World Cup 2022 toppers: Belgium takes 1-0 lead over Canada

The FIFA World Cup 2022 continues Wednesday on FOX with Belgium faced Canada at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar and we’ve provided you with every must-see moment from start to finish!

An experienced Belgium squad that finished third in the 2018 World Cup looks set to hold off a Canadian squad full of top MLS talent. Belgium is slightly favored (-200 on FOX Bet) to win and will be led by Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was a key part of the team’s run four years ago.

Canada, meanwhile, is still chasing its first World Cup win in its second ever appearance and first since 1986, with a 0-3-0 all-time.

You can watch this game and every game of the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks – the official English-language broadcast partner of the tournament in the US – and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream full match replays for free on Tubi.

Here are the top plays from the action in Wednesday’s group stage.

Belgium vs Canada

10′: Belgium gets the penalty save!

Canadian star Alphonso Davies was awarded a penalty after a video review showed Belgium had committed a handball penalty in the penalty area. But Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been here before, showing his experience with full-extension saves to still keep Canada looking for its first ever goal in the World Cup.

Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium by blocking a penalty kick attempt

Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium by blocking a penalty kick attempt

Belgian Thibaut Courtois saves with an incredible penalty against Canada after a handball in the penalty area during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

31′: Canada still does not break through!

Canada already has numerous shot attempts in the first half, including several on target. But Canada’s attack has not yet met with success against Belgium’s rearguard and 2018 World Cup Golden Glove winner Courtois.

38′: Non-call benefits Belgium

Should a penalty kick have been called on Axel Witsel here? The referees ruled no.

44′: Belgium strikes first!

Michy Batshuayi converts a beautiful through ball and gives Belgium a 1-0 lead just before extra time in the first half.

Belgian Michy Batshuayi scores goal vs. Canada in 44′

Belgian Michy Batshuayi scores goal vs.  Canada in 44'

Did Belgium get away with another penalty kick?

FOX Sports rule analyst Mark Clattenburg believes there was a mistake in a VAR check that should have resulted in a second penalty kick opportunity for Canada.

PREGAME SCENE

Canada wants to make history

Canada is not only looking for its first World Cup win or draw, but also its first World Cup goal. The Canadians also hope that a strong performance in Qatar can boost the passion for football at home.

‘O Canada’ at the World Cup!

The Belgian and Canadian national teams sang their national anthem before the game, marking ‘O Canada’ at the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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