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2022-11-23 23:32:41
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Michy Batshuayi scored within the first half and Thibaut Courtois saved a penalty as Belgium opened their World Cup marketing campaign with a scrappy 1-0 win over an lively Canada who had been again within the finals for first time in 36 years.

Main the Belgian assault within the absence of injured talisman Romelu Lukaku, Batshuayi scored in opposition to the run of play on the stroke of half-time to place the Purple Devils prime of Group F forward of Morocco and Croatia who earlier drew 0-0.

Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne.Credit score:Getty

Of their solely different World Cup look in Mexico in 1986, Canada misplaced all three matches and failed to attain a purpose.

They appeared as if they might register their lengthy awaited first purpose when Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco dealt with the ball within the eleventh minute and Alphonso Davies stepped as much as take the penalty with the Canadian supporters roaring.

However Courtois, one of many world’s finest goalkeepers, denied Davies an historic rating by stopping his weak spot-kick.

The Canadian assault continued to press, their velocity creating havoc within the Belgian defence and conserving Courtois busy all through the primary half.

However in opposition to the run of play Belgium took the lead when Batshuayi broke between two defenders, ran on to a protracted ball and shot previous goalkeeper Milan Borjan within the forty fourth minute.

Canada coach John Herdman mentioned his males would deliver a nothing-to-lose strategy to their opening recreation in opposition to the second-ranked Belgians who arrived in Qatar saddled with the burden of expectation.

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