Belgium vs Canada Live Score Tracker: World Cup 2022 Highlights, Key Matches and Analysis

November 23, 2022 at 14:00 European daylight saving time

Captains shake hands

Fantastic moment for Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson, who becomes the second oldest outfield player in World Cup history after Roger Milla of Cameroon. But can he dance like Roger Milla?

StuartJames

StuartJames·

football author

November 23, 2022 at 1:56 p.m European daylight saving time

Time for the anthems

I’m really looking forward to this one. A couple of big surprises already in Qatar – can Canada, playing in their first World Cup since 1986, deliver another shock?

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall to hear John Herdman, her English coach, say his last words – he is an inspirational speaker.

As for Belgium, this World Cup feels made for Kevin De Bruyne. The 31-year-old, could it be his time?

StuartJames

StuartJames·

football author

November 23, 2022 at 1:53 p.m European daylight saving time

How much will Belgium miss Lukaku?

Michy Batshuayi has a very respectable record at international level with 26 goals in 48 Belgium games, but Romelu Lukaku will still be very difficult to replace for the European side today.

Lukaku is Belgium’s all-time top scorer and also finished the last World Cup as second-top scorer, proving he’s a player for the big occasions.

Belgium are hoping he will only miss the first two games of the tournament but the hamstring injury he carried to Qatar leaves him little time to regain game fitness.

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 1:52 p.m European daylight saving time

Fulham-Canada connection

Peter Rutzler

Peter Rutzler·

Fulham correspondent

November 23, 2022 at 1:50 p.m European daylight saving time

Canada moment

Many Canadian soccer fans have waited their entire lives for this moment.

Her team, long lagging behind ice hockey in their home country, is back at the World Championships for the first time since 1986.

“I’ve already seen it generate a lot of interest from younger players, seven-year-olds, eight-year-olds, some in my family, team-mates, kids,” said Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson. “Just the interest it’s brought to our country is really something special. I’ve been with the national team for a very long time and I’ve never seen them reach this level.”

Hutchinson is the only player in Canada’s squad who was alive at the time of the nation’s last World Cup game.

Canada lost to France, Hungary and the Soviet Union three times in a row, failing to score with a squad that included Bob Lenarduzzi, Tino Lettieri and Branko Segota.

“We want to put Canada on the map,” added Hutchinson.

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 1:48 p.m European daylight saving time

Countdown to kick-off

Warm-ups have been done and dusted off and we’re getting closer to kick-off…

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m European daylight saving time

De Bruyne’s passing armory

Canada need not be told Kevin De Bruyne has one a lot of of passports in his locker.

Some are through balls, some are crosses, some are flicks, and some are kind of a mix of everything.

Some are obvious, like those crosses dodging defenders but finding his forwards and wingers. Others are less obvious, like the small passes, which may not look like much on their own but really add momentum to City’s game and often goals.

Here we try to identify and even codify a wide selection of De Bruyne’s most notable passes, using screenshots and video highlights.

Dig below…

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

GO FURTHER

The Kevin De Bruyne Encyclopedia of Passing: Where, How, Distance, Destination, and More

November 23, 2022 at 1:15 p.m European daylight saving time

Belgium, be warned…

Sam’s argument is perfectly valid: we could see Davies in a left-back role and junior Hoilett on left wing, Jonathan David as a no. 9 and Tajon Buchanan on the right wing.

Two things are certain: Canada will be fluid and they will be fun to watch.

Joshua Kloke

Joshua Kloke·

Staff writer, Toronto

November 23, 2022 at 1:10 p.m European daylight saving time

Or Davies as a full-back? We will see…

It will remain a mystery until kick-off, but to counter Josh’s argument, don’t be at all surprised if Davies lands on left-back.

Playing Davies up front would make this an incredibly attacking lineup from Herdman. Against a side like Belgium they should maybe be a bit more conservative. Very interesting that regular left-back Sam Adekugbe wasn’t nodded for this. A real surprise for me.

Anyway, Herdman threw some people for a loop with this team. The fact that no one is quite sure how they are set up speaks volumes.

Sam Stejskal

Sam Stejskal·

Staff Writer, MLS

November 23, 2022 at 1:07 p.m European daylight saving time

Still no Lukaku for Belgium

Romelu Lukaku is once again notable for his absence from the Belgian bench.

I suspect they’ll have to go pretty far in this competition if we’re going to see it. One wonders who Martinez is going to if Batshuayi doesn’t hit the ground running.

