‘A nightmare moment’ – Alphonso Davies has penalty SAVED by Thibaut Courtois as Canada forced to wait for first ever World Cup goal in defeat to Belgium

    Canada were made to rue Thibaut Courtois saving Alphonso Davies’ penalty as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Belgium in the World Cup.

    The Canadians were awarded the spot-kick after VAR advised referee Janny Sikazwe to look at an incident which saw the ball hit Yannick Carrasco on the arm.

    Davies had the chance to score Canada’s first ever goal at a World Cup

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    Davies had the chance to score Canada’s first ever goal at a World Cup

    But Courtois was equal to his effort

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    But Courtois was equal to his effort

    Carrasco blocked a goalbound shot from Tajon Buchanan and after looking at the pitchside monitor the referee decided that was enough to give the penalty.

    Canada’s only previous appearance at the World Cup came in 1986, losing all three of their matches in a campaign that also saw them fail to find the net.

    On 11 minutes Bayern Munich star Davies thus had the chance to make history in Canadian football as he stepped up against Courtois.

    But the Real Madrid keeper was equal to Davies’ tame effort, diving low down to his right before the ball was eventually scrambled away.

    The Maple Leafs made a positive start to the clash with Jonathan David going close shortly before Davies’ penalty.

    Elsewhere, Alistair Johnston stung the hands of Courtois with a powerful drive on 30 minutes, while Canada also had another penalty appeal turned down.

    Canada and Davies went on to regret that miss

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    Canada and Davies went on to regret that miss

    Buchanan blazed over getting on the end of a cross from the stretch but Davies missed Canada’s best chance of the first half, talkSPORT’s Alex Crook labelling it as a ‘nightmare moment’.

    And it proved to be a miss the Canadians regretted with Michy Batshuayi giving Belgium the lead against the run of play on 44 minutes as he fired home with his left foot on the half-volley as he latched onto Toby Alderweireld’s long ball.

    It proved to be the only goal of the match at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium Stadium with Canada running out of steam in the second half.

    Their best chance of the second half Cyle Larin test Courtois with a header.

    Batshuayi’s 44th-minute effort settled matters

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    Batshuayi’s 44th-minute effort settled matters

    And didn’t he take it well?

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    And didn’t he take it well?

    It’s a missed opportunity for Canada

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    It’s a missed opportunity for Canada

    But for now Canada must wait until they face Croatia on Sunday as they seek their first goal, win or point of a World Cup finals.

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