Belgium weathered an incredible Canadian storm by winning their opening match of the 2022 World Cup 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Play their first world Cup The game at 36 years old, the canMNT He pressed and pressed their illustrious opponents from the whistle and after the early pressure, Som was awarded a penalty for handball in the eighth minute.
Canada didn’t let their heads down, however, and kept pressing Belgium, making mistakes and creating multiple chances for the likes of Jonathan David and Tajoon Buchanan.
However, a wasted Canadian finish came back to haunt them in the first half when Michy Batshuayi wedged between two defenders to meet a perfect pass from Toby Alderweireld, before firing the ball past goalkeeper Milan Borgan.
Somewhat run out after the break, Canada offered only brief moments of quality, with a few first-half changes from Roberto Martinez helping to steady the ship and seeing the Red Devils across the line.
However, Canada has proven here that they have to be taken seriously at their second World Cup, highlighting a number of weaknesses in the Belgian rankings.
GK: Thibaut Courtois – 9/10 – The reason Belgium ran away alive from this match was as they saved Davies’ penalty and came away with another massive tackle.
CB: Leander Dendoncker – 6/10 – Safe enough on the ball, struggled against the Canadian counter-attacks.
CB: Toby Alderweireld – 7/10 – He had a few difficult moments when Davies and David started running towards him, but he was excellent on the ball, especially with his assists on goal.
Central defender: Jan Vertonghen – 5/10 – wasted the ball and was unable to keep up with the opponent.
RB: Timothy Castagne – 4/10 – Looked mismatched as he attempted to defend Alphonso Davies.
CM: Axel Witsel – 6/10 – Tidy with the ball but didn’t use it to any great effect.
CM: Youri Tielemans – 4/10 – Greatly outdone by the game. Tielemans has repeatedly been a target of the Canadian press.
LEFT BACK: Yannick Carrasco – 5/10 – He’s tired on the left, with Canada frequently targeting his winger. He did his best before he was put off at halftime. He gave the punishment.
CAM: Kevin De Bruyne – 3/10 – One of the worst performances you’re likely to see from De Bruyne. Sad decision making. They need to improve quickly to give Belgium a chance at the World Cup.
Attacking midfielder: Eden Hazard – 5/10 – Tried his best to take the game to Canada but just couldn’t handle their sport.
Forward: Michy Batshuayi – 8/10 – Under great pressure to perform in place of the injured Lukaku but always providing an outlet for Belgium. He took his aim well.
Sub: Thomas Meunier (46 minutes to Carrasco) – 6/10 – helped stabilize things defensively.
Sub: Amadou Onana (46 min for Telemans) – 7/10 – Made Belgium safer on the ball.
SUB: Leandro Trossard (62 min for Hazard) – 5/10 – I never go.
SUB: Lois Openda (78′ for Batshuayi) – 5/10 – Didn’t adjust to the pace of the match.
Director: Roberto Martinez – 7/10 – I got it all wrong in the first half and he was lucky to take the lead. But the first half chances that killed Canada must be recognized.
GK: Milan Borgan – 6/10 – You can do nothing about the target. Otherwise solid.
CB: Alistair Johnston – 7/10 – He quickly got through some early nerves to take on a blood and thunder performance.
CB: Stephen Vittoria – 7/10 – He used his experience to cut off the multiple Belgian advances. very author.
CB: Kamal Miller – 7/10 – He was in tears during Canada’s national anthem and brought that passion to the game. He almost lost himself at times, but he faced some vital challenges.
RWB: Richie Laryea – 8/10 – Was a true threat every game for Canada. Belgium can’t cope. Create four chances.
CM: Atiba Hutchinson – 7/10 – Brilliant moment for the 39-year-old as he made his World Cup debut with his 99th cap. He rose to the occasion with some cool play on the ball.
CM: Stephen Eustaquio – 8/10 – A beautifully balanced performance from the Porto man, who is creative, devastating and composed in equal measure.
Left-back: Alphonso Davies – 7/10 – He was booked for the awful penalty. He hasn’t let that dampen his confidence, though, as Davies constantly turns the Belgium defense on its head. Global talent.
RW: Tajon Buchanan – 7/10 – A really great performance by the former New England Revolution man. He used his pace and skill to maximum effect and created a number of chances. He missed two of the same good guys, though.
Forwards: Jonathan David – 6/10 – A player of his quality should have walked out of this game with at least one goal, if not more. It can’t be lowered too much, however, considering how much he’s worked with the Belgian defenders.
LB: Junior Howlett – 7/10 – Didn’t see much of the ball but made it count by creating two chances out of just four accurate passes. I worked hard when Belgium had it.
Sub: Kyle Larraine (58 min to Hullett) – 5/10 – Missed a good opportunity with a free header.
SUB: Ismael Kony (58min Hutchinson) – 6/10 – Showed an impressive amount of composure considering his age. It’s easy to see why it has attracted European interest.
SUB: Sam Adekugbe (74 min for Laryea) – 7/10 – Picking up where Laryea left off.
SUB: Liam Millar (81′ for Buchanan) – 5/10 – Tried to make things happen but never found his set.
SUB: Jonathan Osorio (81 min for Eustaquio) – 6/10 – Was good but wasn’t given enough time to really make a difference.
Director: John Herdman – 8/10 – It exploits Belgium’s weaknesses with well-organised and executed journalism. He deserved a lot from this match, but I ran out of ideas in the second half.