Canada VS Haiti LIVE Football Match Score 16 July 2021
|Start date||15. Jul 2021, 23:30|
|Location||Kansas City, USA|
|Venue||Children’s Mercy Park|
Defender Alistair Johnston knows his Canadian World Cup qualifying history — and what dispatching Haiti on Tuesday would mean.
The 70th-ranked Canadian men can move into the so-called Octagonal, the eight-country final round in CONCACAF, with a win or draw against No. 83 Haiti on Tuesday at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. Canada took the upper hand in the second-round playoff with a 1-0 victory Saturday in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti and Canada will trade tackles on matchday two of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday. The two sides come into the game having posted contrasting results on an opening day. While Haiti suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to the USA with Sam Vines scoring the match-winner in the first half, Canada picked up a 4-1 victory over Martinique. Surprisingly, Emmanuel Riviere gave the underdogs a shock lead in the 10th minute but Canada rallied back with three goals in the space of 10 first-half minutes.
After seizing control of the game, Theodor Corbeanu put the icing on the cake with a goal one minute from time. That victory helped the Canadians climb to the summit of Group B and another victory would put them in prime position to qualify for the knockout round. Haiti are in third place and need a win to keep their hopes of qualification alive. The two national teams have clashed on 11 previous occasions and Canada unsurprisingly have a much better record. The Reds have nine wins to their name, while Haiti were victorious on two occasions. Two previous matches between the sides ended in a share of the spoils.
Haiti put up a valiant effort in their opening fixture, but they ultimately could not find a way through a tough American defence who allowed only three shots on target.
Now they will try to do something that they have not been able to do in over two years, bounce back from a defeat with a victory.
Not only do they have a hard time recovering from a loss, but they have not made it out of the group stage of this tournament when losing their opening fixture since 2009, advancing on that occasion only because they were among the best third-place finishers.
Manager Jean-Jacques Pierre will be tasked with slowing down a team that kept his players off the scoreboard in consecutive fixtures last month, only the second team to do that over the last two years.
Haiti will have to find a way to generate some more scoring opportunities than they did in their two qualifiers versus Canada in June, when they fired only 10 shots total over two legs.
Their defensive shape seems to have been damaged by those two losses as well, with Les Grenadiers having conceded in five successive matches after beginning 2021 with three consecutive shutouts.
The Canadians came into their opening game in fine form on a six-game winning streak, but they started that match with a terrible miscue which led to a goal from Martinique in the opening 10 minutes.
However, that goal seemed to bring this team to life, and they responded in a big way with three goals in the first half, cruising to an impressive victory, their seventh in a row.
Canada will be very familiar with Haiti, knocking them out of World Cup qualifying with successive shutout wins, 1-0 and 3-0 heading into this tournament.
The last time they faced Les Grenadiers in this competition two years ago, it was a match that manager John Herdman and his side would rather forget, squandering a 2-0 lead in that quarter-final and losing 3-2 to the Haitians for only the second time in their history.
One lesson they have learned from that defeat is never to get too comfortable, and that is a lesson that they seem to have taken to heart, winning their last 11 games in which they have scored first.