'This game can be brutal': Canada fans inspired by team effort, but regret missed chance

‘This game can be brutal’: Canada fans inspired by team effort, but regret missed chance

Canada had 21 shots to Belgium’s nine, 2.83 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.86, and generally dominated the game against the No. 2 team in the world.

But with a 1-0 win, it’s Belgium that leads with three points to Canada’s zero.

It is an unfair game.

Instead of taking a back seat against what many expected to be the competition’s best opponent, Canada’s men’s national team caught fire in their first World Cup game since 1986, defeating the Red Devils. .

Backed by a rabid group of Canadian supporters in Qatar, Canada jumped out against Belgium and won a penalty kick in the ninth minute, but even with superstar Alphonso Davies on, Belgium keeper Thibalt Courtois was able to score. To try to save.

Canada kept moving despite this missed opportunity, forcing a chance through their opponent, but Belgium couldn’t find the scoresheet near the end of the first half.

While Canada lost some steam in the second frame, Les Rouges Continued to run the game against Belgium.

In the end, Canada was unable to do so, and became the first team since 1978 to attempt at least 20 shots and a penalty kick without scoring a goal – one that has yet to be scored by Canada’s men at the World Cup. refuses to

As the result unfolds, there are mixed feelings from supporters across Canada – some angry at the missed opportunity, some inspired and motivated by the team’s fearsome effort against the world’s best, and many It comes in between.

Before we look ahead to Canada’s next game against Croatia on Sunday, here’s a look at some of the best reactions:

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