Belgium will open their FIFA World Cup campaign against Canada in a Group F tie at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium on Wednesday night. For the Red Devils, it represented the last chance for much of their ‘Golden Generation’ to win a major tournament. Meanwhile, Canada will play its first World Cup match in 36 years. Both sides were involved in a warm-up friendly last week, in which Belgium suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat against Egypt, while the Voyageurs got the better of Japan with the same scoreline.
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Belgium boss Roberto Martinez will be under immense pressure to deliver the trophy as they have a plethora of talent. The Red Devils qualified with consummate ease, going undefeated in 8 UEFA qualifying games, winning six of them and scoring more than three goals per game. But Roberto Martinez’s side have often faltered on the big stage, losing to Italy and the Netherlands in the finals of Euro 2020 and the Nations League respectively. In the previous edition of the World Cup in Russia, the Red Devils reached the semi-finals, where they lost 1–0 to eventual champions France. There is no doubt that he has the talent, but Martinez’s ability to find the right combination against the big teams in the knockout stages going forward will be key to his success.
Canada, on the other hand, are high on confidence and will be desperate to make a mark on the global stage. The Reds earned a spot in the finals by virtue of topping their CONCACAF qualifying group. John Herdman’s side were spectacular during the qualifiers, scoring the most goals and conceding the fewest. For a largely young and inexperienced squad at their level, Canada could play and express themselves without any pressure of expectation. Their only previous finals appearance came in 1986, losing all three games without scoring.
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The big concern for the Belgian has been the fitness of charismatic striker Romelu Lukaku, and the Inter Milan-man will not play in their opening match. Therefore, in support of Eden Hazard, Batshuayi is expected to lead the attack. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is likely to operate behind the strikers. Yannick Carrasco and Timothee Castane could take over in the final, with Axel Witsel and Hans Vanaken making up the midfield-pairing. For Canada, Bayern Munich-man Alphonso Davies is doubtful for Wednesday’s fixture with a hamstring injury. David and Larin can form an attacking pair.
Belgium probable starting lineup: Courtois, Salderwierld, Vertonghen, Debussy, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Castagne, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Hazard
Canada Possible Starting Lineup: Borjan, Lareya, Johnson, Steven, Vitoria, K Miller, Adekungbe, Buchanan, Hutchinson, Eustaquio, David, Larin
belgium vs canada schedule and fixture
The FIFA World Cup match between Belgium and Canada will be held at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium on Thursday at 12:30 IST.
|belgium vs canada||key details|
|Date||23 November (Qatar)|
|place||Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium|
|Kickoff Time in Belgium||8:00 PM (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff Time in Canada||2:00 PM (Wednesday)|
Where to watch Belgium vs Canada?
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be watched in India on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD. Sports 18 will telecast the games on regular and HD channels. In addition, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. In addition, matches between Belgium and Canada can be seen on La Une, RTBF, B/Sport, RTBF ovivo Direct and Sproza in Belgium; and the RDS, CTV and TSN networks in Canada.