HIGHLIGHTS: Canada vs. Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying (March 27, 2022)
The wait is over.
For the first time in 36 years, the Canadian men’s national team qualified for the FIFA World Cup on Sunday, defeating Jamaica 4-0 at a sold out BMO Field in Toronto to officially punch their ticket to Qatar 2022.
The win, Canada’s eighth of the Octagonal round and their fourteenth of the entire World Cup Qualifying campaign, ensured they would head to the biggest stage in football for the first time sine 1986 — and also guaranteed they would do so as the first place team from the Concacaf region.
Hoping to put Jamaica under pressure in attack, Canada deployed quite an aggressive lineup, with Cyle Larin and Jonathan David up front together and Tajon Buchanan and Junior Hoilett patrolling the wings. Perhaps the most surprising omission was Alistair Johnston, as Sam Adekugbe’s return from suspension allowed Richie Laryea to line up at right fullback.
After a thunderous anthem rendition at BMO Field, it became clear from kickoff that Canada were up to the task. They seized the upper hand in the opening minutes and created a few decent opportunities, patiently building momentum.
It only took 13 minutes to break things open. With a move that began all the way at the back, Canada surged along the left touchline with some quick passing between Sam Adekugbe and Jonathan David, until Junior Hoilett picked it up and found Stephen Eustáquio at the top of the box with a pass across. The Porto midfielder threaded a perfect ball in to Cyle Larin, who finished expertly to make it 1-0 with his 13th goal of the World Cup Qualifying campaign.