FIFA World Cup 2022, Belgium vs Canada, Group F: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez selected striker Michy Batshuayi to lead his attack in the absence of injured Romelu Lukaku, while Eden Hazard also started the World Cup Group F game against Canada at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Wednesday. Both moves worked as Batshuayi scored the game’s only goal to get Martinez’s side a 1-0 win. Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty from Alfonso Davies
FT: Belgium 1-0 Canada
Shots on target: 3-3
Accurate passes: 419-351
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Canada will be hugely disappointed with the defeat, after their spirited first half performance failed to get them on the scoresheet. They were attacking and positive, but could not keep their composure in front of goal.
In the last match, Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0, their biggest ever winning margin at a World Cup, helped by two goals by Ferran Torres and strikes by five other players to send a resounding message to the rest of the teams in Qatar. Earlier, goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the last 15 minutes gave Japan a stunning 2-1 upset over four-times champions Germany in their World Cup Group E opener on Wednesday. In the early kickoff, Morocco held 2018 runner-ups Croatia to a 0-0 draw.