Belgium vs Canada is the first confrontation that both teams will have in a FIFA World Cup. Before they only had a friendly in Ottawa 33 years ago. Belgian Eden Hazard and Canadian Alphonso Davies will lead their teams in search of their first World Cup victory.
Canada returned to a World Cup after 36 years, it was not part of this event since Mexico 1986, that World Cup won by Argentina with a brilliant Diego Maradona. On that occasion they lost all three matches without scoring goals against France (0-1), Hungary (0-2) and the Soviet Union (0-2).
English John Herdman’s team dreams of improving that performance with a very physically strong and enthusiastic formation, counting as a figure the Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies, who is in doubt due to a muscle injury.
The virtues of the Red Devils
Belgium is a European powerhouse with notable players, especially the scorer Romelu Lukaku, from Inter Italy, who will not play tomorrow due to a muscle injury, being a sensitive loss since he is the all-time top scorer for the Belgians with 68 goals.
The Spanish coach Roberto Martínez has doubts about the powerful striker until the second match that will take place on the 27th against Morocco and is excited to be able to use him on the third date against Croatia, on December 1.
But Belgium is not limited to Lukaku, since the “brain” of the team is the remarkable Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), the man who can do the illogical and unlock any difficult game, has the best goalkeeper in the world with Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) and another talented, punished by injuries like Eden Hazard (Real Madrid).
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Leander Dendoncker, Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen; Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Axel Witsel, Hans Vanaken and Timothy Castagne; Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens. DT: Roberto Martinez.
Canada: Milan Borjan; Sam Adekugbe, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitória and Allistar Johnston; Junior Hoilett, Samuel Piette or Alphonso Davies, Atiba Hutchinson, Tajon Buchanan; Jonathan David and Jonathan Osorio. DT: John Herdmann.
What time will they play at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan:
10 am United States (Los Angeles).
12 pm Mexico and the United States (Texas).
1 pm Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
2:00 p.m. United States (Miami).
3:00 p.m. Bolivia, Venezuela.
4 pm Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Brazil.
Welcome to the preview of the duel between Belgium and Canada
The meeting of the first date of Group E can be seen on Public TV and DirecTV.