The Canadian men’s soccer team responded well to their first pre-World Cup test by beating upcoming tournament hosts Qatar 2-0 on Friday in Vienna, Austria.
The representatives of the maple leaf struck very quickly to place their adversaries in the cables. Striker Cyle Larin, the top scorer in the history of the selection, moved the ropes in the fourth minute of play by redirecting a ball centered by Sam Adekugbe with a header.
In the 13th minute, CF Montreal defender Kamal Miller then signaled himself by sending a difficult cross to Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb. The latter could only push back towards his own defenders, who were surprised by Jonathan David’s breakthrough. The Ottawan doubled the Canadians’ lead.
In addition to Miller, Samuel Piette and Alistair Johnston of CF Montreal were also employed on the starting lineup formed by coach John Herdman. Ismaël Koné also entered the field on the hour mark, replacing Piette.
Canada will have an even bigger challenge on Tuesday as they face Uruguay, a country that has qualified for the most recent four World Cups, including 2022. The ‘Celeste’ are ranked 13th in the FIFA rankings, far ahead of Canada (43rd).