Canada unconvincing before the World Cup

Canada tied Bahrain 2-2 in a friendly played in the small Persian Gulf island on Friday.

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This is the last international match for the Canadian team before the roster for the World Cup is announced this weekend.

During this meeting, John Herdman had on hand almost only players from Major League Soccer (MLS), since the players playing in the other championships will only be released in the coming days.

Five representatives of CF Montreal, Samuel Piette, Ismaël Koné, Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller and Joel Waterman, were starters. Zachary Brault-Guillard also took part in the meeting.

Kone shines

Of the lot, Koné shone with an inspired performance. He scored the first goal for his team by recovering superbly with his foot a long pass from his Montreal teammate Kamal Miller to slip behind the opposing defense and beat the goalkeeper with a high shot in the sixth minute.

The hosts, 85th in the FIFA rankings, however, had no intention of being trodden on and played hard against the Canadians (41st) who took the lead in the first half.

However, the Bahrainis tied the game in the 14th minute when Joel Waterman missed a play, allowing Mahdi Al-Humaidan to fire a good shot that deflected off the hand of goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.

The home favorites may have thought they could save themselves with victory when Abdulla Yusuf Helal broke the tie on a penalty shot in the 65th minute, but it was without counting on the Canadian persistence.

Canada had a bit of luck when a Brault-Guillard cross deflected past Lucas Cavallini in the 81st minute to tie the game.

A record

Playing his 27th straight game with the national team, Johnston tied a club record, now tied with Bruce Wilson who set the mark from 1984 to 1986, when the team last played. team at the World Cup.

Johnston has missed just one in 29 games since 2021 and could set a new mark as early as next week.

Indeed, Canada will play a final preseason match against Japan next Thursday in Dubai.

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