WC 2022 Qualifiers : Canada’s fine operation against Costa Rica, players’ marks

John Herdman had proposed an offensive team in the cold of Edmonton to hurt the Costa Ricans, handicapped by the absence of their star keeper Keylor Navas. After 20 interesting minutes, Canada saw its game diluted against a dense defense. It took a mistake by the goalkeeper to see Jonathan David free the Edmonton stadium (1-0). At the halfway point, Canada is a solid third in this final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Let’s go to the clash against Mexico on Tuesday!

Milan Borjan (6/10) : Back and preferred to Maxime Crépeau, the keeper brought his experience. He was the author of a nice save on a powerful shot from twenty meters (35th). For the rest, the evening was rather quiet for the keeper of Red Star Belgrade.

Richmond Laryea (6) : The right-back was cautioned early in the game for an unnecessary foul in midfield against an opponent with his back to goal. Despite some nervousness, he negotiated well his duel in the last defender position against Ortiz on a long ball in depth (31st). He held his lane in the second half. Replaced by Allistair Johnston (71st).

Steven Vitoria (8) : Solid and safe in the center of the defense, he was close to scoring the breakthrough goal with a header from a corner (60th). The Moreirense defender was a step above the opposing forwards.

Kamal Miller (6) : The central defender had a hand that could have been costly (13th), but he was still solid in the duels. His agreement with Steven Vitoria helped Canada to preserve a lot of serenity.

Samuel Adekugbe (8) : The left defender was interesting to support the offensive phases. He sent a magnificent pass to Jonathan David who fell down in the box (37th). In defense, he proved to be unstoppable, always offering clean relays with a technique well above average.

Stephen Eustaquio (7) : He organized the game, but at times had difficulty finding his partners in front of him in the face of a Costa Rican defense that had taken the measure of the attackers. His set-pieces were also interesting.

Mark Anthony Kaye (7) : A real fight for the big midfielder. His physicality was very useful to avoid the opposing counter-attacks and allow a constant pressure on the opposing block. Replaced by Atiba Hutchinson, who equals Julian De Guzman’s number of selections with 89 appearances (71st).

Liam Millar (6) : Very available at the beginning of the game, the Basel player offered some interesting passes in the opponent’s penalty area (2nd, 14th). After the half-hour mark, he was more discreet. Replaced by Cyle Larin (64th).

Tajon Buchanan (6) : The striker misjudged an interesting attack by losing the ball on his line (27th) but had a flash of genius on an acrobatic rebound that hit the crossbar (53rd). His dynamism brings fluidity in the game but the whole was too inaccurate to create danger on the opponent’s goal.

Alphonso Davies (5) : In front of his home crowd in Edmonton, the Bayern Munich player wanted to shine to the point of wanting to do a little too much at times, like his loss of the ball when he was surrounded by three players (69th). His half-volley from another Adekugbe cross would have deserved better than to end up in the stands (66th). Replaced by Jonathan Osorio (82nd).

Jonathan David (6) : Very discreet in the first half, the Lille striker took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper Leonel Moreira to open the scoring (57th). Replaced by Ike Ugbo (82nd), who celebrated his first selection by sending a missile just outside the goal (90+3rd).

Julien Dubois