Canada vs USMNT: Analysis, reaction, highlights as Canada seals huge win

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The USMNT were beaten by Canada in CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying in a frigid Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday, as the Canadians are so close to their first World Cup appearance since 1986.

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Canada are now clear atop the CONCACAF standings and exposed the USMNT’s weaknesses.

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Canada (22 points) sits atop the CONCACAF table after 10 of 14 games, while the USMNT now look unlikely to finish top with four games to go.

Without Alphonso Davies, their best player, and their best midfielder, Stephen Eustaquio, Canada scored early and late as they played on the counter and did a job on the USMNT who only created a few goalscoring opportunities.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Canada vs USMNT. 

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Canada vs USMNT live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter spoke to the media and here were some of his observations of the game.

Safe to say the USMNT fans probably may have not seen things like this…

Oh yeah, and Canada’s Alphonso Davies (their best player) didn’t play due to injury. He’s bloody happy about that win, as you’d expect.

GOALLL! Canada seal the win in the 95th minute as Adekugbe played in and finishes. What a moment. What a win. Canada.

Pulisic has a free kick from distance, as he tries to catch Borjan out but Canada’s goalkeeper bats the ball down and catches it. So tense in Hamilton.

Almost 2-0 to Canada on the break. Amazing play by Hoilett to beat multiple U.S. players and he then finds Adekugbe, who fires just over. Wow.

The USMNT throwing everything at Canada now. McKennie long throws. Arriola’s shot is blocked, then he hits a bicycle kick over. Canada hanging on.

Less than 10 minutes to go. USMNT having so much of the ball. Ricardo Pepi fires a shot over after a long ball into the box. Canada dropping deeper and deeper.

Just over 10 minutes to go.

Junior Hoilett is on for Cyle Larin. The experienced winger will be a real threat on the counter for Canada. Larin has done his job and almost scored another just before he came off. He did very little wrong with his dinked finish.

SUPERB SAVE! Jonathan David has a shot on goal which Matt Turner saves and he then denies the rebound from Larin. That feels like a huge moment. Big, big stop from the USMNT goalkeeper.

Tyler Adams pulls up with what looked like a hamstring issue. Brutal luck for USMNT to lose their captain. Acosta on for him. Zardes and Aaronson off too with Morris and Pepi on.

25 minutes to go. Canada still lead.

First sub of the game after 58 minutes. Fraser in for Kaye. Canada will hope to get a little more control of the ball in midfield. USMNT starting to knock it around nicely now.

The second half is underway. No subs. All very tight. Lots of tough tackles going in.

HALF TIME: Canada 1-0 USA – Yep, the shock (can we even call it that?) is on. Canada haven’t had much of the ball but after scoring early they’ve sat back and the USMNT have had one big chance as McKennie’s header was pushed onto the crossbar. Can Canada keep up this defensive work after their trip to Honduras just a few days ago? An intriguing, and potentially pivotal, second 45 minutes coming up.

And breath.

WHAT. A. SAVE! Weston McKennie’s header is pushed onto the crossbar by Borjan. Brilliant stop from Canada’s goalkeeper and captain. Fantastic corner from Pulisic. What a save, just before half time. Home crowd are almost celebrating like that was a goal.

Christian Pulisic lofts a free kick way over and there are ironic cheers from the home fans. They enjoyed that one. So too did Canada’s Twitter admin.

Some very ‘meaty’ challenges coming in from Canada on the USMNT. Referee is letting a lot go. A lot. Pulisic is hacked by Vitoria to stop a USMNT counter. Canada being very ‘savvy’ to stop the USMNT’s rhythm.

Canada continue to battle away as the USMNT have the majority of the ball. A few corners and a ball over to Pulisic which was well defended, and that is about it for the USA so far.

The USMNT have had plenty of of the ball since going behind, but look a little rattled and are sloppy on the ball. On Canada’s goal, lovely stuff from Larin and David.

GOALLLL! Cyle Larin puts Canada 1-0 up. A fine finish across goal. A horrible defensive mix-up off a goal kick allows Canada to slice right through the USMNT. Could Turner have got to that? Probably not. Tim Hortons Field erupts. What a start for Canada!

Take a look at this.

Christian Pulisic was just caught very late there in midfield. His free kick hits the first man. Pulisic is hobbling around a little. Much to the delight of the home fans…

KICK OFF: We are off in Hamilton!

