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Belgium 1-0 Canada LIVE! Batshuayi goal – World Cup 2022 match stream, latest score and updates today

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

A cruel reminder that football is about taking your chances. Michy Batshuayi with an impressive diving volley to open the scoring.

Canada don’t deserve that and might feel aggrieved after a penalty decision goes against them

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GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Canada | Michy Batshuayi ‘43

43:00 – Heartbreak for Canada.

One long ball from Alderweireld splits the Maple Leafs open and Batshuayi holds off two defenders to score!

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Belgium looking to give themselves a platform

41:00 – Belgium are now starting to knock the ball around nicely, albeit without creating much.

Still, it’s better than wave after wave of Canadian attack.

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VAR call!

38:00 – VAR deny Canada a second penalty after Vertonghen brings Hoilett down.

Very risky from the veteran defender.

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So impressive from Canada

32:00 – The veteran Hutchinson is breaking up play and starting attacks from deep, with Jonathan David getting a shot off pretty much every time Canada go forward.

A touch more composure and the Maple Leafs would be two or three goals up.

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All a bit last ditch from Belgium

28:00 – When Canada attack down the flanks, Belgium retreat deep and have to put their bodies on the line in a series of last-ditch blocks.

This does not feel sustainable.

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De Bruyne getting on the ball

24:00 – The Man City star is bossing the midfield battle now and almost played Hazard through, though Canada manage to recover.

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CHANCE FOR BELGIUM

22:00 – Batshuyai sees his shot blocked by Miller after Hazard and Tielemans break behind the Canadian defence.

Wanted far too many touches there.

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Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

Canada certainly have the beating of Belgium’s ageing golden generation so far in Doha. It has been a really positive start for the Maple Leafs despite wasting the penalty opportunity.

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De Bruyne mistake

18:00 – Very rare you say that.

De Bruyne turns Hutchinson but choses the wrong pass, sending the ball into traffic instead of over to Tielemans, who was in acres of space.

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