Canada wins against Japan in extremis before entering the running against the Devils

Canada, for its second preparation match before challenging Belgium next Wednesday, beat Japan (2-1) thanks to a penalty at the last minute, Thursday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Canadians will now focus on their return to the World Cup after a 36-year wait.

Japan quickly opened the scoring via Yuki Soma, found by a ball above the defense signed Gaku Shibasaki (0-1, 9th). The “Canucks”, generally dominating throughout the game, quickly equalized thanks to defender Steven Vitoria, present at the 2nd post from a corner to push the leather into the goal (1-1, 21st).

In the second half, the Japanese side Miki Yamane found the post with a shot from the right (89th) before conceding a penalty at the last second of added time. Vancouver Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini converted it with a panenka yet moderately performed and touched by the goalkeeper (1-2, 90th + 5).

Star of the Canadian team, Alphonso Davies was not on the score sheet. The side of Bayern Munich still suffers from the right thigh and must pass a new battery of tests to find out if he can participate in the World Cup. According to the German daily Bild, Davies trained this Thursday for 45 minutes with a member of the staff of the Bavarian club.

In addition to the absence of Davies, the Canadian eleven could approach the one that the Englishman John Herdman could present against Belgium. Lille’s Jonathan David as well as the two Club Brugge players Tajon Buchanan and Cyle Larin were notably starters.

After Belgium, Canada will challenge Croatia (27/11) and Morocco (01/12) in group F. As for Japan, it will successively face Germany, Costa Rica and Spain in group E. Theoretically, the two nations could meet in the round of 16.


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