Batsui strike sets Belgium on course for win over Canada Pipa News

Batsui strike sets Belgium on course for win over Canada

Roberto Martinez’s men struggled to retain possession, with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne often pulled deep into their own half, blunting their attacking threat.

Belgium struck against the goal of the game when Alderweireld delivered an inch-perfect pass into the path of an aggressive Batsui, who sent an unstoppable shot past Milan Borjan.

Canada missed another scoring chance in stoppage time of the second half as Tejon Buchanan’s sliding shot from point-blank range went over the bar after Laria’s cross from the right flank.

Canada continued to rattle the Belgian defense after the restart and St├ęphane Eustaquio found Jonathan David with a pinpoint cross for the striker to misdirect his header at the far post.

De Bruyne’s influence grew as the match progressed, even though his teammates failed to capitalize on his excellent vision and passing.

Batshua failed to take a clear shot after probing the Manchester City midfielder’s run and cross, and the striker was again at fault when De Bruyne’s dangerous long-range pass bounced off his shin.

Belgium fought to keep the result beyond doubt and Canada almost equalized in the 80th minute through David, whose dangerous header was cleverly kept out by Courtois.

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