Belgium v Canada, 23 November 2022

Score1-0 to Belgium
RefereeJanny Sikazwe
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Group F
VenueAhmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Attendance40,432
Kick-off: 10.00pm local (7.00pm GMT) . FIFA world ranking: Belgium 2, Canada 41 . The only previous meeting was a friendly played in Ottawa in June 1989 which Belgium won 2-0. . Only Mexico (16) had now reached more World Cup finals than Belgium (13) without winning the trophy. . Belgium remained unbeaten in their last 13 World Cup finals group games since losing to Saudi Arabia in Washington in 1994. . Belgium had now equalled the competition record of eight consecutive wins at the group stage of the World Cup finals, set by Brazil (1986 to 1994 and 2002 to 2010). . Canada had now lost and failed to score in all four of their games at World Cup finals. . Canada made their only previous appearance at a World Cup finals at Mexico in 1986. This game was played after a gap of 13,316 days since their last game against USSR in Irapuato on 9 June 1986. . Canada remained without a win against European opposition since 29 March 2011 when they beat Belarus 1-0 in a friendly played in Antalya, Turkey (played 13, lost eight). . Aged 39 years and 288 days, Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson became the second-oldest outfield player to play in a game at the World Cup finals after Cameroon’s Roger Milla against Russia in Palo Alto in 1994 (42 years and 39 days). Atiba is the only player in Les Rouges’ squad who was born before their last World Cup tournament game. . Consett-born John Herdman became the first coach to manage a team at both the men's and women's World Cup finals. He took charge of New Zealand in 2007 and 2011 and Canada in 2015 at the women's World Cup. . A penalty had been awarded in eight of the 12 games so far in this tournament.

1  Belgium

Manager: Roberto Martínez

0  Canada

Manager: John Herdman

Goals:

Michy Batshuayi 44 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Jan Vertonghen
Defender/Midfielder Timothy Castagne
Defender/Midfielder Leander Dendoncker
Midfielder Yannick Carrasco
Midfielder Youri Tielemans
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Midfielder/Forward Eden Hazard (captain)
Forward Michy Batshuayi

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Milan Borjan
Defender Kamal Miller
Defender Steven Vitória
Defender/Midfielder Alphonso Davies
Defender/Midfielder Atiba Hutchinson (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Richie Laryea
Midfielder Stephen Eustáquio
Midfielder/Forward Tajon Buchanan
Midfielder/Forward Junior Hoilett
Forward Jonathan David

Substitutions:

Thomas Meunier for Yannick Carrasco 46
Amadou Onana for Youri Tielemans 46
Leandro Trossard for Eden Hazard 62
Loïs Openda for Michy Batshuayi 78

Substitutions:

Cyle Larin for Junior Hoilett 58
Ismaël Koné for Atiba Hutchinson 58
Sam Adekugbe for Richie Laryea 74
Liam Millar for Tajon Buchanan 81
Jonathan Osorio for Stephen Eustáquio 81

Cards:

Yannick Carrasco 9 Y
Thomas Meunier 53 Y
Amadou Onana 56 Y

Cards:

Alphonso Davies 81 Y
Alistair Johnston 83 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Defender Zeno Debast
Defender Wout Faes
Defender Thomas Meunier
Defender Arthur Theate
Defender/Midfielder Amadou Onana
Midfielder Leandro Trossard
Midfielder Hans Vanaken
Midfielder/Forward Thorgan Hazard
Forward Jérémy Doku
Forward Dries Mertens
Forward Loïs Openda

On the bench:

Goalkeeper James Pantemis
Goalkeeper Dayne St Clair
Defender Sam Adekugbe
Defender Derek Cornelius
Defender Joel Waterman
Defender/Midfielder Liam Fraser
Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye
Midfielder Ismaël Koné
Midfielder Jonathan Osorio
Midfielder Samuel Piette
Midfielder David Wotherspoon
Forward Lucas Cavallini
Forward Cyle Larin
Forward Liam Millar
Forward Iké Ugbo

Comments:

Belgium named 14 of a possible 15 substitutes. Romelu Lukaku was unavailable due to injury.

Comments:

Canada were awarded a penalty in the tenth minute following a VAR review for handball. Alphonso Davies’ spot-kick was saved.