Canada Beat Curacao In Concacaf Nations League
On Saturday night on the road in Curacao, Canada opened its 2023 campaign with a 2-0 win.
The visitors got off to a slow start as it took some time to adjust to the conditions of the turf, which weren’t ideal as the ball kept bouncing like it was on a string.
Jonathan David opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as he deflected a pass from Richie Laryea, putting the ball in back of the net.
From there, Canada seemed in total control and made the adjustments needed. In the 35th minute Derek Cornelius had a chance to score, but his header was saved by keeper Eloy Room.
Two minutes later Curacao was dealt a blow as Juri Gaari was shown a second yellow after being cautioned earlier in the game, and just like that the home side was down to ten men.
In the 43rd minute, Cyle Larin doubled Canada’s lead when he powered a shot from just inside the box that went far post to secure the win.
Milan Borjan, who got the start in goal, made his only save of the game in the 57th minute as he denied Rhu-Endley Martina, whose shot went right into the chest of Borjan.
Both Alistair Johnston and John Herdman were not in the game as they both had been suspended from the previous game a 2-1 loss to Honduras.
Tajon Buchanan played the last 12 minutes of the game as it looked like he wasn’t going to play due to a hamstring injury, but Mauro Biello – who was acting coach – decided to test him out.
Canada faces Honduras in the final game of this group stage on Tuesday night at BMO Field in Toronto.
With the win tonight, Canada also secures a spot in the Gold Cup for next year and with a win on Tuesday can advance to the Concacaf Nations League final stage.
A draw would also suffice as they also lead on goal difference and currently sit top of the group after tonight’s result.