FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Belgium spoils Canada WC return with 1-0 win

Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty and Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal in Belgium’s 1-0 World Cup victory against Canada on Thursday, ending the North American team’s 36-year absence from the competition.

Belgium spoils Canada WC return with a 1-0 win

The Canadians have failed to earn a point or even score a goal in four World Cup games, including three since their debut in 1986.

Belgium spoils Canada WC return with 1-0 win

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Nonetheless, they outplayed second-ranked Belgium at times at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, with Alphonso Davies, Canada’s star, wasting the finest chance when his penalty was saved by Courtois. Canada had 21 shots compared to Belgium’s nine.

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