The BMO Field volcano was in danger of erupting at any time. It had to be Alphonso Davies who blew it up.
Posted on October 13, 2021 at 9:33 p.m.
Updated at 23:32
And the repercussions of this masterful goal, scored in the 66e minute, will be felt for a long time yet.
Canada won 4-1 over Panama on Wednesday night in Toronto. The victory allowed him to regain third place in the 2022 World Cup qualifying finals, with 10 points. The first three qualify directly, while the fourth must go through a play-off.
But by the time Alphonso Davies ran his 80 yards to the right wing to steal the ball from Panama, then head for goal, it was still 1-1. The Canadians outrageously dominated the game, despite the goal conceded early in the game. But this was not yet the expected result.
Davies deftly grabs the ball on the right wing, therefore, after a sensational run started far into his own zone. This unexpected turnaround creates a two-on-one on the edge of the penalty area. He faces the Panamanian defender. Davies hands the ball over to his left foot. He shoots…
And the volcano backfires.
It’s 2-1, and Canada has just completed its comeback.
“I was considering running for the ball and then I saw the defender looking a little confused so I started to pick up speed,” Alphonso Davies said after the game. After that, I was hired. I knew he was bigger than me, but I just tried to keep the ball in play. Then it was a two-on-one situation. I looked towards my teammate, but in my head I was like “hit the ball!”. I sent it to the side of the guard. I was glad he entered the net. ”
This analysis, Davies made it almost as if it were a game of routine. It was anything but the case. Talk to Maxime Crépeau.
It was really impressive, I have to admit, commented the Canadian goaltender. […] We have real diamonds on this team.
” It was very cool. He believed he could surrender and keep the ball in play, and he did. I witnessed some great goals, but it was a great moment for the country and for blowing this team up. It changed the course of the game. ”
Tajon Buchanan added to the 71e, with a nice strike from the lobed head from a brilliant serve from Richie Laryea. At 3-1, it was a score that reflected the pace of the game much better.
But Canada had not said its last word. Jonathan David was 4-1 at the 78e, which closed the books for good on a magical night out in Toronto.
Because the crowd, loud and energetic from start to finish, allowed the Reds to impose their game massively.
“The atmosphere was superb,” said coach John Herdman by videoconference. We really felt it tonight.
“The fans were really behind us. The guys told me as they came off the field that they had never felt this way in a Canada jersey before. ”
That didn’t stop Panamá from hitting first in this game. From the 5e minute, Michael Murillo, after a fierce climb to the right wing, served a perfect low cross to Rolando Blackburn. The latter had only to deflect the ball gently behind Crépeau.
But obviously Canadians were aware of the importance of the moment. And coach John Herdman couldn’t ask for a better response from his troops. The Canadian pressure was so strong in the first half that it felt like a goal was inevitable.
And there was.
It was Canada’s third consecutive corner kick. The Panamá had been in the cables for long minutes. At the 28e, it was too much. Davies’ corner landed in the human mass in front of Luis Mejia’s net. The ball is deflected at defender Michael Murillo, who is credited with an own goal. It was 1-1, and the Canadian coach could not be more on the sidelines.
The first period ended with a scuffle at the Canadian left corner flag. Substitute Doneil Henry, kneeling off the touchline, did not want to give way to the Panamanian player to take his corner. The spirits were heated, all the players of the two teams, substitutes included, got in the game. Even John Herdman got involved.
“It’s life and death for us,” Herdman said. We will fight until the end for our country. […] Our mission is bigger than any of the teams in CONCACAF. We haven’t been to the World Cup since 1986. The other teams have. They want to stop us? We will have our say. ”
Wednesday’s result became all the more important after the Americans won 2-1 against Costa Rica on Wednesday. The United States and Mexico are respectively first and second with 11 points each. There are still eight games to play in this final qualifying phase.
Canada will pick up the torch on November 12 in Edmonton against Costa Rica. He will conclude this important streak of home games against Mexico on November 16, again in Edmonton, the adopted city of Alphonso Davies.
The latter received a special message this evening, moreover.
“He just got a text from Drake,” Herdman said with a smile. Drake wants to meet the guys. ”