Les Rouges defeated Reggae Boyz of Jamaica 4-0 at Toronto’s 30,000-capacity BMO Stadium to claim a spot in the Qatar final.
Canada qualified for the Football World Cup for the first time in 36 years, after beating Jamaica 4-0 in Toronto.
Goals from Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett and an own goal from Adrian Mariappa on Sunday secured three points after a dominant performance against a Jamaican team that had been knocked out of the CONCACAF regional qualifiers for the round. Finals this year in Qatar.
The win sparked wild celebrations at Toronto’s 30,000-capacity BMO Stadium, where a waiting crowd, already sold out, had gathered to watch Canada qualify for the World Cup for a second, second time. finally appeared at the 1986 Mexico tournament.
Canada’s England coach John Herdman – who took over the men’s team in 2018 after successfully taking charge of Canada’s women’s team – said the qualifications prove that Canada is a “soccer nation”.
“You know what, you can play in a Champions League final, the Canadians can play for Bayern Munich, and now they’re going to the World Cup,” Herdman said, referring to Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies. and Canada is traumatized.
“Canada is a footballing country and we should believe it. We will continue. We are just getting started. ”
After a strong qualifying campaign that has left them three points clear with two games remaining, Canada need just one point from Sunday’s game to secure qualification.
That goal was never in doubt as Canada’s Les Rouges hit Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz net from the opening whistle.
Larin might have opened the scoring after just five minutes, but his shot from Jonathan David’s cross was brilliantly saved by Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake. But Larin made no mistake in the 13th minute to score the opening goal for Canada.
A lovely teammate move came to an end when former Portugal Under-21 international Stephen Eustaquio split the Jamaican defense in search of Larin, who calmly finished off to spark wild celebrations.
The rest of the half was only a question of when Canada would take the lead after a wave of red shirt players surrounded Jamaica’s goal.
David should have doubled Canada’s lead 15 minutes into the match, but shot from 8 yards away and in the 21st minute, Buchanan squandered a brilliant opportunity, shooting wide over the bar.
Jonathan Osorio cushioned the ball from close range in the 34th minute, and Buchanan then missed another chance from Osorio’s cross.
Larin was next to miss in the 38th minute, when his shot went wide of the post, sending Herdman howling in disbelief on the sidelines. But just when it looked like Jamaica could limit Canada with a goal in the first half, their resistance was finally broken.
David stretched from afar, Buchanan lost his mark, let the ball hit his hand and shot into the low corner. That sent the home crowd into party mode and Canada’s dominance continued throughout the second half, with the home side giving one opportunity after another only to be beaten by their finish.
In the end, however, the dominance paid off after seven minutes when British Championships player Junior Hoilett picked up a pass from Buchanan and chilled past Blake to make it 3-0.
There was still time for Canada to score a fourth as London-born left-back Sam Adekugbe unleashed another powerful breakthrough on the flanks. The defender’s cross into space was caught by Jamaica’s defender Mariappa, who made it 4-0.
“We’ve been through some tough times,” Herdman said. “I was knocking door-to-door asking for money for this team, and we did. And we just continue to believe.
“I am just happy for these boys. When I first took over and I said, ‘We’re going to qualify for the World Cup,’ I don’t think they believed us. I’m happy for them for all these fans who have waited and waited and waited, with us – and we will go. ”