RDS and RDS Direct present the 2022 World Cup qualifier between Panama and Canada.
TORONTO – Returning home after scoring two points from two draws in Mexico and Jamaica, the Canadian soccer team can hope to climb the qualifying tournament standings of CONCACAF by hosting Panama on Wednesday night in Toronto.
The task will not be easy for Canada (1-0-4), however, which remains undefeated since the start of the round robin. Panama (2-1-2) is currently third with eight points collected in five games, one point ahead of the Canadiens.
In the world rankings, the “Canaleros” are ranked 68th, while Canada is a little higher at 51st.
For head coach John Herdman, this clash is also a key moment for the qualification of the Canadian team which hopes to obtain its ticket for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“If there’s one game you have to win to really set the tone, this is it,” he summed up clearly after practice Tuesday.
“I feel like it’s like a six-point game because of our position in the standings, but mostly because of where Panama should end up in the standings at the end of the tournament. I think this team is a serious threat to take one of the top three places, ”Herdman said.
The top three teams at the end of the tournament get their ticket to Qatar. The fourth-place team will have one last chance to advance to a playoff game.
So far, Panama have used the same roster in their first five games. A formation which plays a robust and combative style in order to return to the big meeting of the planet football after a first participation in 2018.
“It’s a good team. They have the experience of veterans, it shows in every game, observed Herdman. They just have a team that manages their games very well. TO”
If the Canadiens have been performing well on the road, they know they need to maximize the points collection at home. So far, they’ve got four points out of a six-odds at home.
According to Herdman, his group is also very happy to return to the country. Some players took the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
“We are in good spirits,” he admitted. I wouldn’t say “comfortable” because I never want to create a comfortable environment. But emotionally and mentally, we feel good, we feel at home. TO”
For this key game, BMO Field in Toronto can be filled to capacity on Wednesday. According to Soccer Canada, there were less than 2,000 tickets available on Tuesday.
Panama won its last game on Sunday against the United States by a score of 1-0. It was just Panama’s second victory over the Americans in 24 games.
Along the way, Panama drew Costa Rica and Mexico, in addition to recording a victory over Jamaica and suffering the loss against El Salvador.
Mexico (3-0-2), ranked 9th in the world, is the only other undefeated team with Canada. She ranks first in the standings with 11 points. The United States are second on goal differential, but have eight points.
On Wednesday, Mexico visits El Salvador (1-2-2), the United States hosts Costa Rica (1-1-3) and Jamaica (0-3-2) visits Honduras (0 -2-3).
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