Charles de Ketelaere is still adjusting to life at AC Milan and doesn’t come into the tournament at his best…

James Horncastle

James Horncastle·

Series A correspondent

November 23, 2022 at 1:05 p.m European daylight saving time

Davies before two?

Canada’s line-up suggests that John Herdman wants Alphonso Davies to play in a front two, which accomplishes two goals: it prevents him from going as much distance as he would have if he started in midfield, and therefore lessens that Risk of aggravating his hamstring injury.

Second, it puts a lot of pressure on an aging and for some weak Belgian defence. If Davies has the license to do so

Joshua Kloke

Joshua Kloke·

Staff writer, Toronto

November 23, 2022 at 12:51 p.m European daylight saving time

Belgium vs Canada teams

And now both teams are in…

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Leander Dendoncker, Timothy Castagne, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi

Canada: Milan Borjan, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Alistair Johnston, Alphonso Davies, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 12:46 p.m European daylight saving time

Belgium team news

Here is Roberto Martinez’s starting XI…

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 12:30 p.m European daylight saving time

Musical interlude

Wait, what is all this?

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 12:15 p.m European daylight saving time

Canadian fans early

Hanging on the outside of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is a Canadian flag that few could have foreseen two years ago.

The Canada fans are there early too…

Joshua Kloke

Joshua Kloke·

Staff writer, Toronto

November 23, 2022 at 12:09 p.m European daylight saving time

Countdown to kick-off

A little longer until the team sheets are stamped but we’ll bring you the starting eleven as soon as we have them…

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 12:00 o’clock European daylight saving time

Tactics Surveillance: Canada

They may be at their first World Cup since 1986, but Canada aren’t just here to even the numbers.

This is a site that developed under John Herdman.

He’s taken them from 94th in 2018 to 41st in just four years, and he’s done it with a flexible tactical approach.

Not only have they mixed formations but also changed their style of play – their first qualifier in the third round was a 1-1 draw against Honduras with 65 percent possession, followed directly by 28 percent but the same result against USA.

They used a back five in both games and usually choose to do so against higher tier opponents, but Canada finished qualifying with a back four and box midfield.

Regardless of the system, the attack principles are consistent. They always play with some verticality and get the ball up front quickly, but through ground passes and dribbling.

Sometimes there are rotations where the central midfielders drop into the back line to push the wingers further in front.

They should be fascinating to watch in this one.

Liam Tharme

Liam Tharme

November 23, 2022 at 11:46 a.m European daylight saving time

Was Martinez a success?

The question remains whether Roberto Martinez’s five-year tenure with the Belgium national team was a success.

With this generation of players, a historical freak who saw Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld, Thibaut Courtois and more emerge at the same time, it is enough to have reached a World Cup semi-final, a Nations League semi-final and a EM quarterfinals?

Does Martinez’s reign have to be counted as successful, does he have to win something?

Nick Miller

Nick Miller

GO FURTHER

No. 1 team in the world but no trophies: was Martinez successful with Belgium?

November 23, 2022 at 11:32 a.m European daylight saving time

Tactical watch: Belgium

The 3-4-2-1 formation was a staple of Belgium under Roberto Martinez.

The ‘4-2’ of this formation consists of two full-backs and a box midfield (a double pivot with two attacking midfielders up front).

The box is fluid and sometimes the No10s drop lower, like Kevin De Bruyne in the run-up to Christian Benteke’s goal against Estonia below.

Full-backs Yannick Carrasco (left) and Thomas Meunier (right) are highlighted by the blue dots, positioned high and wide to stretch opponents and provide passing opportunities – and De Bruyne finds Carrasco with a big diagonal.

There are instances where Belgium are also more complicated when the No10 and full-backs flood the penalty area with late runs.

Regardless of their tactics, you can generally expect goals.

They have scored in all but two of Martinez’s competitive games since he was appointed in August 2016 – against France in the 2018 World Cup semi-final and in September’s Nations League against the Netherlands.

Liam Tharme

Liam Tharme

November 23, 2022 at 11:15 a.m European daylight saving time

The man in the middle

Janny Sikazwe is the match referee.

The Zambian official is a veteran player, having been involved in the last World Cup, but he is best known for a heatstroke-induced error – in which he blew the full-time whistle twice – at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Kate Burlaga

Kate Burlaga·

Staff Editor, News



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