Canada brings down the United States to continue the path of victory in the impressive World Cup qualifiers


Hamilton — Sail Larin jumped into the record book and Canada continued to move forward towards Qatar 2022, beating the United States 2-0 in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

The 40th-place Canadian made a good goal early through Laline, and then the 11th-place American, who had a lot of balls, probed without a successful home defense, so he bent but couldn’t break. There was no.

It ended Canada with an opportunity, and Americans couldn’t seize it. Still, it was a tense finale as the United States pushed hard for five minutes overtime.

Sam Adekugbe added an insurance goal in the 95th minute in a solo rush after Americans were deeply captured at the end of Canada. It was his first goal in 26 international appearances.

Canada (6-0-4, 22 points) was one step closer to Qatar 2022 in the final round of qualifying at CONCACAF, maintaining the standings of eight teams. The United States (5-2-3, 18 points) lost its position and faced losing second place to Mexico until later results.

This is the 16th match at Tim Hortonsfield in Canada’s World Cup qualifying since March last year, and John Heardman’s team improved to 12-0-4 with five consecutive victories.

Canada took the lead just seven minutes after Matt Turner’s goal kick hung in the wind. Kamal Miller directed the ball to Jonathan Osorio, who played the ball to Larin. The Besiktas striker gave and went with Jonathan David and defeated Turner with his right foot as the defender struggled to catch him.

This was Larin’s 23rd goal in Canada in his 46th appearance, overtaking Dwayne de Rosario to make it to the top of the men’s scoring list. Christine Sinclair of Canada is the world’s leading goal scorer at 188.

“Gouaor. Congratulations to Cyle Larin, a well-done young man, and a great way to catch top scorers,” De Rozario tweeted. “continue.”

It was also a kind of haste goal, where speed and finishing abilities made Canadian men always known to be dangerous.

In the second half of Sunday, Mexico was 40th in Costa Rica 49th, Panama 63rd in Jamaica 57th, and Honduras 76th in El Salvador 70th.

The Canadian man won 2-0 in Honduras on Thursday, his first victory since 1985. Meanwhile, the Americans beat El Salvador 1-0 in Columbus.

Canada is now flying south to close the international window to El Salvador in San Salvador on Wednesday while Americans are hosting Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota.

After that, Canadian men will have three games left. In March, the top three teams will book tickets for Qatar 2022, and the fourth-placed team will face Oceania to see who will join the teams that represent North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The game sold out within a few hours and Canadian football expected an audience of 24,000. However, the stricter restrictions associated with the pandemic invalidated the first ticket sale and limited the crowd to 12,000 after the smaller second ticket sale took place.

Despite such limitations, there was a lot of atmosphere. A Canadian bus arrived at the stadium on Sunday, with cheers, flares and streamers from cheering fans.

“Is it pretty good? Goose bump. I could feel it on the bus,” Hardman said of the welcome.

At 3:00 pm ET kickoff it was -5C, it felt like -7 and it got colder in the afternoon. Despite the cold, there was a festive mood with flag-waving fans singing to “Sweet Caroline” while the team was waiting to enter the field. The crowd then performed a passionate rendition of “O Canada.”

Mexican referee Cesar Ramos let the team play, allowing both sides to take on the physical challenge.

After falling 1-0, the Americans launched several attacks, but lacked a clinical end. Canadian defenders played their part and disturbed their bodies when the United States gained the upper hand.

Canadian defender Stephen Vitoria was warned by a professional foul in the 31st minute. The second yellow means that he will not be able to play in the El Salvador match.

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic fired a free kick just outside Canada’s penalty box in the 36th minute, but shot a big shot.

Growing up in Hamilton, Milan Borjan rescued in the 43rd minute with a spectacular reflex save and used his right hand to pull Weston McKennie’s header away from the Pulisic corner. The Red Star Belgrade keeper, who defeated Honduras and made two important saves, struck a Canadian badge on his chest after denying the Americans.

The United States had 64% ownership in the first half, but only one out of seven shots achieved the goal in the first 45 minutes.

The Americans continued to approach in the second half, and Canada was aiming for a counterattack by David and Larin. Brenden comfortably handled Brenden Aaronson’s shot in the 59th minute.

Turner grew up on the 70th, stopping David’s long range shooting and removing Larin’s short range shooting from the rebound.

Larin was sent off with a standing ovation in the 73rd minute. US coach Gregg Berhalter headed to the bench and brought all his available substitutes by 76 minutes.

Visitors limped in minutes when defender Chris Robinson was dying, and Barholter left the submarine to finish with 10 men.

Borjan easily handled Pulisic’s free kick during the downtime.

There was no Bavarian Munich star Alphonso Davies in Canada. Alphonso Davies was pushed aside by myocarditis and inflammation of the heart muscle after a positive COVID-19 test.

“It’s time to show #canmnt. Good luck to your teammates tonight,” Davis tweeted before the kick-off.

Once again, a 21-year-old boy from Edmonton enjoyed livestreaming on Twitch while watching the game and celebrating Larin’s goal.

Influential midfielder Stephen Eustachio was also missing as he tested positive for COVID following a report in Portugal.

Herdman made four changes to the first 11 and introduced Miller, Osorio, Mark-Anthony Kaye, and Richie Laryea. Boljan was the captain of the team where Atiba Hutchinson was absent.

The Canadian Starting 11 played against the American 262 with a total of 345 caps.

Tyler Adams was the seventh US captain. The team was previously 4-0-2 in a match where Adams wore an armband.

The United States has lost defender Brooks Lennon (ankle) and forward Tim Ware, who were unable to enter Canada due to vaccination.

Ware, who plays club soccer for Lille, was infected with COVID-19 while waiting for the first vaccination and the second vaccination. This meets the full vaccination requirements in France, but not in Canada.

Canada and the United States drew one-on-one in the second match of the final round in Nashville in September.

The Americans led the entire series between two North American rivals on 16-9-12 (1990-12-1-7), while Canada was 6-4-4 ahead of the World Cup qualifiers. I put it on.

Sunday’s match has been in Canada since Canada beat the United States 2-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League match in October 2019, finishing 17 unwinned matches against North American neighbors for 34 years. It was the first of two games.

It also marked the first ever match at Tim Hortons Field for Canadian men.

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