Canada draw Bahrain ahead of World Cup



Canada, lacking some of its prime expertise, tied Bahrain 2-2 on Lucas Cavallini’s 81st-minute aim in a World Cup warmup match Friday.

After Bahrain pulled ahead within the sixty fifth minute from the penalty spot, it paid for failing to clear the ball. Substitute Zachary Brault-Guillard despatched in a low cross that bounced off Cavallini’s leg and a defender, deflecting into the Bahrain aim.

It was the Vancouver Whitecap striker’s 18th aim for Canada.

The Canadians acquired a style of the circumstances that await them in Qatar. It was 29 levels Celsius at kickoff (6:30 p.m. native time) at Al-Khalifa Stadium.

Canada, ranked forty first on this planet in comparison with No. 85 for Bahrain, managed most of the play and led early however paid for a mistake in a primary half that ended tied 1-1. Bahrain confirmed itself to be a risk on the counter-attack.

Bahrain went ahead 20 minutes into the second half on an Abdulla Yusuf penalty after Alistair Johnston clipped Mohamed Marhoon on the sting of the penalty field. Canadian ‘keeper Dayne St. Clair acquired a hand to the penalty however could not cease it

Bahrain confirmed a bodily facet early with Mark-Anthony Kaye felled in a tricky sort out.

Ismael Kone opened the scoring within the sixth minute together with his first aim for Canada, in his fourth look. Kamal Miller, with an extended ball from deep in Canada territory, discovered his CF Montreal teammate, who used a deft first contact to race previous a defender and steam towards aim with out interference, beating Bahrain ‘keeper Ebrahim Lutfalla with a excessive shot.

A Cavallini tap-in aim within the twelfth minute, off a seeing-eye move from Jonathan Osorio, was flagged offside.

Bahrain answered within the 14th minute towards the run of play via Mahdi Haumaidan. After Kaye didn’t corral a move on the again, Yusuf beat Joel Waterman and located Haumaidan within the penalty field. His fast shot eluded a sliding Johnston and St. Clair, who acquired his proper hand to the ball however couldn’t maintain it out.

Yusuf’s deflected shot hit the goalpost within the sixteenth minute after one other Canadian turnover. And Yusuf, who performs his membership soccer for Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta, compelled a diving save from St. Clair with a tough shot within the thirty second minute.

The two groups every put two pictures on course within the first half with the Canadians having 62 p.c possession.

Kone ought to have had a second aim within the fiftieth minute however his header flashed large of an empty aim after a wonderful cross by Raheem Edwards, who beat his man to ship it. Richie Laryea discovered Osorio on the far put up minutes later however a Bahrain defender prevented a shot.

St. Clair had no drawback palming away an on-target free kick from Marhoon within the 62nd minute however seemed shaky on the following nook.

Canada will announce its World Cup roster on Sunday with coach John Herdman, who used 39 gamers in qualifying, selecting a remaining 26. Some choices have already been made for him with goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau and defender Scott Kennedy unavailable via damage.

Defender Doneil Henry was to captain Canada on Friday, marking his second time as skipper, however was a late scratch as a result of an damage in warmup. Waterman, making his Canada debut, began in his place with Samuel Piette main the workforce out.

Herdman didn’t have his full squad for the Bahrain recreation, with nearly all of his European-based gamers nonetheless in motion with their golf equipment. They will probably be launched after weekend matches with these chosen to the World Cup roster heading to Doha.

The Canadian males will play one final match, towards No. 24 Japan, in Dubai subsequent Thursday prematurely of their World Cup opener towards No. 2 Belgium on Nov. 23.

For the Bahrain camp and match, Herdman was counting on MLS expertise together with midfielder Liam Fraser who performs in Belgium for KMSK Deinze. Eighteen of the 21 gamers in camp have been from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (together with Toronto winger Jacob Shaffelburg on mortgage to Nashville SC).

TFC and Vancouver gamers in camp had not seen recreation motion because the Oct. 9 MLS regular-season finale. Montreal exited the playoffs Oct. 23 in a 3-1 loss to New York City FC within the Eastern Conference semifinal.

For some, the hiatus was even longer. Prior to Friday, Osorio had performed simply 18 minutes since Aug. 20 as a result of post-concussion syndrome. He earned his 56th cap for Canada on Friday and seemed sharp, enjoying the complete match.

The Bahrain recreation was additionally a milestone for each Herdman and Johnston.

Herdman marked his forty sixth worldwide “A” match in cost of the Canadian males, transferring him into second place on the all-time checklist previous Stephen Hart with a report of (31-10-5). Bob Lenarduzzi holds the report at 62.

Johnston performed in his twenty seventh consecutive match for Canada, tying the report held by former captain Bruce Wilson. The 24-year-old from Aurora, Ont., made his debut towards Bermuda in March 2021 in Canada’s opening World Cup qualifying recreation and has been a fixture ever since.

Johnston, who earned his twenty ninth cap Friday, has not missed a Canada outing since a recreation in Aruba in June 2021.

St. Clair, incomes simply his second cap, began in aim behind a again three of Waterman, Johnston and Miller and a midfield of Laryea, Samuel Piette, Kaye and Edwards with Osorio and Kone enjoying behind Cavallini.

The Canadian beginning 11 had a mixed cap depend of 293, led by Piette (65) and, Osorio (56).

Fraser, Brault-Guillard, Ayo Akinola, Jayden Nelson, Shaffelburg and Lukas MacNaughton, making his Canadian debut, got here on within the second half. Miller, who gave the impression to be favouring a leg, got here off within the 71st minute.

For Akinola, it was a primary look for Canada since injuring his knee towards the U.S. in July 2021 on the Gold Cup.


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