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Qatar is put to the test against Canada, a friendly with a view to its confrontation with Ecuador in the 2022 World Cup

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The Canadian team, brand-new winner of the Concacaf qualifiers, will face Qatar on Friday in a friendly in Vienna, which has been preparing for months behind closed doors to give a good image as host of the 2022 World Cup.

Canada, for its part, enjoys its first qualification for a World Cup since Mexico-1986 with a compact team in which the young Alphonso Davies, the explosive and versatile Bayern Munich winger, stands out.

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Coach John Herdman is eager to test his charges against other World Cup teams outside of Concacaf, where Canada caused the big upset in qualifying by beating Mexico and the United States.

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Canada will make its World Cup debut on November 23 against Belgium and then also face Croatia and Morocco in Group F.

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Although he is out due to injury such as Atiba Hutchinson and Jonathan Osorio, Herdman hopes to continue shaping his starting eleven in Friday’s clash against Qatar and Tuesday’s clash against Uruguay in Bratislava.

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“We will learn a lot from these moments, being the first matches against non-Concacaf nations since the journey began back in 2018,” Herdman confided.

Canada seems to have left behind the two big shocks experienced this year, first the myocarditis that kept Alphonso Davies out for weeks and then the labor conflict with the players that caused the suspension of two friendlies in June.

Qatar and host pressure

The duel against Canada will be a great opportunity to find out the state of form of the organizing team of the World Cup.

At their recent rallies in Spain and Austria, Qatar have been preparing behind closed doors for their baptism of fire in the opening game on 20 November against Ecuador.

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Spanish coach Félix Sánchez, who has led Qatar since 2017, will also be able to evaluate his players on Tuesday, September 27 against Chile, in the first friendlies they play in front of the public in recent months.

After spending billions of dollars to host the first World Cup in the Middle East, Qatar dreams of progressing from the first round in group A, where it will also face Ecuador, the Netherlands and Senegal.

For this, their players have already been released by their Qatari clubs, unlike the great European or South American teams, which will only receive their figures close to the start date of the championship.

Qatar failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but won the Asian Cup in 2019 and reached the semifinals of the Concacaf Gold Cup last year. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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