Belgium vs Canada LIVE! World Cup 2022

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Roberto Martinez leads Belgium into his second World Cup against Canada at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. After finishing third in 2018, this feels like the last chance for many of the Belgian’s ‘Golden Generation’, a group of players who have never quite clicked on the grandest stage of them all.

Where this may be the end of the road for Belgium, it is the start of something new for Canada. Back in the tournament for the first time since 1986, they will part-host the World Cup in four years and boast exciting talent, spearheaded by Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David.

Two teams who appear to be heading in an opposite trajectory, a win for either would be an early statement in Group F following Croatia’s draw with Morocco earlier on Wednesday. Follow all of the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Nizaar Kinsella will be providing expert analysi from the ground!

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Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

Fun story about Belgium is they’ve hired former Chelsea yoga instructor Vinay Menon to work with the team alongside coach Anthony Barry.

Menon actually came at the recommendation of superstar forward Eden Hazard but manager Roberto Martinez made the call to bring him in.

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Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

Canada fans look set to be the latest nation to outnumber their European rivals.

They look well up for this match and their return to the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Their native hero Drake is blaring on the PA system inside Ahmad Bin Ali Stadion.

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Latest odds

Betfair – Belgium vs Canada

Belgium to win 4/7

Canada to win 5/1

Draw 16/5

Betfair – World Cup winner

Brazil 3/1

France 6/1

Spain 13/2

England 13/2

Argentina 17/2

Netherlands 11/1

Belgium 14/1

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A changing landscape?

Canada are the new faces in town, appearing at the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Belgium, meanwhile, appear to be coming towards the end of a cycle, with many of their leading players well over 30.

Two teams on opposing trajectories.

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A look inside the dressing room

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Roberto Martinez sends Canada message to Belgium squad

The Belgium boss insists he will not be taking Canada lightly…

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

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How Jonathan David went from amateur prospect in Ottawa to a star targeted by Arsenal and Liverpool

If Lille are to spark an unlikely comeback against Chelsea in the Champions League, then you can bet Jonathan David will be at the heart of it.

David only turned professional four years ago, originally starting his career playing amateur football in Canada, but now the striker is one of Europe’s hottest properties ahead of the summer transfer window.

Arsenal, Liverpool and other Premier League clubs are tracking him, but there is interest from clubs in Italy and Spain too.

It underlines just how far David has come, who began his career playing amateur football in Ottawa.

Read Simon Collings’ full feature here!

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Earlier in Group F

Morocco and Croatia played out an intriguing 0-0 draw as both nations started their World Cup campaigns.

A first half of few chances turned into a far more entertaining second as the 2018 finalists pushed for a late winner but failed to break down a stubborn and well-drilled Morocco.

Croatia will now turn their attentions to their game against Canada on Sunday, when Morocco will face Belgium.

Croatia’s best moments predictably hinged on Luka Modric, who was given the freedom of the park, floating effortlessly from back to front, with football’s traditional midfield roles seeming not to apply to Croatia’s captain.

Read our full match report here!

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