Well, this is it. All of the build-up is over. All of the talking is done. Is this the day Canada announce themselves as CONCACAF’s top team? Or is this when the USMNT reminds them they are 11th in FIFA’s world rankings for a reason? Anthems are here.

What an atmosphere brewing in Hamilton. The home fans are already creating a lot of noise and we are over 30 minutes from kick off. I mean, they need to stay warm, so I get it. The ‘feels like’ temperature is a balmy 19 degrees, but that isn’t as bad as most expected.

IN TERMS OF THE TEAM NEWS: The USMNT makes two changes from the side which beat El Salvador on Thursday in Columbus. Brenden Aaronson replaces Tim Weah (who wasn’t allowed to enter Canada due to a ruling over his vaccine status despite France considering him fully vaccinated) out wide, while Gyasi Zardes starts up top with Jesus Pereira dropping to the bench. It is a little surprising that Ricardo Pepi is out of the starting lineup once again. Cyle Larin and Jonathan David start up top for Canada, while Atiba Hutchinson drops to the bench with Mark-Anthony Kaye coming in to midfield.

As for the Canadian team, well, they got a heroes welcome and the home fans are fired up ahead of this massive World Cup qualifier. 

The temperature is 25 degrees in Hamilton, Ontario and the USMNT players received a frosty reception as they walked into Tim Hortons Field, affectionately known as the Donut Box.

Hello, and welcome to live analysis of a game we have all been looking forward to for a long, long time: Canada vs USA. 1st vs 2nd. World Cup qualifying. This is going to be epic.


Canada team news, injuries, lineup

Alphonso Davies won’t be joining Canada during the January/February window, but he is the only player to have played during the November window and not been called into the current camp, meaning good health and fitness across the rest of the board.

USMNT team news, injuries, lineup

There were no injuries suffered by the USMNT on Thursday, though they will be without one starter from the victory over El Salvador, as winger Timothy Weah was denied entrance into Canada due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. Weah, who is considered fully vaccinated in France (one vaccine dose plus a previous recovery from the virus), was reportedly scheduled to have his second dose of the vaccine when he contracted the virus, preventing him from receiving dose no. 2 in time (15 days prior) to qualify under Canada’s guidelines. The 21-year-old Lille winger will instead travel to Minnesota ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Honduras.


How to watch Canada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3:05 pm ET, Sunday (Jan. 30)
TV Channel: Telemundo Deportes and NBC Universo and Paramount+
Online: Live analysis on NBCSports.com

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Ghana, Uruguay crash out after another penalty kick miss and late drama

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Uruguay beat Ghana but failed to secure their spot in the last 16 after pouring more World Cup misery on the Black Stars.

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Luis Suarez, who was in tears at full time after South Korea’s stunning late victory against Portugal knocked Uruguay out on goals scored, was heavily involved in both goals for Giorgian de Arrascaeta in the first half but they only arrived after Ghana missed, you guessed it, a penalty kick which was awarded via VAR.

Sergio Rochet saved Andre Ayew’s penalty kick as lightning struck twice for the Black Stars against Uruguay.

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Needing a point to advance, Ghana once again collapsed against Uruguay as amid all the talk about getting revenge for 2010, the Ghanians looked stunned following their penalty kick miss.

Uruguay finished on the same number of points and the same goal difference as South Korea, but went out as they scored just two goals to South Korea’s four.

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Smiles turn to tears in an instance as Uruguay stunned

They weren’t good enough for most of this tournament and their goalless draw in their opening game against South Korea cost them dear. This is the end for Luis Suarez, who was distraught on the sidelines, as he and Edinson Cavani were dejected as South Korea scored a late winner against Portugal to leave Uruguay needing another three goals late on to advance. That wasn’t going to happen and at the final whistle their players lost it and went at the officials as they believed they should have had at least one penalty kick. In truth, Uruguay haven’t been good enough at this tournament. They will be reminded of that every time the images of Suarez sobbing uncontrollably on the bench, after he had been taken off with the South American side believing they had done enough to reach the list of 16, are shown. Ghana, in a way, finally got their revenge.


Stars of the show

Luis Suarez: Delivered one of his best displays in a long time to cause chaos up top. I guess he can still rise to the occasion and all of the pre-match talk probably helped him roll back the years. However, he ended the game in tears after being subbed off as his World Cup years appear to be over.

