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Was Canada cheated of a penalty vs Belgium at World Cup? Officials appear to botch call in first half

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Canada’s first World Cup match since Mexico 1986 did not go to plan, as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in their Group F opener in Al Rayyan.

Star man Alphonso Davies wasted a fantastic early chance as his poor penalty was saved by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Canucks’ luck was out again before the break as Tajon Buchanan was fouled inside the penalty area, by Jan Vertonghen, but referee Janny Sikazwe opted against awarding another spot kick.,

John Herdman’s side were then hit by a double blow just before the interval, as Michy Batshuayi slotted Belgium into a 1-0 lead, with the Red Devils able to hold on for victory in the second period.

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Should Canada have had a penalty?

The Canada players were incensed by Sikazwe’s call to deny them a penalty and not consult the VAR pitch side monitor on 14 minutes. 

Sikawze rejected their appeals, due to an offside in the build up, but his decision was confirmed as incorrect as the final pass before the foul was played by Belgian star Eden Hazard.

Offside cannot be given in that situation, as the pass was played by an opposition player, and Sikazwe’s decision continues the theme of refereeing and VAR inconsistency in Qatar.

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Who was referee in Canada vs Belgium?

Zambian official Sikazwe made his World Cup debut in Russia four years ago, with two group stage appearances, one of which involved Belgium.

However, his most infamous moment came in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tie between Mali and Tunisia, where he became a social media sensation for incorrectly blowing the final whistle too early – twice!

The 42-year-old initially ended the 90 minute game after just 85 minutes before blowing up again seconds before the true end.

In another bizarre twist, he attempted to restart the game – to play three minutes of added time – 25 minutes later, but the Tunisia team refused.

Reaction to Canada penalty appeal vs Belgium

Frustrated Canada fans have flooded social media to criticise Sikazwe’s decision as their World Cup return began with a defeat.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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