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World Cup Qatar | Belgium vs Canada - Nov 23 | 19:00 UTC


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Game info Belgium vs Canada


Belgium's historical generation, led by Eden Hazard and De Bruyne, has their last chance to shine at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This Wednesday, November 23rd, he makes his debut against the Canada team, which since 1986, when it made its first participation in a World Cup, has yet to reach the right to play in the tournament's final stage.


The confrontation will take place at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium. It is part of the first round of Group F, including Morocco and Croatia. The ball is expected to start rolling at 19:00 UTC.


How does the 2022 Qatar World Cup work?


The World Cup in Qatar will be the last to be played with 32 teams. As of the 2026 World Cup, shared by the United States, Mexico, and Canada, the number of participants will jump to 4. Thus, it will be the last time the format with eight groups of four teams will be used. Teams play against each other in a single shift in this first phase.


The top two finishers in each bracket survive to the next stage. From then on, in a single elimination game, the finalists will be defined. In the case of equality, the extra time and penalty kicks can be used to describe who advances.


Belgium performance

If just over four years ago, the Belgians began their campaign at the World Cup in Russia as one of the favorites for the title, now the situation is different. The third place achieved in the last Worlds ended up being a frustration. The selection had its path to the decision interrupted by France, which took the title when it was going through its peak. At the moment, it is experiencing a moment of decline.


Although it advanced without significant problems in the European qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar, the Belgian team did not get to show the football that enchanted the public and critics. In addition to the performance below expectations, the result was also frustrating in his last tournament before the World Cup. It failed to obtain a place in the decision of the 2022/2023 version of the League of Nations in Europe.


By accumulating ten points (three wins, one draw, and two defeats), it was well below the Netherlands, which reached 16 points, having to settle for second place in group 4 of League A of the UEFA Nations League. He ended his preparations for the World without managing to generate confidence in his fans. In the last friendly match before the World Cup, they lost 2-1 to Egypt. To complete the mood of pessimism, they still won't be able to count on striker Romelu Lukaku, at least in the first two games. Injured, the Internazionale de Milan striker is expected to return to the pitch only for the match against Croatia on December 1st.


Canada performance

Facing the Qualifiers of Central and North America for the World Cup in Qatar, in which the teams with the best position in the ranking have the privilege of starting later, the Canadian team had to sweat early on since their record was not the most favorable. After all, he had in his curriculum the participation in only one World Cup, in Mexico, in 1986.


However, it was overcome step by step. In the first phase, it was the champion of group B with four victories. In the second, in which he had a knockout match with Haiti, he also won both games, opening the way for the decisive octagon, where he surprised the favorite teams of Mexico and the United States, finishing in the first place and ensuring a direct vacancy for the Qatar Cup.


Canada's preparation for the dispute had six official and friendly matches. He had three victories (Curacão, Qatar, and Japan), one draw (Bahren), and was defeated twice (Honduras and Uruguay). After a long period away from the cups, he will have the opportunity to play twice in a row. After all, the country will be one of the hosts of the 2026 World Cup, which he will host alongside the United States and Mexico.


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