Sergio Rochet: Gave the penalty kick away, which seemed harsh, but saved the spot kick and made some other big stops to shut out Ghana.

Ghana vs Uruguay
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How to watch Ghana vs Uruguay live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET – Friday, December 2
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Ghana will likely start the same team which started against South Korea as they looked dangerous in attack but they will have to improve defensively and keep the ball a bit better. The Ayew brothers (Jordan and Andre) provide so much experience, while Inaki Williams and Kudus knit everything together well in the final third.

Uruguay have to go for it, so does that mean starting Suarez, Cavani and Nunez up top together? If they do that they could cause Ghana, who have looked shaky at the back, plenty of problems. They may go back to a back four and the trio of Bentancur, Vecino and Valverde to hold down midfield.


Ghana quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 61
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 4
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF via playoffs
Coach: Otto Addo
Key players: Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, Jeff Schlupp

Uruguay quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 14
World Cup titles: 2 (1930, 1950)
World Cup appearances: 14
How they qualified: Qualified from CONMEBOL
Coach: Diego Alonso
Key players: Luis Suarez, Federico Valverde, Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Bentancur


South Korea grabs dramatic stoppage time win to reach last 16

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South Korea scored in the 91st minute to beat Portugal 2-1 and secure themselves a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup in the most dramatic fashion.

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They finished Group H level on points and goal difference with Uruguay but went through ahead of Uruguay based on goals scored, as they scored three group stage goals to Uruguay’s two.

Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan scored the winner as he was set up by Heung-min Son and slotted home.

Portugal had taken the lead through Horta but Kim Young-gwon scored a superb equalizer before half time.

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South Korea have reached the last 16 of the World Cup for just the second time since their legendary run to the semifinals as hosts in 2002 and just the third time in their history.

Portugal won Group H as Fernando Santos rotated his lineup and they weren’t too bothered with the result. South Korea are now all but certain to face Brazil in the last 16.


Son and South Korea get what they deserve

They lost to Ghana 3-2 despite pummelling their Group H opponents and were very good against Uruguay but drew and finally they got the win they needed, and deserved. South Korea’s dramatic last-gasp win against Portugal was the stuff of legends as Son and Hwang Hee-chan combined for the latter to coolly slot home. How he kept that cool in that scenario is crazy as the whole of South Korea held their breath, then roared in jubilation. This team have huffed and puffed and have never given up and right at the end of the group stage they got what they deserved. After the euphoria of this win, you wouldn’t bet against Son and Co. to pull off a huge upset and knock Brazil out of the World Cup, would you? This result proved a valuable lesson, one which has been repeated time and time again in this tournament: never, ever give up.


Stars of the show

Heung-min Son: Delivered an amazing late assist on the winner and that was the difference. His class in the final third was always going to shine through in the end and he’s been trying so hard to be the main man for South Korea. Now he has his moment.

Diogo Dalot: Fine display and picked up an assist as the Man United right back continues his excellent resurgence.

South Korea vs Portugal
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How to watch South Korea vs Portugal live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET – Friday, December 2
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Obviously the stage is set for Heung-min Son. He is a hero in his homeland and he’s worked so hard to be fit for this tournament after the nasty facial injury but looks out of sorts on the left. Perhaps he can moved inside or slightly deeper to get on the ball more? Cho Gue-sung scored two beauties against Ghana and if South Korea can put more quality deliveries into the box, they will cause problems. They simply have to go all-out for the win and that approach saw them deliver their best play of the tournament in the second half against Ghana. However, South Korea’s Portuguese coach Paulo Bento was sent off at the end of that disappointing defeat to Ghana as he was unhappy with a late corner not being allowed as the final whistle was blown. He will miss this game through suspension. 

For Portugal it’s about resting key players and warming up for their last 16 clash. Winning the group is essential as that means they would face one of Serbia, Switzerland or Cameroon in the last 16 rather than Brazil. It is very unlikely Portugal won’t finish top, but it could happen. Basically, Ghana would have to win big to overturn a three-goal difference by beating Uruguay and Portugal would also have to lose against South Korea. It could happen but Fernando Santos can rotate his team and still have so much quality on the pitch as Goncalo Ramos, Diogo Dalot, Matheus Nunes and Rafael Leao could all start.


