FIFA World Cup: Canadians ready for 1st game against Belgium – National

Watch parties are planned across the country Wednesday as soccer fans get ready for the FIFA World Cup match between Canada and Belgium – Canada’s first game in the tournament since 1986.

In Montreal, a rivalry is brewing between the city’s French-speaking Belgian community and fans of Canada’s team, which is entering Wednesday’s game in Qatar as the overwhelming underdog.

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But Canada received good news on Tuesday when it was revealed that winger Alphonso Davies – the team’s most dangerous player – has recovered from a hamstring injury and was declared fit to play.

Belgium is currently favored to win Group F, which also includes 2018 finalist Croatia and Morocco, ranked 22nd in the world.

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Belgium, however, will be without its star striker Romelu Lukaku, who hasn’t played a match in nearly a month because of a thigh injury.

Canada is ranked 41st in FIFA standings and Belgium is second.

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