Canada – Mexico : Players’marks

In a cold weather (-16 degrees) in Edmonton, Canada proposed a defensive formation with no less than 5 defenders against Mexico. A tactic that paid off as the Mexicans were unable to shoot on goal in the first half. Preferred to Jonathan David in this tactical arrangement, Cyle Larin shone with two goals!

Milan Borjan (8.5/10) : Serious in its catches of ball and its relays, the keeper showed a lot of application. A necessary serenity in some hot moments. He made an exceptional save after a corner for the victory (90e+3)!

Alistair Johnston (6,5) : Serious in his positioning and his interventions, he was at the origin of the opening goal with a long shot badly pushed back by Guillermo Ochoa (45e+2).

Samuel Adekugbe (7) : An interesting mix of technique and physicality. Never taken in default, he always had at heart to take care of his relaunchings.

Kamal Miller (7) : He was able to command respect against the highly technical Mexican forwards. If Mexico had no shot in the first half, he was partly responsible.

Doneil Henry (5) : The rough defender marked his territory from the beginning with a violent and irregular charge on Hirving Lozano who would have deserved a card (1st) and committed two more fouls the next six minutes. Under threat of expulsion, he was replaced by Steven Vitoria (36e, 6) who did his job.

Richmond Laryea (6) : Effective on the right side, he led an interesting counter-attack that could have brought the third goal (72e).

Atiba Hutchinson (8) : The most capped player in the history of the national team with 90 appearances, he knew how to delay or accelerate as needed.

Stephen Eustaquio (7) : He focused on defending well. His well taken free kick allowed Cyle Larin to score the second goal (51e).

Alphonso Davies (5,5) : Closely watched, the Bayern Munich player did not have the freedom to express himself. He tried to accelerate the game at times but the Mexican defense anticipated his actions. Replaced by Jonathan Osorio (88e).

Tajon Buchanan (6) : The winger provoked fouls on his right side and had a good chance but the pass for Laryea was too strong (19e). Repositioned on the left, he made a good breakthrough in the area but was blocked by Dominguez in front of the goal (36th). He wasted the opportunity of the break by delaying to give the ball to Davies (48e).

Cyle Larin (8) : He took 20 minutes to get into his game and tried his luck as soon as he could even if his shot lacked power (23e). He was the quickest to put the ball in the net for the opening goal (45e+2). He was well placed on the free kick of Eustaquio for his second goal (51e). Replaced by Jonathan David (72e).

Julien Dubois