For the first time in 13,316 days, Canada is in action at the FIFA World Cup. The CanMNT takes on Belgium in Group F action from Qatar. Watch the game LIVE NOW on TSN, TSN.ca and the TSN App and follow along with TSN.ca’s live blog.
19′ – De Bruyne chooses wrong
Belgium’s first positive run is snuffed out when Kevin De Bruyne fails to spot a wide-open Youri Tielemans and his ball forward is easily handled by the Canada backline.
16′ – Hoilett is wide
A long ball into the area is met by Junior Hoilett, but his low shot goes wide of the far post.
13′ – Canada still pressing
Canada is all over Belgium right now. David’s shot is blocked before it can make it to Courtois.
10′ – PENALTY SAVED
Alphonso Davies is denied by Thibaut Courtois with a fine save.
8′ – PENALTY TO CANADA
Handball in the area results in a penalty to Canada and yellow to Yannick Carrasco.
7′ – Canada comes close
Eustáquio wins the ball in midfield, storms down the right and his cross is met by Jonathan David, who can’t pull the trigger. Tajon Buchanan’s shot is deflected after the ensuing corner.
4′ – Hutchinson makes history
At 39, Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson becomes the oldest ever player to make his World Cup debut.
2′ – Canada brings the pressure
Canada shows no fear as it marches down the pitch with a Stephen Eustáquio effort blocked.
1′ – Borjan called into action
The first shot of the match is a tame one from Michy Batshuayi, but Milan Borjan is up to the task.
1′ – HERE WE GO
Canada is taking part in a World Cup match for the first time in 36 years. It still doesn’t feel real.
Canada vs. Belgium starting XIs
CANADA XI: Milan Borjan; Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria; Junior Hoilett, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson, Richie Laryea; Tajon Buchanan, Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies
BELGIUM XI: Thibaut Courtois; Leander Dendoncker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Yannick Carrasco, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Timothy Castagne; Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi
The calm before the storm
O Canada is about to be played at a men’s World Cup for the first time since 1986 and Canada and Belgium are almost set for kick-off in Qatar.