After 36 years of waiting, Canada would have had a chance to celebrate their return to the World Cup on Sunday if they had won at least one draw against Jamaica in Toronto.
The North Americans were already able to seal the preliminary qualification for Qatar-2022 last Thursday, but stumbled 1-0 in Costa Rica, which they conceded first in these Concacaf qualifying rounds.
Canada’s goal is to get a spot in front of their fans at the BMO Field on Sunday and not have to wait for the final day of qualifying on Wednesday in Panama.
Concacaf World Cup surprise Canada leads the group with 25 points, followed by the United States and Mexico with 22 points.
For now, the trio have occupied direct tickets for Qatar-2022, while Costa Rica (19 points) are fourth, giving them access to the playoffs against Oceania, and Panama (18) are fifth.
In its region, Canada have five wins in these qualifying rounds and only one draw, recorded on the first day against Honduras (1-1).
The concentration of the North American team was marked by racist insults received on social media by Mark-Anthony Gayle after his dismissal against Costa Rica, which left his team with less than 34 players in 34 minutes.
The Canadian federation has condemned the attacks against the Colorado Rapids midfielder, who will be dropped by suspension on Sunday.
Coach John Hertmann said after the Costa Rica match that Kaye was “devastated” for hitting the opponent’s chest when the ball was not playing.
“I was with him for a moment (at the break) and I told him ‘This is football, we learn. Stress does things to people. It’s natural. We like you. We will move forward, we will fight together again,’ ‘the Englishman explained. Cattle breeder.
The North American team had to finish their second World Cup pass after Mexico-1986, without their best form, and Alfonso Davis resumed training with Bayern Munich after a heart attack.
For Jamaica, the ‘Reagge Boyz’ face the final of some disappointing qualifying rounds in which they have not added eight points in 12 games with one win, five draws and six defeats.
In the final round of the quarter-finals, the Caribbean team failed to deliver their first win against El Salvador 1-1 on Thursday, and France must wait for a new opportunity to qualify for a second World Cup after 1998.
The game starts at 4:05 pm (20:05 GMT) local time on the BMO Field in Toronto (Canada).
Canada: Milan Porgen – Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Richie Laria – Stephen Eustachio, Jonathan Osorio, Adiba Hutchinson – Sail Lorin, Dajon Buchanan and Jonathan David. DT: John Hertman.
Jamaica: Andre Blake – Javine Brown, Damien Lowe, Richard King, Adrian Mariappa, Gregory Lee – Devon Williams, Ravel Morrison, Daniel Green – Andre Gray and Leon Bailey. DT: Paul Hall.
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