‘Humble in our expectations’: Ottawa soccer fans take World Cup loss in stride

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Brunch, beer, and Canadian cheer — that was the scene Sunday morning at pubs and watch events throughout Ottawa as soccer fans tried unsuccessfully to spur the nationwide males’s workforce to World Cup victory.

At the Rideau Sports Centre, fans flooded in to look at the Canadian males take on Croatia in their second recreation of the group stage.

Front-and-centre, nonetheless, was Vice Skračić, Croatia’s ambassador to Canada. And when Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first ever World Cup purpose simply 67 seconds into the primary half, he was the one one who did not have a lot to say.

“I used to be the one one silent,” Skračić laughed. 

But regardless of that fast lead, Canada proved to be little competitors for Croatia, the world’s Twelfth-ranked workforce and the runners-up in the 2018 match.

Croatia would internet two objectives in fast succession towards the tip of the primary half and add two extra in the second. The recreation ended 4-1, a outcome that killed Canada’s hopes of advancing out of the World Cup’s group stage.

Third yr University of Ottawa college students Lukas Redmond and Matthew Edginton attended the viewing social gathering and occurred to take a seat instantly throughout from Skračić throughout the recreation’s first half.

Like true workforce gamers, all of them posed collectively for an image earlier than Skračić left to hitch different Croatian soccer fans at his church for the second half.

“The ambassador was a really good man who in all probability deserved to rub it in our faces just a bit bit, to be sincere,” Edginton stated. 

U of O college students Matthew Edginton (left) and Lukas Redmond (proper) say Canada performed higher in opposition to Belgium. They’re each comfortable the workforce notched their first purpose ever, after being held scoreless throughout their solely different look on the World Cup again in 1986. (Celeste Decaire/CBC)

Davies’s purpose ‘symbolic’

Redmond and Edginton have been each upset with the loss, agreeing that Canada performed stronger in their first recreation in opposition to Belgium.

Still, they stated they thought-about the nation’s first ever purpose in the World Cup as a win. 

“It’s a superb factor. Symbolic. Like, we’ll be cheering about that even after we lose,” Edginton stated.

Over on the Glebe Central Pub, soccer fans shared in the identical sentiment when it got here to Davies’ purpose — and in the eyes of Joseph Huneault, it was all that mattered.

They have surpassed each expectation that is been put in entrance of them.– Joseph Huneault, soccer fan

“They have surpassed each expectation that is been put in entrance of them. Canada’s already there,” Huneault stated. “A closing is not needed. We’ve already received our match.”

Daniel Duff, founding father of the Capital City Supporters Group, stated he was hopeful about Canada’s probabilities of advancing to the Round of 16 — but in addition had very modest expectations.

“We do not need to get forward of ourselves,” he stated. “We’re Canadian, and we’re humble in our expectations.” 

Fans sit in front of a bar, watching soccer on a dozen large television screens.
Soccer fans watch the Canada-Croatia recreation on the Senate Tavern’s Wellington Street West location. Despite being eradicated, Canada nonetheless has yet one more group stage match on Thursday in opposition to Morocco. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC)

Will be again in 2026

Despite being eradicated, Canada nonetheless has yet one more match on Dec. 1, after they take on Morocco.

Fans know this may not be the final they will see of the Canadian males at the World Cup, as Canada is about to co-host the match in 2026 with Mexico and the U.S.

So with Canada out of the combo, soccer fans — identical to in years’ previous — have different groups they will be pulling for the remainder of the best way.

“My subsequent workforce is England, who I believed can be doing higher, to be sincere,” Edginton stated. 

“I’m an enormous France fan,” added Redmond. “I really like the French.”

 

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