Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Canada 'showed they belong' at WC - Herdman

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 14:52

AL RAYYAN, Qatar -- John Herdman insisted his Canada team "showed they belong" at the World Cup despite losing their Group F opener 1-0 to Belgium on Thursday.

Alphonso Davies missed a 10th-minute penalty as Les Rouges were the better side for long periods only to concede a minute before the interval as Michy Batshuayi rifled a shot past Milan Borjan.

- Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.)
- Laurens: Courtois denies superior Canada side for undeserved Belgium win

Canada ended with 21 shots to Belgium's nine as they pushed the team ranked second by FIFA all the way in their first World Cup match for 36 years.

"They showed tonight that they do belong here," said Herdman. "It's been a long time since we've been back here. Our fans were football fans but tried to own the stadium tonight.

"We came into that game with a couple of goals: to play fearless and to entertain. We had some other goals, which was to create some firsts but we never quite got to those moments.

"I think the group stage is wide open now given the result of Morocco and Croatia. With a performance like this, I just said to the players: straight onto the next task."

Hardman added in a separate television interview: "I told them they belong here and we're going to go and 'F' Croatia. That's as simple as it gets."

He also revealed that former astronaut Chris Hadfield gave the players an inspirational pre-match team-talk.

"He had a good chat, talking about his experiences representing the country in the military and as an astronaut and I think he inspired them tonight to commit 100% to whatever the strategy was," Herdman said.

Kevin de Bruyne was given the official man of the match award despite an underwhelming display and he said: "I don't think I played a great game. I don't know why I got the trophy, maybe because of the name."

His coach Roberto Martinez said the performance was technically the worst of his six-year tenure, yet added that Belgium were worthy winners.

"Was it technically the worst performance? Yes. The worst game? No, because it's a win at the World Cup," he said. "We had to show a different side of our game and had to defend really well.

"And we took a very good goal. You need to give huge respect to Canada's performance and what we did is that we didn't do well what we were supposed to do while they did well what they were supposed to do. But we deserve the win."

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

Read 9 times

Soccer

Rooney: 'English prejudice' behind boos vs U.S.

Rooney: 'English prejudice' behind boos vs U.S.

Wayne Rooney has criticised England fans for booing Gareth Southgate's side after a 0-0 draw against...

Neymar 'will play' at WC despite injury - Tite

Neymar 'will play' at WC despite injury - Tite

Brazil manager Tite said he remains confident Neymar will play again in the 2022 World Cup, with tea...

U.S. scrub Iran flag emblem to back protesters

U.S. scrub Iran flag emblem to back protesters

The U.S. Soccer Federation is displaying Iran's national flag on social media without the emblem of...

Basketball

LBJ aids Russ as in sync pair keep Lakers rolling

LBJ aids Russ as in sync pair keep Lakers rolling

SAN ANTONIO -- Russell Westbrook had blood covering his face after taking a flagrant foul to his for...

Sources: AD expected back Monday vs. Pacers

Sources: AD expected back Monday vs. Pacers

SAN ANTONIO -- The Los Angeles Lakers expect star big man Anthony Davis to return Monday night again...

Baseball

Sources: 1B Santana to Pirates on 1-year deal

Sources: 1B Santana to Pirates on 1-year deal

First baseman Carlos Santana and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year, $6.7 million...

Harper has TJ surgery, likely out first half of '23

Harper has TJ surgery, likely out first half of '23

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, acco...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated