Belgium beat Canada at the FIFA World Cup – VG

UNPOPULAR: Referee Janny Sikazwe (in black) could have awarded Canada several shots on goal, but it ended up being just one.

DOHA (VG) (Belgium – Canada 1-0) It ended in a recipe-winning favorite victory, but could have ended completely differently. At the center was a judge who started the year with unwanted attention.


Referee Janny Sikazwe has become an internet phenomenon after missing an Africa Cup of Nations game after just 85 minutes in January – then again after 89 minutes. He later claimed that heat stroke caused him to amazing in the match between Tunisia and Mali – and thought he might have died.

– I think God asked me to stop the fight. He saved me, Sikazwe said after the game, according to the Kenyan Mozart Sports.

Refereeing also came into focus when World Cup underdogs Belgium met energetic and well-played Canada, who surprised by taking the initiative and controlling the game at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium – right next to the lavish, flashy and brand-new Mall of Qatar, dominated by luxury brands in a city known for its huge social differences.

PENALTY MISS: Great Canadian star Alphonso Davies just after missing a penalty.

It all started with Canadian Tajon Buchanan’s shot hitting Yannick Carrasco’s arm. The match continued, but during the next stoppage Sikazwe was asked to take a look at the VAR screen.

It ended in a penalty, but Bayern star Alphonso Davies kicked in a far too loose and misplaced penalty, which Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois easily saved.

But Canada again demanded a penalty. A Davies shot was blocked and in the aftermath Buchanan collected the ball and went to ground after being stomped on by Jan Vertonghen.

Instead of a penalty he was declared offside, there was only one problem: the pass came from a Belgian player, and therefore the game should not have been called off – but rather controlled by the VAR.

– It was a bad decision by both the referee and the VAR. Canada should have been awarded another penalty, football analyst Stu Holden says in Fox.

VAR-CHECK: Axel Witsel (farthest) has fouled Richie Laryea (in white) in the penalty area. Jan Vertonghen (closest) tries to tell the referee that nothing bad happened.

And about seven minutes before halftime, Canada called for a penalty again. This time there was a half-length break after Richie Laryea claimed to have been taken down by Axel Witsel.

The outnumbered Canadian crowd tactfully chanted “WAR, VAR, VAR”, in typical North American style, followed by “PE-NAL-TY, PE-NAL-TY, PE-NAL-TY”, but the conclusion was not a penalty.

– That there will be no penalty, despite the help we have with the video images. I have a hard time understanding it. For me, it’s a breakdown of FIFA and the VAR protocol. For me as a judge, it’s crystal clear, says former chief justice Jonas Eriksson SVT.

– This is, hopefully, his last game in the World Cup, he continues.

So it probably looked even sourer when Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi stormed in and scored 1-0 in the absence of injured Romelu Lukaku.

The organizer did their part to lift the spirits of the crowd by putting on a half-time show with an indoor track studio and a light show from the supporters’ mobiles – of course to the sound of “Blinding Lights” by Canadian The Weeknd.

The Canadians attempted to call for an equalizer, mostly shouting “oh ha, Canada” or “let’s go, Canada” for much of the game, but were unsuccessful.

SPEECH: John Herdman (centre) urged the team to look forward to the next game against Croatia.

After the loss, Canada’s coach brought the team together in a circle on the field.

– I told them they deserved to be here and we’re going to go ‘f’ Croatia, it’s as simple as that, Herdman said according to Athleticism.

Canada is participating in its second World Cup (the first in 1986), they have yet to score a goal in the tournament.

– I’m proud of the performance. These boys showed they could handle this stage and I think they made the fans proud, he continued.

During the match, you could also see Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wears a rainbow-colored captain’s armbandas she chatted with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Belgium, who were denied by FIFA to play in rainbow colored kits, are top of the group after that Morocco and Croatia went 0-0 earlier in the day.


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