Three months after a disastrous June camp was interrupted by a player boycott over a deadlocked contract, you might have expected Canada to be a little rustier against Qatar on Friday.
Goals by Cyle Larin and Jonathan David in the 13th minute wiped it out as the Canadian men secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over their World Cup co-hosts. Perhaps the only criticism might be that world-ranked 43rd Canada could have scored more against her 48th-ranked Qatar.
“We knew the first 20 minutes would be difficult given how organized and disciplined Qatar are,” said Canada coach John Hardman. I think I’ve risen to
The Canadian will face a tougher test on Tuesday when they face No. 13 Uruguay in Bratislava, Slovakia.
“It’s going to be a tough test,” says Herdman. “But this is what we dream about. He has been playing against CONCACAF opponents for four years. Every player has dreamed of playing for a team like Uruguay, Brazil or Argentina. This is what we’ve been waiting for.
“For us, it’s a cup final against Uruguay, and it’s like Belgium or Croatia[who Canada face in Group F of the World Cup]. So there’s excitement there. But , should be tempered, given the reality of the quality they have, and then work should be done in these three days.”
Canada’s final World Cup warm-up will be against No. 24 Japan on November 17 in Dubai.
Canada dominated the majority of Friday’s game, dominating Qatar 13-8 (8-2 shots on target) with 61 percent ball possession.
Canada wasted little time with Larin scoring in the 4th minute. The Club Brugge striker scored his 25th goal in his 53 appearances for the Canadian men by heading in Sam Adekbe’s cross.
David doubled his lead in the 13th minute after Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Seeb punched in Kamal Miller’s cross, but only to a pair of waiting Canadians. Alphonso Davies fell and lost his feet and tried to steal the ball, but David scored, his 22nd goal in 33 appearances for the Colors Canada.
David, who is signed to Adidas, covered the Nike logo on Canada’s jersey with his right hand in celebration of the goal. The topic is flying around.
Hardman said, perhaps diplomatically, that he was unaware of the celebration after the game.
Canada nearly scored a third from a free-kick in the 88th minute, but Ike Ugbo’s header was saved by the Qatar keeper and Miller’s attempt from the rebound hit the crossbar.
There was a moment of concern in the second half when Davis needed medical attention after tangling with Ismail Mohammad in the 57th minute. The Bayern Munich star was able to leave, albeit cautiously, as he made way for his substitute.
“I think he’ll be fine. He was sitting on the bench smiling, so I think he’ll be fine,” Hardman said.
David (Jr.) Hoilet won his 48th cap and captained Canada without the injured Atiba Hutchinson.
Friday’s game marked the first time the Canadian men faced an Asian opponent since their 0-2 loss to South Korea in November 2016.
In their World Cup opener on November 23rd against second-placed Belgium, Canada took advantage of the flanks to attack a compact Qatari defense.
Canada had 62% ball possession in the first half. Both sides made changes in the second half, with Hardman bringing on Richie Laria, Charles Andreas Brin, Ismael Kone, Ugbo, Liam Miller and Marc Anthony Kay.
Qatar showed a lot of purpose in the second half, but were unable to break through the Canadian defense and provided little offense.
For the Canadians, the European camp will be their first gathering since an ill-fated gathering in Vancouver in June as players refused a friendly against Panama due to a contract dispute. They broke the deadlock to face Curacao and Honduras in their CONCACAF Nations League matches on the 13th and 13th. However, contract negotiations continue.
Hardman has other injury concerns as Club Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan is likely to be on the bench against Uruguay if healthy. Having fallen down with a hamstring problem the night before, he’s with the team but isn’t expected to make a move. I stayed at home to deal with the “neurological dysfunction” I suffered.
Despite injuries, Hardman had a strong line-up of Miller, Steven Vitoria and Alistair Johnston, with Adekgbe and Hoilet at wingbacks, Samuel Piette and Steven Eustakio ahead of goalkeeper Milan Boljan. In midfield, Davis, David and Larin led the attack.
Piette was an influential midfielder, often fending off Qatari attacks alongside Eustakio.
Canada’s 11-man starter entered the game with a total of 428 caps, led by Borjan (65) and Piette (62).
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Canada beat World Cup hosts Qatar 2-0 in men’s soccer friendly
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