Canada’s road to Qatar 2022 World Cup gains massive boost after defeating Mexico

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“Iceteca” is what it is called. Canadians have taken over the Aztecs, the fortress of Mexico’s almost impregnable stadium.

Not only will November 16, 2021 at the Commonwealth Stadium in the frigid Edmonton be remembered as one of the most memorable nights for Canadian football, but the team will host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It’s also a compelling suggestion of what you can achieve with.

Canada defeated the perennial powerhouse Mexico in the CONCACAF region 2-1 in front of nearly 50,000 fans. Canada hasn’t beat the “Eltori” since the 2000 Gold Cup. This is the tournament they continued to win.

“It’s a proud night for young people,” said the head coach of Canada. John Herdman.. “”You have to dream. We are real. “

After eight of the 14 games in the final eight-team round-robin tournament called “Octagonal,” Canada First placeUndefeated with 4 wins and 4 draws, he led the tournament with goals and tied with the United States with the fewest goals allowed.

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the World Cup. At this stage, Canada looks like the key to booking your place in Qatar. It will be the first World Cup for Canadian men since 1986.

No accident

Results aside, Canada also demonstrates the qualities of every stage of the game that a team needs to compete with the best players in the world.

Canada shows mental maturity for managing matches against bragging opposition.

To beat a team like Mexico, you have to play an almost perfect match.

Eltori scored two goals down, but scored a very slow goal and the downtime was almost even. Goalkeeper Milan Borjan made an important save at the goalline.

These were nervous moments for Canada, which recently suffered a tragic defeat for a team like Mexico.

Knowing how to kill the game is part of top-level international football, but you need to do it. We may also challenge the realm of “dark art” or creative ways to run out of time.

Canada’s young and talented team took this experience from playing in tournaments like the Gold Cup. And now it looks like naive is gone, talent, athletic ability, and experience all come together.

The team must be able to score goals, and Canada has aggressive magic to do just that. Attack threats involve speed and skill. Canada has shown that it can pose a serious threat to a counterattack against a team like Mexico who likes to own the ball.

It starts with Alphonso Davies, one of the fastest players in the world. Alphonso Davies maintains a left full-back position at Germany’s top club Bayern Munich. Davis has trained and played with some of the best players on the planet and has already won the European Champions League title.

Jonathan David is a top striker in France’s top division. Cyle Larin, a professional soccer player in Turkey, scored both Canadian goals, one for each half. Larin has also scored goals in the European Champions League.

Having a creative and dynamic midfield is very important, and Stephen Eustachio has repeatedly shown how accurate a free kick can be. It’s also helpful to have a stable hand like Atiba Hutchinson together.

HutchinsonThe 38-year-old said he had never experienced a night like this, becoming Canada’s greatest leader in a match he played (cap).

“We wanted to go there and make a statement, and that’s what we did today,” he said.

Early in qualifying, Canada went to Mexico’s intimidating Aztec Stadium and drew one-on-one. We also recorded a draw in the United States.

The future of Canada looks very bright. The octagon has been better than expected so far, and looking down on the road, some noise is realistically visible in the Qatar 2022.

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Rahul Vaidyanath


Rahul Vaidyanath is a journalist in The Epoch Times of Canada. His areas of expertise include economics, financial markets, China, national defense and security. He has worked at the Bank of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., and investment banks in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.