Les Rouges beat Jamaicans Reggae Boyz 4-0 at Toronto’s 30,000-seat BMO Field to reserve their spot in the Qatar Finals.
Canada qualified for the Soccer World Cup for the first time in 36 years, after beating Jamaica 4-0 in Toronto.
Goals from Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett and an own goal from Adrian Mariappa on Sunday secured all three points after a dominant performance against a Jamaican side already eliminated from contention in the CONCACAF region qualifying tournament for this finals. year in Qatar.
The win sparked wild celebrations at Toronto’s 30,000-seat BMO Field, where a sold-out crowd gathered to see Canada clinch World Cup qualification for only the second time, after appearing last time. at the 1986 Mexico tournament.
England manager of Canada John Herdman – who took over the men’s team in 2018 after a successful stint at the helm of the Canadian women’s team – said the qualification is proof that Canada is a “country of football”.
“You know what, you can play in a Champions League final, Canadians can play for Bayern Munich and now they will go to the World Cup,” Herdman said of injured Canada and Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies.
“Canada is a footballing nation and we better believe it. We will go on. We have just started”.
After a strong qualifying campaign left them three points clear with two games to go, Canada only needed one point from Sunday’s game to secure qualification.
That goal was never in doubt when Canadians Les Rouges whistled Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz.
Larin could have opened the scoring after just five minutes, but his shot after Jonathan David’s run and rising pass was well saved by Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake. But Larin made no mistake in the 13th minute to take Canada’s lead.
A nice team move ended with former Portuguese Under-21 international Stephen Eustaquio splitting Jamaica’s defense to find Larin, who quietly hid the finish line to spark raucous celebrations.
The rest of the time it was just a matter of when Canada would add to their advantage as waves of red jersey players besieged Jamaica’s gate.
David should have doubled Canada’s lead in the 15 ‘, but shot wide from eight yards and in the 21st minute Buchanan wasted a golden opportunity, scoring his shot over the crossbar.
Jonathan Osorio went close with a deflected shot in the 34th minute, and Buchanan then missed another chance on Osorio’s cross.
Larin was the next to miss in the 38th minute, leading his shot just to the side of the post leaving Herdman howling in disbelief on the sidelines. But just when it looked like Jamaica might limit Canada to a goal in the first half, their resistance was finally broken.
David crossed from the far post, Buchanan lost his marker, took a touch and buried his goal in the lower corner. This sent the house crowd into party mode and Canada’s dominance continued throughout the second half, with the hosts carving out one chance after another only to be disappointed with their finish.
Ultimately, however, the dominance paid off with seven minutes remaining when English league player Junior Hoilett picked up a pass from Buchanan and coolly placed his goal past Blake 3-0.
There was still time for Canada to take fourth place when London left-back Sam Adekugbe launched yet another powerful foray down the flank. The defender’s cross into space was met by Jamaican defender Mariappa, who crossed the line 4-0 in his own goal.
“We’ve been through some tough times,” Herdman said. “I knocked on doors to ask for money for this team and we did it. And we continued to believe it.
“I’m just happy for these guys. When I first took the lead and said: ‘We will qualify for the World Cup’, I don’t think they believed it. I’m happy for them because all these fans have waited and waited and waited, and they stayed with us – and we’re leaving. “