DOHA, Qatar – Alphonso Davies took to social media on Thursday to recap Canada’s 1-0 loss to second-placed Belgium at the World Cup.
“A disappointing result against the best team in the World Cup. We have two more games, we go again on Sunday!” wrote the Bayern Munich star. “Thank you to all the fans for their support.”
The 22-year-old from Edmonton was front and center Wednesday at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in nearby Al Rayyan. He had a chance in the 11th minute to score Canada’s first goal of the tournament but his penalty kick was saved by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Asked by beIN Sports after the game what was going through his mind when he went to the penalty spot, Davies gave a more general answer.
“For me, knowing that this is the biggest stage in the world, yes, just play my game. Don’t change anything about how I play. And defend and attack with the team.
“Overall, I’m a little disappointed, but we’re definitely proud of how we played today.”
Canadian Soccer’s Davis has not been available to Canadian media since he arrived from Germany last Friday, although he did give an interview with TSN on Sunday.
Davis also shared his feelings about the start of the World Cup.
“It feels good,” he told BeIN, the tournament rights holder. “Stepping on the field today was a dream for everyone in this white shirt. The game against Belgium, it wasn’t easy and we gave them the fight. We knew we had to show our quality today and that’s what we did.” We did.
And Davis shared some of coach John Herdman’s comments after the game.
“He told us to just go. The easiest thing to do is to get out of the competition. We kept fighting, we kept fighting and he told us to keep our heads up and keep fighting.
Davis’ penalty was one of three Canadian shots on target. Eighteen other Canadian efforts were off the mark.
Davies, who was yellow-carded in the 81st minute, stepped forward from wing-back as Canada chased an equaliser.
“Fonzie, I thought he was good tonight,” Herdman said after the game. “I thought he was very disciplined. He showed courage when he needed to. I think in some other games we had him in places where he played a lot. .But tonight I thought he got the perfect balance.
“So his response (to the penalty miss) was very good.”
Of Canada’s starters on Wednesday, junior Hallett had the most success from the spot – converting three penalties for Canada. Davies has two successful spot kicks and one David.
Some observers wonder why David did not receive a fine.
“We had two players who were confident enough to do it,” captain Atiba Hutchinson explained on Thursday. “Alfonso took a couple of penalties, as well as Jonathan? John (Herdman) left it to the players in that position to prepare.
Hutchinson said he was close to David and Davis under Stat Cook.
“I don’t think it was a debate. It was more of ‘Are you OK with taking this?’ And Fonzie, he had the ball and was obviously ready for the moment. Like I said, it was just unfortunate that he didn’t score. He was going against a very good goalkeeper. The day that line was not crossed.
Kurtos, who plays his club football for Real Madrid, currently holds the Yashin Award as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Canada, ranked 41st in the world, takes on 12th-ranked Croatia on Sunday knowing that defeat would end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. It plays a Group F match against No. 22 Morocco on December 1.