Executioner of the Brazilian National Team at the last World Cup, Belgium made his World Cup debut in Qatar against Canada this Wednesday, starting at 4 pm (Brasília time), at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Currently, Hazard is not a starter for Real Madrid and suffers from many injuries, only playing in six games.
In addition to bad phase number 10, the Belgian coach will have another “headache”. Romelu Lukaku is injured and will miss the first two group games. In the last friendly match, in a 2-1 loss against Egypt, the Belgian team started with Batshuayi in charge of attack and young Openda entered the second half to leave the net.
In the last friendly match in preparation for the World Cup, Canada faced Japan and won 2-1. Bayern Munich winger Alphonso Davies was sidelined through injury and did not play in the match. The absence of the fans is a cause for concern, but Canada coach John Herdman guaranteed the player’s presence on his debut against Belgium.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’re going to start with him. He’s been training well, he’s got his great pace back and he’s smiling again. He’s flying. We’ll field a strong team, we’ll be 100%. Storm clouds has passed,” said the coach.
Also in Group H, Croatia and Morocco face each other this Wednesday, starting at 7am (Brasília time), at the Al Bayt Stadium.
BELGIUM X CANADA
Local: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan (QAT)
Date: November 23, 2022, Wednesday
Time: From 4 pm (from Brasilia)
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
assistant: Jerson dos Santos (ZAM) and Arsenio Maringule (MOÇ)
VAR: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
BELGIUM: Thibaut Courtois; Timothy Castagne, Zeno Debast, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Yannick Carrasco; Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Kevin De Bruyne, Loïs Openda and Eden Hazard.
Technician: Roberto Martinez
CANADA: Milan Borjan; Alistair Johnston, Steven Victoria, Kamal Miller, Sam Adekugbe; Junior Hoilett, Atiba Hutchinson, Samuel Piette, Alphonso Davies; Jonathan David and Cyle Larin.
Technician: John Herdmann
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