On Tuesday night, the second match of the playoffs that will grant a place in the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022 will be played. Canada had to work hard to get the victory during the first game against Haiti; despite having Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, they settled for a single goal with one foot in the final octagonal. The Haitian team was able to counteract the best duo of the North American team, Davies and Jonathan David, who could only complete seven passes between them since every time Alphonso received the ball, three defenders were already watching his movements. Now they’ll have to be more forceful to take advantage of the good defensive performance of the Haitian team. This match will be played at the SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago at 20:05 E.T. and broadcasted by Paramount+ and ESPN Play.
Here are 5 interesting facts ahead of the second leg between Canada vs. Haiti:
1. Between them, this would be the second time that the two have met in a World Cup qualifier, the first match having taken place last Saturday, June 12, with Canada winning.
2. Haiti has won only one of the three meetings between the two teams in the 2019 Gold Cup (3-2).
3. Canada has only conceded in one game against Haiti, and they lost.
4. Haiti went into the playoffs undefeated, winning all four of their matches, conceding no goals, and scoring 13 goals.
5. Canada has been the team that has scored the most goals in this edition of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, with 27 goals.
Let’s review the best plays from the last duel between the two last Saturday: (Video courtesy of: OneSoccer).
That’s how the two teams will go into the second leg of the CONCACAF playoffs:
Canada: The North American team has not been to a World Cup since 1986 and in this qualifying round is emerging as a candidate to go far, supported by stars such as striker David, champion with Lille in the French League, and midfielder Davies, from Bayern Munich, current Bundesliga champions, where John Herdman‘s team is a favorite to win a place in the long-awaited final round for Qatar 2022.
Haiti: On the other side, the team tactically directed by Marc Collat reached the PlayOffs of the CONCACAF Qualifiers after finishing first in Group E. Haiti’s national team also overcame everyone with ease in its zone, winning its three matches and without conceding goals. Haiti is a formidable opponent that promises to fight until the end and surprise as it did in the 2019 Gold Cup.