Canada kicked off their first World Cup campaign since 1986 with a 1-0 loss against Belgium, as a goal from Michy Batshuayi sealed the three points for the European nation.
The North American side qualified to the tournament after concluding the Concacaf cycle in first place with 28 points in 14 games, edging out Mexico and the United States. Despite years of preparation for this match, John Herdman’s side failed to concretize in the final third.
The Concacaf side saw their first real shot at goal in the 10th minute of the game.
They were on the brink of history, as a hand ball by Belgium inside the box awarded the Concacaf nation a penalty. Alphonso Davies stepped up to convert the opportunity into Canada’s first ever World Cup goal, having fired blanks in every game back in 1986, but the Bayern Munich player sent the ball to the left for Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to save.
Another foul inside Belgium’s box led Canadian players to plead for a penalty, but the referee rejected the call.
Canada continued to lead offensively, but Courtois denied all opportunities.
The second half saw Canada continue to force Belgium into dangerous situations, but the Concacaf team simply could not convert any opportunity into the equalizer.
Canada now sit in last place of the Group F standings with zero points, as Belgium leads with three, and Croatia and Morocco both tied for second with one. They face Croatia on Sunday, November 27 before concluding the group stage against Morocco on December 1.
Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.
In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María
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