canada beat this friday in comfort Qatar 2-0 in a friendly played in Vienna in which the host team of the World Cup offered a poor image.
Front Cyle Larinat minute 4, and jonathan davidin the 13th, scored the North American goals at the Generali arena in the Austrian capital.
The Qatari squad, which has been preparing for months to be competitive in the World Cup, barely disturbed the arc of Canadawhose star, the young Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), limped off in the second half after a heavy blow to his left leg.
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Canada, who will have a tougher exam on Tuesday against Uruguay in Bratislava, was not too demanding by the current Asian champion but added a necessary shoot for the first World Cup that will play since Mexico 1986.
A complicated game awaits the North American team Group F with Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.
“We know that we have the strength to compete against these teams and for that we have prepared ourselves these four years, ”said Larin, Bruges striker.
“We need these games against teams that are going to play in the World Cup and that demand us,” said his attacking partner Junior Hoilett.
A less than two months before the opening match of the World Cup against Ecuador, Qatar was overwhelmed by the physical power of its rival, who soon attacked their area with danger.
With only four minutes of play, Larin opened the scoring as he towered over his defenders and headed into the net a serve from the left by Sam Adekugbe.
Larin himself, Canada’s top scorer in the qualifiers, had another chance three minutes later with a shot with his right foot inside the box that was able to deflect goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb for a corner.
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in the 13th a Al Sheeb’s poor punch clearance He left the ball free in the Qatari area to be finished off by the young Jonathan David.
Alphonso Davies, who participated in the play, was hit in the ankle in that action but remained on the court. (D)
– Alphonso Davies beaten –
Led by midfielder Stephen Eustáquio, Canada enjoyed 62% possession in the first half, with Qatar barely getting a shot on goal as Mohammed Waad’s long-range shot went into the hands of Milan Borjan.
In the 58th minute, Alphonso Davies suffered a severe blow to his left leg in a clash with a Qatari footballer and visibly sore requested medical attention.
Two minutes later, the young figure from Bayern Munich was substituted and limped off the pitch.
In the final stretch, the North American team wasted great opportunities to deal a thrashing to Qatar, which showed great defensive insecurity, little associative play and lack of ideas in attack.
In minute 64 Richie Laryea and Iké Ugbo missed a double chance and in minute 88 defender Kamal Miller sent a free ball into the area with the entire goal at his disposal after a clearance by the Qatari goalkeeper.
Spanish coach Félix Sánchez, who has led Qatar since 2017, will have another opportunity to make adjustments on Tuesday against Chile, which has not qualified for the World Cup.
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 they will also face the Netherlands and Senegal.