Canada to face Belgium, Croatia and Morocco in group stage at World Cup in Qatar | CBC Sports

Canada will face Belgium, Morocco and Croatia in Group F within the opening group stage of the World Cup in Qatar this November.

Canada was the final ball taken within the draw for the match, which runs Nov. 21 by Dec. 18.

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Whereas there have been maybe more durable locations — Spain and Germany had been drawn in Group E — it’s a difficult group for the Thirty eighth-ranked Canadian males.

Star-studded Belgium moved into high spot within the FIFA world rankings in September 2018 and stayed there till this week, when it was leapfrogged by Brazil.

No. 16 Croatia was runner-up to France within the 2018 World Cup. This time spherical it received Group H in European qualifying with a 7-1-2 document, ending forward of Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta whereas outscoring the opposition 21-4.

No. 24 Morocco went unbeaten in African qualifying, securing its World Cup berth with a 5-2 combination win over the Democratic Republic of Congo after going 6-0-0 in its preliminary group.

The Canadians drew France, Hungary and the Soviet Union as first-round opponents of their solely different go to to soccer’s showcase — Mexico ’86. Canada misplaced all three matches and was outscored 5-0.

Friday’s draw had Canada in Pot 4, which featured the lowest-ranked certified groups. Guidelines of the draw meant that the Canadians couldn’t be put in a gaggle with fellow CONCACAF qualifiers Mexico and the U.S.

The groups are divided into eight teams of 4 for the opening stage. Every staff performs the others in its group as soon as, with the highest two advancing to the knockout stage.


  • Nov. 23: vs Belgium
  • Nov. 27: vs Croatia
  • Dec. 1: vs Morocco

The draw passed off on the Doha Exhibition and Conference Middle with actor Idris Elba and broadcaster Reshmin Chowdhury as hosts.

“Wow, what an emotion it’s to be right here in entrance of you,” mentioned FIFA president Gianni Infantino. “Now it is getting critical.

“This World Cup will merely be one of the best World Cup ever. The best present on earth,” he added.

Referencing “some turbulences all over the world,” Infantino referred to as for the World Cup to deliver individuals collectively “since we all know that lots of of hundreds of thousands of individuals are watching this draw and plenty of leaders of the world are additionally watching.

“Our plea and the plea of the world soccer group to everybody, to all of the leaders and to all of the individuals of the world is cease the conflicts and the wars. Please, please interact in dialogue. Please interact in peace. As a result of we would like this to be the World Cup of unity and the World Cup of peace.”

Friday’s draw featured a worldwide lineup of soccer royalty with Cafu (Brazil), Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Adel Ahmed MalAllah (Qatar), Ali Daei (Iran), Bora Milutinovic (Serbia/Mexico), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Rabah Madjer (Algeria) and Tim Cahill (Australia) aiding.

Former U.S. worldwide Carli Lloyd and former England participant Jermaine Jenas additionally took half.

FIFA additionally unveiled La’eeb because the match’s official mascot. La’eeb, described as “adventurous, enjoyable and curious,” is an Arabic phrase that means super-skilled participant.

Canada clinched its first World Cup berth in 36 years with a 4-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday at BMO Area in Toronto, however they fell to Panama 1-0 on Wednesday within the ultimate match of their qualifying marketing campaign.

The Canadians completed atop the CONCACAF standings with an 8-2-4 document, however they dropped 5 locations in Thursday’s FIFA males’s world rankings — falling from their record-high of No. 33.

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