Belgium vs Canada LIVE! World Cup 2022

Roberto Martinez leads Belgium to their second World Cup against Canada at Al Rayyan’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. After finishing third in 2018, it feels like the last chance for many of Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’, a group of players who never really clicked on the biggest stage of all.

Where this may be the end of the road for Belgium, it is the start of something new for Canada. Back in the tournament for the first time since 1986, they will stage part of the World Cup four years from now and boast some exciting talent, led by Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David.

Two teams that appear to be headed on opposite trajectories, a win for either would be an early statement in Group F after Croatia’s draw with Morocco earlier on Wednesday. Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Nizaar Kinsella will provide expert analysis from the ground up!

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Roberto Martinez sends a message from Canada to the Belgian team

The Belgium boss insists he won’t take Canada lightly…

‘Canada has something very special’ – Martinez warns Belgium team

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How Jonathan David went from amateur prospect in Ottawa to star targeted by Arsenal and Liverpool

If Lille are to spark an unlikely comeback against Chelsea in the Champions League, then you can bet Jonathan David will be at the heart of it.

David turned professional just four years ago, starting his career playing amateur football in Canada, but now the striker is one of Europe’s hottest properties ahead of the summer transfer window.

Arsenal, Liverpool and other Premier League clubs are following him, but Italian and Spanish clubs are also interested.

It underscores how far David has come, starting his career playing amateur football in Ottawa.

Read Simon Collings’ full article here!

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Earlier in Group F

Morocco and Croatia played out an intriguing 0-0 draw as both nations began their World Cup campaigns.

A first half of few chances turned into a much more entertaining second as the 2018 runners-up pushed for a late winner but failed to break a stubborn and well-trained Morocco.

Croatia will now focus on their game against Canada on Sunday, when Morocco take on Belgium.

Predictably, Croatia’s finest moments lay with Luka Modric, who had the freedom of the park, floating effortlessly back and forth with football’s traditional midfield roles seemingly not applying. to the captain of Croatia.

Read our full match report here!

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Curious Case of Canada’s Global Rise Wearing Old Kits

The rapid rise of Canada’s men’s national team is exemplified by the fact that they won’t even wear a new kit at their first World Cup since 1986.

Canada face Belgium in their Group F opener tonight and, led by Geordie coach John Herdman and Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies, want to make some noise in Qatar.

But, unlike the other teams in the tournament, the players will come out to Ahmad bin Ali Stadium wearing old shirts.

When Canada Soccer and Nike signed a partnership in December 2018, the team was ranked 78th in the world and their chances of qualifying for Qatar looked slim.

Read the full story here!

The Century Marina Hotel in Lusail, where the Canadian national team is staying

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Belgium ordered to remove ‘love’ message from World Cup away kit

Belgium were asked by FIFA to change their away kit for the Qatar World Cup on the eve of the tournament because it contains the word “love”.

That’s according to Peter Bossaert, CEO of the Belgian Football Association, who said the team had been ordered to change their kit ahead of their opener against Canada on Wednesday.

This follows warnings from FIFA, Belgium, England and five other European nations that their captains would be booked if they wore the ‘OneLove’ rainbow captain’s armband for their matches.

Belgium and the other nations have all agreed not to wear it after the threat of a booking for their skipper.

But now the Belgians also have to change their away kit as it features the word love and incorporates rainbow colours.

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World Cup Canada 2022 guide: star player, fixtures, team, one to watch, odds of winning

Canada will only make it to the second World Cup final in its history.

What near-rookies lack in experience, they hope, will be made up for in the quality of stars like Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David.

Here’s everything you need to know about Canada…

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Belgium World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, team, one to watch, winning odds

Ranked second in the world and not without reason, Belgium always seem on the verge of missing their last big chance.

Boss Martinez is desperate for Eden Hazard to find the sharpness while Romelu Lukaku’s fitness is a big worry ahead of their World Cup opener.

Here is everything you need to know about Belgium…

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Canada has such momentum ahead of this one that it’s hard to top them against a Belgian side whose best days are long behind them.

Canada wins 2-1.

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Team Canada News: Concerning Davies

Canadian star Davies, meanwhile, was another injury problem ahead of the World Cup and may not be ready for the opener.

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Belgium team news: Romelu Lukaku not in good shape

Martinez started Eden Hazard alongside Michy Batshuayi for the loss to Egypt with Romelu Lukaku still not fully fit.

The Inter striker faces a race against time to be fit for the opener.

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