Belgium vs Canada LIVE: World Cup 2022 result, final score and reaction after Alphonso Davies misses penalty

‘Canada has something very special’ – Martinez warns his Belgium squad

Belgium’s World Cup 2022 campaign kicks off with a Group F clash against Canada this evening as manager Roberto Martinez looks to lead his side further than their third place finish in Russia four years ago. This tournament may represent a final chance for Belgium’s golden generation to lift a major trophy as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku are all included in the squad.

The Red Devils are heavy favourites to progress out of the group which also features Morocco and Croatia – who played out a goalless draw this morning – and they will want to start with a win over surprising qualifiers Canada tonight.

Canada make their first appearance at a World Cup since 1986 following a brilliant qualifying campaign under manager John Herdman but are huge underdogs in Qatar. They topped the table in Concacaf qualifying, ahead of Mexico and USA, with Cyle Larin scoring 13 goals throughout the campaign finishing as the top scorer.

Belgium, ranked second in the world, also have some injury concerns. Lukaku is out due to a thigh injury and Thomas Meunier has also missed out due to a broken cheekbone – but Jan Vertonghen is back despite carrying a knock.

Follow all the action from Qatar with our live blog below, at the conclusion of Spain vs Costa Rica.

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Belgium 1-0 Canada

90+3 mins: Belgium are on the verge of victory now. It’ll be three points they don’t necessarily deserve but they’ve earned due to being more clinical in front of goal.

Michy Batshuayi’s strike remains the difference between the teams. Two minutes to play.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:54


Belgium 1-0 Canada

90 mins: Canada earn themselves a last minute corner, can they convert it into their first World Cup goal? They deserve at least a point out of this game.

The corner is whipped into the box but sails over everyone’s heads. What a waste.

Five minutes will be added on.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:51


Belgium 1-0 Canada

86 mins: Belgium’s free kick is certainly in Kevin De Bruyne territory. He decides not to go for goal and instead lifts a cross into the box.

Leander Dendoncker attacks the ball and heads it well over the crossbar!

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:46


Belgium 1-0 Canada

83 mins: Yellow card to Alistair Johnston! The Canadian right-back is done for pace by Lois Openda who knocks the ball past him and looks to drive into the box.

Jonhston desperately takes him out before he gets to the box and gifts Belgium a free kick.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:44


Belgium 1-0 Canada

80 mins: Chance! Eustaquio receives the ball and is allowed to turn into space over on the right side. He swings a great cross into the middle of the box and picks of Cyle Larin.

Larin’s headed effort finds the target but Thibaut Courtois drops to his right and smothers the ball.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:41


Belgium 1-0 Canada

78 mins: Belgium’s goalscorer Michy Batshuayi is hooked off as time ticks away in Qatar. He’s replaced with Lois Openda for the final stages of this game.

Can Belgium score again and secure these three points?

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:39


Belgium 1-0 Canada

75 mins: Close! Laryea injects a bit of momentum into Canada’s play and feeds Buchanan out on the right. He carries the ball all the way up to the penalty area then slides it inside to Cyle Larin.

Larin takes a touch and the ball runs away from him meaning that Belgium can boot it clear before he gets a shot away.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:37


Belgium 1-0 Canada

72 mins: Less than 20 minutes plus added time to go now for Canada who seem to be tiring. They’ve pressed Belgium exceptionally well so far and need to keep those intensity levels high.

It’s going to be a tough ask for them though.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:35


Belgium 1-0 Canada

69 mins: Incredible defending from Richie Laryea! Belgium create an overload after Kamal Miller’s mistimed challenge which sees De Bruyne in space on the right.

He slides the ball into Batshuayi who takes an age to control it. Laryea sprints back and lunges in from behind just as the Belgian takes his shot.

Laryea blocks the effort and knocks it out for a corner!

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:31


Belgium 1-0 Canada

66 mins: Cyle Larin keeps the ball in play at the byline but Leander Dendoncker cuts short Canada’s attack. He clears the ball to Kevin De Bruyne who drives up the pitch before slotting a pass over to Michy Batshuayi.

Kamal Miller comes flying across and leaps into the tackle. He wins the ball and kicks Canada back into attack. Fantastic tackle.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 20:28

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