South Korea quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 28
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Paulo Bento
Key players: Heung-min Son, Young-gwon Kim, In-beom Hwang, Woo-yeong Jeong

Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo


World Cup 2022 odds: Favorites, underdogs, group stage winners

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The World Cup 2022 odds are already intriguing.

Who’s going to lift the World Cup trophy on Sunday, Dec. 18, and what are the current betting odds for them to do so?

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Odds for not only who will be crowned world champions this winter in Qatar, but also for each one of the eight groups, were posted.

Check out the 2022 World Cup winners betting odds below, provided by our partner, PointsBet.


World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup 2022 odds – winners (As of December 2)

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Brazil +225
Argentina +475
France +500
Spain +600
England +900
Portugal +1200
Netherlands +1800
Croatia +3300
Uruguay +6600
Japan +6600
Switzerland +10000
USA +10000
Morocco +10000
Senegal +10000
Serbia +20000
Poland +25000
Australia +25000
Ghana +75000
South Korea +100000
Cameroon +200000

Qatar – Eliminated
Canada – Eliminated
Ecuador – Eliminated
Wales – Eliminated
Iran – Eliminated
Germany – Eliminated
Belgium – Eliminated
Denmark – Eliminated
Costa Rica – Eliminated
Tunisia – Eliminated
Mexico – Eliminated
Saudi Arabia – Eliminated


World Cup odds – group stage winners (At start of tournament, November 20)

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Group A

Netherlands -223
Senegal +400
Ecuador +550
Qatar +1600

Group B

England -304
Wales +550
USA +600
Iran +1800

Group C

Argentina -223
Poland +450
Mexico +450
Saudi Arabia +2500

Group D

France -250
Denmark +275
Tunisia +1400
Australia +2000

Group E

Spain -112
Germany +110
Japan +1200
Costa Rica +5000

Group F

Belgium -200
Croatia +250
Morocco +1000
Canada +1200

Group G

Brazil -250
Switzerland +500
Serbia +600
Cameroon +1200

Group H

Portugal -154
Uruguay +200
Ghana +1100
South Korea +1100


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What are the group stage tiebreaker rules at the 2022 World Cup?

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The 2022 World Cup is already well underway and through the first matches of the group stage, the tournament has been marked by unpredictability and upsets, including Saudi Arabia toppling Argentina and Japan edging out Germany thanks to a late comeback. While one loss doesn’t necessarily mean these pre-tournament contenders won’t make it to the knockout rounds, it does make the path significantly harder. Read on to see the World Cup tiebreakers that may come into play in determining which teams advance to the next round and continue on the path to soccer’s greatest glory.

How many teams will advance from the World Cup group stage?

Of the 32 teams at the 2022 World Cup, only 16 will advance to the next round of the tournament. The top two teams in each of the eight groups will advance to the Round of 16. From there, the tournament will be a single-elimination competition, with eight teams making it through to the quarterfinals and four to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches will play in the final, while the losers will meet in the third-place playoff.

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What are the tiebreakers for the group stage at the World Cup?

If two or more teams have an equal number of points after the conclusion of group stage matches, FIFA will use the following tiebreakers to determine which nations advance:

  • Goal differential – the team with the higher goal differential (total goals scored minus total goals allowed) will have the higher ranking
  • Number of goals scored – If multiple teams have the same number of points and equal goal differential, the team with more goals scored will be given a higher ranking than the lesser-scoring team

World Cup draw rules

If two or more teams are still “tied” after applying these tiebreakers, FIFA moves on to a second round of tiebreakers:

  • Greatest number of points obtained in group matches between the teams concerned
  • Superior goal difference resulting from the group matches between the team concerned
  • Greatest number of goals scored in all matches between the teams concerned
  • Highest team conduct score – team conduct score is based on the number of yellow and red cards a team has obtained. The team with the highest team conduct score will receive the higher ranking.
    • Yellow Card: Minus one point
    • Indirect Red Card (acquired via two yellow cards): Minus three points
    • Direct Red Card: Minus four points
    • Yellow Card and Direct Red Card: Minus five points

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World Cup yellow card rules

The “team conduct” tiebreaker or “fair play” tiebreaker was first used at the 2018 World Cup – Japan and Senegal stood equal after all other tiebreakers were applied but Senegal had more yellow cards and was subsequently eliminated. Japan advanced to the Round of 16.

World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

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