Team Canada came away with an impressive 4-1 win over Panama on Wednesday in 2022 World Cup men’s soccer qualifying from Bank of Montreal Field in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian team improved to a record of two wins and four draws for 10 points, and are in third place at the moment behind Mexico (14 points) and the United States (11 points). The top three teams out of eight from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifying reach the World Cup in Qatar.
The fourth place team in CONCACAF will play either the fourth place team in the Asian Football Confederation, the fifth place team from South American qualifying, or a second round winner from the Oceania Football Confederation. At this time the fourth place team in CONCACAF is Panama, with eight points.
In Canada’s win over Panama, there were three Canadian goal scorers after Panama had an own goal. Bayern Munich leftback Alphonso Davies of Edmonton, Alberta had the game-winning goal for Canada in the 66th minute. He was followed by New England Revolution winger Tajon Buchanan of Brampton, Ontario who scored in the 71st minute, and Lille forward Jonathan David of Ottawa, Ontario, who scored in the 78th minute. Panama in fact scored the first goal of the game, before Canada had four unanswered goals.
Even though Canada is behind the United States at the moment, the Americans do have one loss to date. They were beaten 1-0 by Panama in Panama City on October 10.
It is important that Canada at least be in the top four in qualifying. They currently have a four point lead over fifth place Costa Rica, who has six points. Canada’s next game in World Cup qualifying is November 12 against Costa Rica at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.