Canada coach proud of his team: “We have shown that we belong here”

“My players have been really brilliant, our fans can go home proud,” explained the coach. “We showed that we are a country of football. A hard team, which played without fear, created chances, but unfortunately failed to score. We faced the Real Madrid goalkeeper and defenders “very experienced. That doesn’t make it easy. We had 22 shots on goal, Belgium 9: sometimes it’s your night, sometimes it’s not.”

The course of the match could have been very different, because Alphonso Davies missed a penalty early in the game. “It was obviously a big moment,” Herdman acknowledged. “We were really looking for that first goal. Davies took responsibility and carried the weight of a whole nation in this way. I’m proud of him for doing that. You have to have faith in yourself.”

It was Canada’s fourth World Cup game with as many losses and no goals scored. The second game, against Croatia, will be crucial. “This group is completely open. Let’s leave this game behind and keep believing.”

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