Date: 24 November 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
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Canada and Belgium will kick off their World Cup campaign at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. This will be one of the last tournaments for Belgium’s golden generation of talent which failed to win any major international tournaments. Whereas for Canada, this is a welcome back to the World Cup stage where they will hopefully pull off some upsets and sneak into the round of 16.
For the Red Devils, the fitness of striker Romelu Lukaku has been out of action for the majority of the 2022-23 season.
Alphonso Davies’ recent hamstring injury has been a major concern for the Canadians.
Roberto Martinez’s Belgium has had some serious talent but hasn’t managed to win titles and live up to the high expectations. But this year, the World Cup could be the last for many key members of the team which means that the Red Devils would want to push for a deep run in Qatar. They have one of the best players in the world, Kevin De Bruyne, who has the ability to win games on his own. So, if Belgium holds its own and avoids mistakes, it can have a successful tournament.
For the Canadian team, the World Cup could be that platform to announce themselves on the global level. They have some young & exciting players who are already playing at a very high level. Hence, they have the ability to create havoc in Group F. Jonathan David will be on the radar of many fans as he has been playing extremely well for his team in the French League.
Probable Starting XIs:
Thibaut Courtois (GK); Leander Dendoncker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco; Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (C); Romelu Lukaku.
Milan Borjan (GK); Alistair Johnston, Steven Vitoria, Kamal Miller; Richie Laryea, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson (C), Sam Adekugbe; Tajon Buchanan, Cyle Larin, Jonathan David.
Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Thibaut Courtois
Defenders: Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Alistair Johnston, Steven Vitoria
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne, Youri Tielemans, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson
Strikers: Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Cyle Larin, Jonathan David
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