Canada has only made one appearance at the world cup back in 1986. That didn’t go all so well losing all three.This Canadian side is certainly the best side to come out of the country in a while. My feeling is if they make it this time they have a good chance at making the last 16. They top the Concacaf standings for Qatar 2022 impressively undefeated in 8 games. They face Honduras who made three world cup appearances latest being 2014 but are struggling this time, rock bottom of the standings. The biggest player to come out of Canada recently has been Alphonso Davies. He misses this one because of injury. Canada needed not worry, they have a player named Jonathan David from Lille who won Ligue 1 last season and is just as good. This match wasn’t particularly great for Canada. They were outplayed in midfield by Honduras, who struggled to create meaningful chances. Conceding early didn’t help. It settled the Canadian nerves as they had been walloped 8-1 there in 2012. Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan burned left back Rodriguez number 23 with silky skills, his cross turned into his own net by the hopelessly unfortunate Maldonado. Maldonado being made to pay for not choosing the right way to clear the ball, caught in two minds whether to kick it out or head out.

As I said Canada’s midfield was great in this match, with Rodriguez number 10 worthy of praise. Their coach chose a 5 man midfield which coming up against four from Canada was bound to produce more possession. Canada were dangerous on the transition and counter. Honduras cannot be accused of lacking desire here. Watch the determination from number 12 Quito on 43 minutes to get the ball back and sprint upfield. Milan Borjan was alert to the danger in the Canadian goal.The Crvena Zvezda keeper was a huge part of why CANADA WON THIS ONE. His save from the header by another impressive midfield man for Honduras, Arriaga on 69 minutes was top drawer. Another familiar player to English soccer fans is former Blackburn man Junior Hoilett. He was spearheading that Canadian attack and had the best chance for Canada up to that point on 47 minutes. Jonathan David put the issue to bed on 73 minutes and what a goal it was. First of all on intial glance it seemed the Lille man handled the first control, he didn’t, it was the upper sleeve part of the arm which is legal. Second he needed the speed to outpace the two defenders. He is deceptively quick is David. The keeper, well , had no business being way out of his goal. Canada sitting pretty with 3 games to play. They have their destiny in their hands.