An experienced Belgium squad that finished third in the 2018 World Cup looks set to hold off a Canadian squad full of top MLS talent. Belgium is slightly favored (-200 on FOX Bet) to win and is led by Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruynewhich was a key part of the team’s run four years ago.
Canada, meanwhile, is still chasing its first World Cup win in its second ever appearance and first since 1986, with a 0-3-0 all-time.
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Here are the top plays from the action in Wednesday’s group stage.
10′: Belgium gets the penalty save!
Canadian star Alphonso Davies was awarded a penalty after a video review showed that Belgium had committed a handball penalty in the penalty area. But Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been here before and showed his experience with full-extension saves to still keep Canada looking for its first ever goal in the World Cup.
Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium by blocking a penalty kick attempt
Belgian Thibaut Courtois saves with an incredible penalty against Canada after a handball in the penalty area during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
31′: Canada still does not break through!
Canada already has numerous shot attempts in the first half, including several on target. But Canada’s attack has not yet met with success against Belgium’s rearguard and 2018 World Cup Golden Glove winner Courtois.
38′: Non-call benefits Belgium
If a penalty has been called Axel Whitesel here? The referees ruled no.
44′: Belgium strikes first!
Michy Batshuayi converts a nice through ball and puts Belgium on a 1-0 lead just before extra time in the first half.
Belgian Michy Batshuayi scores goal vs. Canada in 44′
Did Belgium get away with another penalty kick?
FOX Sports rule analyst Mark Clattenburg believes there was a mistake in a VAR check that should have resulted in a second penalty kick opportunity for Canada.
Canada wants to make history
Canada is not only looking for its first World Cup win or draw, but also its first World Cup goal. The Canadians also hope that a strong performance in Qatar can boost the passion for football at home.
‘O Canada’ at the World Cup!
The Belgian and Canadian national teams sang their national anthem before the game, marking ‘O Canada’ at the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
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