Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Group F match between Belgium and Canada at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolds at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Ar-Rayyan , Qatar.

20’

Canada dominating and how!

19’

Patient move from Belgian. Kevin De Bruyne takes the ball forward quickly down the middle, puts it through for Batshuayi but it has too much on it and Borjan collects it.

18’

Canada has had 12 touches inside the Belgian box. On the other hand, Belgium has had none inside the Canadian box.

16’

Another shot from Canada. Hoilett from the right inside the box goes for the far post. Misses it.

15’

Belgium looking to keep possession. The Red Devils have been caught off guard by the high intensity start from the Canadians.

13’

Shot from Laryea from the right inside the box goes wide of the near post. Courtois forced to make a save moments later after a shot at near post from David. Canada has come out hard.

11’

COURTOIS SAVES!!!! Alphonso Davies takes the penalty kick and goes for the bottom left corner. However, the Belgian goalkeeper, winner of the golden glove at the 2018 edition, guesses it correctly.

9’

Yellow card to Carrasco for handball and PENALTY TO CANADA.

8’

Corner taken from Canada. Buchanan’s effort is blocked and he appeals for handball. There will be a VAR check!

6’

Eustaquio steals the ball from Carrasco near the center-line, passes it to Laryea who takes it down the right wing before putting in the cross for Buchanan who sees his effort blocked and sent behind for corner.

5’

Aerial ball for David on the left wing but it probably has too much in it and goes out for a Belgian throw-in.

3’

Foul from Buchanan on Vertonghen.

2’

Positive start from Canada. Quickly taking the ball forward, inside the Belgium box and shot taken. Belgium defence blocks the effort though.

1’

KICK OFF!!! Belgium, in red jerseys, to play from left to right, while Canada, in white, right to left. Canadian defender Vitoria passes the ball to Belgian forward Batshuayi who goes for the long-range shot but Borjan eaisly pouches the ball.

12:25AM – Both teams are on the pitch for the national anthems.

A Stat Canadian fans would not want to look at: Belgium is unbeaten in its last 12 World Cup group stage matches since losing to Saudi Arabia in 1994.

Just a few minutes to go for Canada’s first World Cup appearance since 1986 and the fans are absolutely loving every bit of it!

Canada fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match against Belgium.
| Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

Matches played: 1 – Belgium 2-0 Canada (1989)

LINEUPS!!!

Belgium – Courtois (GK), Dendoncker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (c), Batshuayi

Canada – Hutchinson (C), Borjan (GK), Johnston, Miller, Vitoria, Eustaquio, Hoilett, Buchanan, Davies, David, Laryea

11:15PM – The first match of the Group F, between Morocco and 2018 runner-up Croatia, ended in a goalless draw. However, the second fixture between Belgium and Canada, which will play its first World Cup match in 36 years, promises to be a goalfest. Live action begins at 12:30AM IST. Till then, stay tuned for all the pre-match build-up!

PREVIEW (via AP)

Many Canadian football fans have been waiting for this moment their entire lives.

Long an afterthought behind hockey in its home country, Canada’s football team is back in the World Cup for the first time since 1986 and opens on Wednesday against a daunting opponent: second-ranked Belgium, a 2018 semifinalist.

“I’ve already seen it sparking a lot of interest in younger players, 7, 8-year olds, some in my family, teammates, children,” Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson said on Tuesday. “Just the interest that it’s brought to our country is really special to see. I’ve been with the national team a very long time and I never seen it get to this level.”

The 39-year-old Hutchinson is the only player in Canada’s squad who was alive at the time of the nation’s last World Cup match. Canada lost three in a row to France, Hungary and the Soviet Union and went scoreless with a squad that included Bob Lenarduzzi, Tino Lettieri and Branko Segota.

“We want to put Canada on the map,” Hutchinson said.

PREDICTED XI

Belgium

Courtois (GK), Alderweireld, Dendoncker, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Eden Hazard

Canada

Borjan (GK), Johnston, Vitoria, Buchanan, Miller, Eustaquio, Hutchinson, Davies, Adekugbe, David, Larin

His earliest football memories are of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, when he was 11 and rooted for Brazil, the eventual champion.

“I was into that one,” Hutchinson said. “The fans in the stadium, around the stadium, it was special to see, and that kind of sparked a very big interest in me and given me that feeling of maybe one day playing in a World Cup.”

These Canadians are led by a new generation headed by Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David and Cyle Larin. They finished first in CONCACAF qualifying, a turnaround engineered by coach John Herdman. He coached the Canadian women to bronze medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, then switched to the men in 2018.

“It’s a dream come true, I think, for me, the players, the country,” Herdman said. “We’ve got to enjoy that process, enjoy the experience, enjoy knowing that there’s people back home surrounding the TVs, filling bars and restaurants. … We’re pinching ourselves. It’s just real now. It’s getting more real by the hour.”

Herdman said Davies is fully fit and on track to start after recovering from a strained right hamstring that has sidelined him since Nov. 5.

“Canada are in a position now where we can field our strongest team,” Herdman said. “It’s exciting times for us. Now the dark clouds have shifted.”

Part of a Group F that includes Croatia and Morocco, Belgium is in its seventh year under coach Roberto Martinez. The Red Devils finished third at the 2018 World Cup and lost to Italy in the quarterfinals of last year’s European Championship.

Its core may be at or just past peak, with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard both 31, Romelu Lukaku 29 and Youri Tielemans part of the next age group at 25.

Lukaku will not play on Wednesday because of a left thigh injury.

Belgium is coming off a 2-1 friendly loss to Egypt last week.

“Probably gave us a wake-up that we needed,” Martinez said. “I was worried how we would react going into a preparation of three or four days before you can play the first game, what, normally you got four, five, six weeks to prepare for a competition and probably that defeat speeded up the process.”

He expressed admiration for Canada.

“They look like a team. They never look like a group of players coming together to represent the national team,” Martinez said. “They look like a team very clear in their concepts, firm, very dynamic, competitive. A team that they know their strengths.”

WITH THE WHISTLE

Janny Sikazwe of Zambia will referee the match. During an African Cup of Nations match in January, he blew his whistle to end the game after 85 minutes, then restart it and ended it after 89 minutes, 47 seconds, when about three minutes of injury time had been expected.

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH

Belgium vs Canada – Kick off, telecast and live Streaming info

Where will the Belgium vs Canada World Cup match kick-off?

Belgium vs Canada match will kick-off at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

When will Belgium vs Canada World Cup match kick-off?

Belgium vs Canada match will kick-off at 12:30 AM IST on November 24, 2022.

Where can you watch Belgium vs Canada match in India?

Belgium vs Canada World Cup match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.

Where can you watch the Belgium vs Canada match outside India?

The following list shows where you can watch the Belgium vs Canada match outside of India

United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app

United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website

Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand

New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport

Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go

Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV

Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV

Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.



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