Canada beat Jamaica to secure World Cup place after 36 year absence | international football

Canada returns to the World Cup after 36 years. This week, the team beat Jamaica 4-0, in Toronto, and secured qualification for the tournament in Qatar with an early round in the final of the Concacaf qualifying octagon.

Canada’s winning goals were Larin and Buchanan, in the 13th and 44th minutes of the first half, respectively. Hoilett and Mariappa (against), at 37 and 43 minutes of the final round, complete the score.

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Buchanan celebrates a goal for Canada (Photo: Reuters)

With the win, Canada collected 28 points in 13 games. That team is out of reach for fifth-placed Panama, who have 12 points and will take the United States away this Sunday.

In the Concacaf qualifiers, the first three places guarantee a direct place in the Cup, while the fourth place plays a repechage against the Oceanian champions.

This will be Canada’s second participation in the World Cup. The first, in 1986, the team finished last in Group C, lost in three games to the Soviet Union, France and Hungary.

Now, a new generation of Canadians is giving the country more hope. The team’s main highlights are left-back Alphonso Davies, from Bayern Munich, and forward Jonathan David, from Lille. Davies, however, missed Canada in this qualifying round due to myocarditis.

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