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Canada continue wait for first World Cup goal after loss to Belgium

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Canada made their first official World Cup finals apparance since 1986 on Wednesday, but it ended the same way as every game did 36 years ago as they failed to get on the scoresheet in a 1-0 loss to 2018's third-placed team Belgium.

Star player Alphonso Davies had the chance to immortalise himself in Canadian sports history from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, but his effort was tame and subsequently saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Michy Batshuayi then put the group favourites ahead just before the interval, and though they looked good in possession for much of the game they were unable to extend their lead while the underdogs showed enough promise to convince many that their first World Cup goal will come this year.

Canada will strive for that elusive goal, a first-ever World Cup win and perhaps even a second-placed finish in Group F when they take on Morocco and Croatia later on in Qatar. Those two sides played out a 0-0 draw earlier in the day in their own tournament curtain-raiser.

For all the details of the game, check out the live blog archive below.

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FULL TIME: BELGIUM 1-0 CANADA

An easy one for Belgium in the end, but Canada had a penalty early on. They could pose huge problems if they hold their nerves better in the next two matches.

 

90' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

There will be five minutes of added time. Corner on the right for Belgium, taken short to waste time.

84' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

Belgium are quite competently keeping the ball and De Bruyne has room to shoot from distance, but his effort is miles wide this time.

82' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

80' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

Courtois leaps to his right to save a header, and Trossard bring the ball forward.

79' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

76' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

Canada putting pressure on, and Belgium are sitting back as they hold onto the lead.

68' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

De Bruyne through ball, but there's nobody there able to reach the pass before it's intercepted.

63' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

Trossard backheel, some neat play from the Brighton man earns a corenr on the right wing.

46' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

The second half gets underway.

45+5' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

A decent effort from both sides but Batshuayi is the difference.

45' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

There will be five minutes of added time.

43' - Belgium 1-0 Canada

GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Canada - Batshuayi scores. A long ball over the top splits the defence and Batshuayi clips in a tough finish past the 'keeper.

39 - Belgium 0-0 Canada

VAR REVIEW - Witsel went into a heavy challenge on Hutchinson in the box and the video ref decides it's not a penalty.

37' - Belgium 0-0 Canada

No breakthrough yet - Both sides are stretching the play pretty well, but the 'keepers are up to the task for now.

30' - Belgium 0-0 Canada

24' - Belgium 0-0 Canada

Corner for Belgium - It's cleared and Canada race up the other end.

12' - Belgium 0-0 Canada

Laryea goes close but drags his shot wide of the near post.

10' - Belgium 0-0 Canada

SAVED! Belgium 0-0 Canada - Davies misses

A poor, low penalty to Courtois' right is easily beaten away.

9' - Belgium 0-0 Canada

Penalty! And Carracso is booked. Courtois is waiting.

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