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Belgium vs Canada LIVE: Latest 2022 World Cup goals updated as Batshuayi scores after Davies misses a penalty

“Canada has something special,” Martinez warns his Belgian staff

Belgium’s 2022 World Cup campaign will kick off this evening with a Group F match against Canada, with manager Roberto Martinez looking to take his side further than Russia’s third-place finish four years ago. This tournament could represent the final chance for the Belgian generation to lift a major trophy as the squad features players like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

The Red Devils are clear favorites to progress from a group that also includes Morocco and Croatia – who played a goalless draw this morning – and will be looking to start off with a win over a surprising Canada in the qualifiers.

Canada made its first appearance at the World Cup since 1986 after a brilliant qualifying campaign led by coach John Herdman, but in Qatar they are clearly underdogs. They finished top of the table in the Concacaf qualifiers ahead of Mexico and the USA, with Cyle Larin scoring 13 goals throughout the campaign, finishing as top scorer.

Belgium, ranked second in the world, also has some injury concerns. Lukaku will be out with a thigh injury and Thomas Meunier will also be out with a broken cheekbone – but Jan Vertonghen is back despite being hit.

Follow all the action from Qatar on our blog live below as the Spain v Costa Rica match concludes.


Belgium 1-0 Canada

78 mins: Belgium’s goal scorer Michy Batshuayi is addicted to the passage of time in Qatar. He is replaced by Lois Openda in the latter stages of this game.

Will Belgium score again to secure the three points?

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:39


Belgium 1-0 Canada

75 minutes: Shut up! Laryea adds some momentum to Canada’s play and takes Buchanan out from the right. He carries the ball all the way to the penalty area and then slides it into Cyle Larin.

Larin touches and the ball runs away from him, meaning Belgium can clear it away before he takes a shot.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:37


Belgium 1-0 Canada

72 Minutes: Less than 20 minutes plus extra time for what seems like a tiring trip to Canada. They have been pushing Belgium exceptionally well so far and need to maintain a high level of intensity.

However, it will be a difficult task for them.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:35


Belgium 1-0 Canada

69 mins: Incredible save by Richie Laryea! Belgium creates an overload after failing Kamal Miller’s challenge where De Bruyne sees in space to the right.

He slides the ball into Batshuayi, who needs an age to control it. Laryea runs backwards and dives from behind just as the Belgian takes the shot.

Laryea blocks the shot and takes a corner!

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:31


Belgium 1-0 Canada

66 mins: Cyle Larin holds the ball to the touchline but Leander Dendoncker interrupts Canada’s attack. He clears the ball to Kevin De Bruyne who drives onto the pitch before passing to Michy Batshuayi.

Kamal Miller flies in and jumps into the gear. He wins the ball and kicks Canada back to attack. Fantastic equipment.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:28


Belgium 1-0 Canada

63 mins: Eden Hazard’s night is over as Brighton’s Leandro Trossard is brought in to replace him in Belgium. Gambling didn’t really affect the match he was hoping for.

Belgium loses possession deep in their own half, and after a square pass the ball rolls to Tajon Buchanan, who hurriedly strikes from distance and flies very high over the crossbar!

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:24


Belgium 1-0 Canada

60 mins: Buchanan dribbles down the left wing and runs into Meunier, who leaves a little too much for the striker, giving Canada another free-kick in a dangerous area.

Eustaquio also takes it but turns up the set-piece as he takes aim at his teammates at the back post.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:21


Belgium 1-0 Canada

57 mins: John Herdman looks at his bench just before the hour and makes a double substitution with Cyle Larin and Ismael Kone replacing Junior Hoilett and Atiba Hutchinson.

Larin had a very good qualifying campaign for Canada which will need him to get back on the scoresheet tonight.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:20


Belgium 1-0 Canada

54 mins: Yellow card! The diagonal ball crosses the court and Hoilett and Meunier collide in an attempt to win it in the air. Meunier leads with an elbow and hits Hoilett on the back of the head, earning himself a place in the book.

Canada wins the free kick, which Eustaquio picks up on the other side of the penalty area. Belgium keeps their line high and the ball flies over everyone.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:15


Belgium 1-0 Canada

51 mins: Shot! Canada continues to push high on the pitch with Belgium sitting behind them and maintaining their form just beyond penalty.

Eustaquio receives the ball and moves it to the right to create enough space for a long range attack. There’s decent power behind the shot, but it hits well beyond the far post.

Michael JonesNovember 23, 2022 20:11


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