Our prediction for this match:
Generali Arena will host Thursday’s international friendly between Qatar and Canada, the two teams who meet for the first time ever. The Canucks did remarkably well to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, but they head into the match following a 2-1 loss to Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League. All Cyle Larin, David Junior Hoilett, and Alphonso Davies made the cut, while experienced Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson has been omitted.
Felix Sanchez’s men, on the other hand, continue their preparations for the upcoming showpiece tournament in their homeland. Qatar are on a twelve-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and, taking everything into account, we predict that they will hold Canada to a draw in Thursday’s friendly. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Almoez Ali, who has netted 39 goals in 74 appearances for the Qatar national team to date.
Highlighted Player (Abdelkarim Hassan):
Abdelkarim Hassan is a Qatar international who plays for domestic club Al-Sadd as a defender. Hassan is a product of Al-Sadd football academy, but it has to be noted that he played for Belgian side Eupen during the 2017/2018 season. The 186-cm-tall footballer has five caps for Qatar U20 and 17 caps for Qatar U23 national team respectively and he made his senior debut for the Maroons on November 18, 2010 against Haiti.
Abdelkarim Hassan was the youngest footballer to appear in the 2011 Asian Cup preliminary squad (17 years and 123 days old). Hassan scored one goal in six appearances for Qatar at the 2019 Asian Cup where the Maroons won the title thanks to a routine win over Japan in the final of the tournament. Left-back is considered his main position, but the Al-Sadd footballer plays as both left midfielder and right-back as well. His preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament.
Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages.
Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.