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Sep 9, 2015

A Look Back at Belize Vs Canada

The Belize Jaguars took on the national Canadian football team on Tuesday night in Belmopan. Football aficionados came out in numbers for the match which would decide whether Belize would advance in the World Cup Qualifiers. With the odds against the Jaguars, there was still hope that the home game would place the team on a better footing.  Super striker, Deon McCauley, went on to score, but that was soon equalized by the Canadian team.  News Five Isani Cayetano looks back at the two games against the Canadians.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A draw at one goal a piece would not be enough for the Belize Jaguars to advance to a fourth round of competition, despite members of our national selection playing their hearts out in Tuesday’s home game.  These two teams have met three times in the past, all were World Cup Qualifiers.  All were also one-sided victories for Canada.  The F.F.B. Stadium in Belmopan was alive with fanfare in the face of a seemingly monumental task.  The singular objective was to put away the Canucks by a ratio of four goals to none.  That extremely high bar was set after Friday’s away game in Toronto, where the Reds routed the Jaguars by a final tally of three goals to nil.  Belize failed to register a single attempt in the first game and hardly ventured into Canadian territory at the BMO Field.  Realistically, even if the Jaguars were able to attack the ball more in game two, the odds for advancing to semifinal round was less than likely. The mindset going into this deathmatch was collected, victory can only be achieved one goal at a time.  To come out on top however, simply meant that the defensive style of play that the Jaguars have somewhat become synonymous with would need to be altered; a much needed eleventh-hour adjustment that, come what may, proved to be too little too late.

 

Although Canada dominated the football pitch for almost the entire game, the Jaguars went up by one point in the twenty-sixth minute when Deon McCauley would score the only goal for Belize.  That tally would be equalized by Will Johnson in the late first half.  That goal in the forty-fifth minute would also prove to be more than enough offence for Les Rouges, as Canada, the hundred and second team in the world, advances to Group A in the fourth round.  Canada carries three yellow cards into the penultimate round, Tosaint Ricketts being ticketed last Friday while Marcel de Jong and David Edgar were both ticketed on Tuesday night.

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