Buchanan’s shot still rising for Canada as Belgium hang on to win Qatar World Cup opener

Qatar World Cup. Image: ArifAsif/Shutterstock.com

CANADA were unlucky not to draw or take all three points against Belgium after dominating both sides’ Qatar World Cup opening match on Wednesday, November 23.

A superb penalty save from Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois and a goal from former Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi helped Belgium scrape a 1-0 win over Canada, who dominated shots and possession.

Although Belgium are not one of the favourites for this year’s tournament as they were in the previous World Cup, they were still expected to beat Canada comfortably in this Group F clash.

However, they were not clicking together, despite playing the likes of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel from Atletico Madrid in midfield.

And it was Canada’s Tajon Buchanan who proved to be the game’s bright spark, winning the penalty for his national side.

Sadly for Canadian fans, their star player Alphonso Davies missed from the spot.

Buchanan continued to trouble Belgium’s defence, although there was one moment the winger, who plays his club football for Belgian First Division A side Club Brugge, would like to forget.

Midway through the second half, when it seemed easier to hit the target, Buchanan managed to sky his shot into row Z.

People reacted to Buchanan’s shot online.

“I am told in the headset that the ball from Buchanan’s shot has not finished landing.”

“Grazie Buchanan.”

“Buchanans shooting has been so wild for Canada, his post match shot map is going to need to be produced by NASA.”

“Buchanan where is the goal? The sky?”

“Tajon Buchanan when he’s right in front of goal.”

“Buchanan’s strike is well received.”

“Buchanan kicking goal opportunities from Qatar to Afghanistan.”

In the other Group F clash, Croatia and Morocco played out a boring 0-0 draw, in a game which was overshadowed for some football fans watching the game on ITV by the commentary of former Celtic striker John Hartson.

Belgium now top the group, while Canada prop it up.

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Matthew Roscoe

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