Canada blank Haiti to advance
Published on 16 June 2021
Canada men’s national team progresses with a 4-0 victory on aggregate in their WCQ Second Round series for Qatar 2022. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
CHICAGO, Illinois (June 15, 2021)—Taking a one goal aggregate lead into the second leg of the home-and-away second round clash, Canada finished 3 -0 winners over Haiti. The win ended Les Grenadiers’ 2022 World Cup campaign and sent Canada to the final qualifying round.
With their advantage going into the match, Canada looked to manage that lead while Haiti, needing to overturn that deficit, began the match with purpose and aggression. The opening minutes saw a few skirmishes and a couple half chances; however the first real chance fell to Jonathan David in the 23’.
Good work in tight spaces saw the Canadian forward carve a scoring chance out of seemingly nothing, but Josue Duverger denied him, making his debut in goal for the Haitians.
The pair were soon at it again, and again Duverger got the better of David, pulling off three saves in quick succession to prevent Canada from extending their aggregate lead. Those saves were telling, as they sent the teams into the half time interval deadlocked at zero.
It took very little time for the action to pick up on resumption, but not the way the Caribbean side would have hoped. Canada’s opener came via an own goal by Duverger, who failed to deal with what was a routine back pass and, coming under pressure, put the ball into his own net. It was a catastrophic error that undid his first half heroics.
Haiti should have drawn level in the 59th minute via Derrick Etienne, but he shot wide of the target from a squared ball after some good work down the Canadian left side.
Cyle Larin, after a quiet first period by his own standards, got in on the action, getting on the end of an Alphonso Davies cross, but he too was wasteful with his attempt. That changed quickly thereafter, however, when Larin raced onto a long ball over the top to score Canada’s second goal of the match in minute 74. A Junior Hoylett 89th minute conversion sealed Haiti’s fate and rounded off a polished performance by the North Americans.
Wins in both legs give Canada a berth into the final round of Concacaf World Cup qualifiers after a two-decade absence and brings them one step closer to punching their ticket to Qatar 2022.