Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty and Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal to give Belgium a 1-0 win over Canada at the World Cup on Wednesday, spoiling the North American team’s return to the tournament after 36 years.
The Canadians have yet to collect a point or even score a goal in four World Cup matches, which includes the three games from their debut in 1986.
Still, they outplayed second-ranked Belgium at times at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, with Alphonso Davies — the star of Canada’s team — squandering the best chance when his penalty was blocked by Courtois.
21 shots in a 1-0 loss to Belgium
Canada still have never scored a goal at the men’s World Cup 🥲 pic.twitter.com/yFlEhu8X6l
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 23, 2022
It’s day 4 of #Qatar2022 👇
Is your country playing today? These are the games scheduled for November 23:
🇲🇦 Morocco V Croatia 🇭🇷
🇩🇪 Germany V Japan 🇯🇵
🇪🇸 Spain V Costa Rica 🇨🇷
🇧🇪 Belgium V Canada 🇨🇦
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 23, 2022