physical performance. I mean that was guys pushing genuine PBs,” he said (via TSN). “It was actually quite special what we saw in terms of the high-intensity running and total kilometers. And then they’ve got to go do it again.”

Canada cannot spend too long licking their wounds. Up next is a key clash against 2018 finalists Croatia on Sunday where defeat would surely spell the end of their second-ever World Cup campaign.

Instead, Herdman has called on his players to bring a similar level of effort against another European giant.

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“It’s those behaviors that we’ll continue to work on. That’s what the players see in the review meeting today,” said Herdman. “And we’ve got to close some gaps going into this meeting with Croatia, who are a hell of a team.”

The Englishman later added: “Recovery is what this is about. A real mental regeneration and physical regeneration to be able to just go and put it all out there against Croatia.”

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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

On Sunday, England and Senegal, their opponents in the last-16 of the World Cup, square off at Al Bayt Stadium in a battle for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Three Lions take on the Lions of Teranga, who advanced to the knockout stages thanks to a crucial intervention from their captain, in a first-ever meeting after Gareth Southgate’s team defeated Wales to win Group B.

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England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson, Bellingham; Saka, Foden, Kane.  

Senegal XI: E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; Ciss, N. Mendy; Diatta, Ndiaye, Sarr; Dia. 

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USMNT players apologize for World Cup elimination

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US men’s national team players took to social media to apologize to fans following their elimination from the 2022 World Cup.  

After failing to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament, the American side entered Qatar with high hopes. The team kicked off with draws against England and Wales, before triumphing 1-0 over Iran to make the knockout round as second place of Group B. 

Gregg Berhalter’s side was forced to face the Netherlands on Saturday at Khalifa International Stadium for the highly anticipated match up. Despite an energetic start to the game, the USMNT ultimately lost 3-1, with goals from Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The Americans will now look forward to the 2026 World Cup where they will serve as hosts alongside Mexico and Canada. 

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France vs Poland: Confirmed lineups

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In Sunday’s last-16 matchup at the Al-Thumama Stadium, Poland and France, the current champions, prepare for battle after both teams lost in their World Cup 2022 group stage campaigns.

Les Bleus completed first in Gathering D to endure to the knockout rounds, while Czeslaw Michniewicz’s men set up a bind with the holders subsequent to putting second in Gathering C.

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