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Canada defeated the USA in World Cup
After defeating the United States 2-0 in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon, January 30, the Canadian men’s national soccer team won their fifth consecutive World Cup qualifying match. During the kickoff, the temperature was -6°C, but the wind chill made it seem like minus 11°C.
In the 7th minute, Cyle Larin brought the 12,000 crowds at Tim Hortons Field to their feet by slamming a right-footed strike into the left side of the goal past American goalkeeper Matt Turner.
Larin’s goal was his 23rd as a member of the Canadian national team, beating Dwayne De Rosario’s previous mark. Milan Borjan, on the other hand, made a spectacular save in the 43rd minute, swatting aside a headed ball by American Weston McKinnie to retain the home team’s one-goal lead.
Despite having the majority of possession, the 11th-ranked Americans were unable to break down Canada’s defensive structure or keep up with the speed with which the Canadians transitioned. In extra time, Samuel Adekugbe scored on a breakaway to put the game out of reach of a helpless Turner.
Canada (6-4-0) is the only unbeaten team in the eight-team CONCACAF qualifying campaign, with 22 points after 10 games. The top three teams will receive an automatic berth in the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar starting in November.
Canada, which is currently ranked 40th, has only qualified for the FIFA World Cup once, in 1986. Canada’s next match is in El Salvador on Wednesday night.
Raptors Fred ValVleet managed to outlast the Heat
The Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 124-120 in overtime on Saturday night, thanks to two 3-pointers from Fred VanVleet.
Gary Trent Jr. had 33 points, Scottie Barnes had 22, Pascal Siakam had 21 and OG Anunoby had 20 for Toronto. VanVleet scored 19 points after missing the previous two games due to right knee pain.
Toronto coach Nick Nurse stated that they hung and could have gone either way several times. VanVleet’s opening goal tied the score at 11th and with 3:05 left, Anunoby’s dunk put Toronto up for good. This made VanVleet leap long-range for a 122-117 lead.
In an interview, VanVleet said that they have been through a lot so it was good for their team to retain their cool. For the Eastern Conference-leading Heat, Jimmy Butler produced a triple-double with 37 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
‘It was a really competitive game with a lot of mood swings and it is going to take a lot of mental toughness during the first 3 quarters.’ Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘But I think we reacted well since the 4th quarter and all the overtimes were just fantastic.’ She added.