Canada’s Cup Return Spoiled

Tim Weah of the United States scores during the World Cup, group B soccer match between the...
Tim Weah of the United States scores during the World Cup, group B soccer match between the United States and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 4:37 PM EST
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-AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) - Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty and Michy Batshuayi scored the lone goal to give Belgium a 1-0 win over Canada at the World Cup to spoil 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. That includes the three games from their debut in 1986. Canada still outplayed second-ranked Belgium at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Alphonso Davies squandered the best chance when his 10th-minute penalty was blocked by Courtois. Batshuayi scored in the 44th off Toby Alderweireld’s long pass.