Canada won its second ticket, 36 years after its first World Cup

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Canada will return to the FIFA World Cup, thirty -six years after its last participation. Thanks to its win (4-0) against Jamaica on Sunday in Toronto, the North American team earned their qualification for the World Cup organized in Qatar on the final day of qualifying for the Concacaf zone.

Canada will participate in the second World Cup in its history. Thirty-six years after their first World Cup appearance, the “Canucks” got their ticket to the competition organized in Qatar on Sunday March 27 when they beat Jamaica 4-0 in the preliminary round.last day of qualifying for Concacaf zone.

With a day left in the playoffs, the Canadians are guaranteed to finish in one of the top three spots in the standings, paving the way for direct promotion. They could no longer catch up with the fourth, Costa Rica winning (2 to 1) over El Salvador.

“We’ve been through some tough times. But I have an amazing group of players. And we have talent. I’m just happy for these guys. When I took over the team and said ‘We are going to qualify for the World Cup. I don’t think many believe me, “coach John Herdman reacted.

“Canada is a footballing nation and we better believe it. We’re going to keep pushing forward. We’re just starting,” he added.

Second entry

Disappointed because they didn’t board the boat on Thursday in Costa Rica, where they conceded their first defeat of this period (1-0), they made it a point of honor to finish the job with fireworks, in front of their fans. spectators. in the still freezing cold of Ontario.

Striker Cyle Larin, found in the box by midfielder Stephen Eustaquio, opened the scoring from 13at minutes, exploding with joy nearly 30,000 down jackets and red hats.

Scoring chances increased, Larin, Jonathan David and Tajon Buchanon, lacking accuracy in the final act. The latter still doubled the mark before the break, receiving a center badly returned by the opposing defense.

Back from the locker room, David, the Lille striker (L1) is still lacking in accuracy after perfect service from Larin (49).at), then Canada slowed slightly, so as not to necessarily resist by the desire to get more.

John Herdman then brought in some new blood for the substitutes to join the party, and Junior Hoilett added the third goal with a sharp pass from Buchanon (82at). Then, the Jamaican gave more speed to the score, scoring against his side (88at).

One draw was enough to qualify the Canadians for their second World Cup, after the game in Mexico in 1986. In this competition, they inherited Group C consisting of France, USSR and Hungary. After losing against the Blues in their first match (0-1), they were also beaten by Hungary (2-0) and the USSR (2-0). The Canadian team left the competition after the group stage without scoring a goal, and scored five.

Tears of Alphonso Davies

In the final whistle of the match against Jamaica, Canadian defender Alphonso Davies burst into tears on Sunday in front of his computer screen and repeatedly repeated “Oh my god”. The Bayern Munich player, who has been away from the field since mid -December, followed his national team’s qualification from afar.

More than three months after his last match, the footballer, who contracted Covid-19 and was diagnosed with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), will soon return to training and hope to get to Qatar. “I’m happy to be back and to be able to train again. The rehabilitation is going well so far,” he told the German club’s website on Sunday. “I don’t have any muscle or heart issues, but I’m not 100%yet.”

For their part, the United States, easily defeated by Panama (5-1), especially with a hat-trick from Christian Pulisic who scored two penalties, were second in the group. And Mexico, which won (0-1) over Honduras, remains third.

Each of them has 25 points, or 3 more in Costa Rica, which also has an overall difference in goal (the first criterion in case of a tie, the best attack comes second) which is very unfavorable compared to the Americans. (+13 /+3) and somewhat unfavorable, but difficult to fill, compared to Mexicans (+7 /+3). Therefore, it will take a relatively big win for the Costa Ricans against the United States on Wednesday, accompanied by a relatively big defeat for Mexico against El Salvador, to see them climb to third place thanks to “goal-average”.

Twenty countries so far have qualified

After Canada’s qualifier, 20 of the 32 tickets for the World Cup in Qatar have already found takers. In addition to the automatically qualified host country, ten European selections, four South American, four from the Asian zone and one North American are guaranteed to participate in the competition.

  • South America Zone (4): Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay
  • Zone of North and Central America (1): Canada
  • Asia Zone (5): Qatar (host country), Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia
  • Europe Zone (10): Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, Netherlands

With the AFP

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