Men's Team

De Bruyne features as Belgium see off Canada

Kevin De Bruyne helped Belgium pick up all three points in a 1-0 win over Canada.

The City midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the Group F clash in an action packed match at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.  

Canada, who were making their first World Cup appearance since Mexico in 1986, came flying out of the blocks.

After a VAR check, the Maple Leafs were awarded a penalty as Yannick Carrasco handled in the penalty area.

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies stepped up to take the spot-kick but Thibaut Courtois was equal to it, making a smart save down to his right.

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Belgium rallied and came close to breaking the deadlock through Michy Batshuayi, but a piece of superb defending by Kamal Miller kept him at bay.

Canada were back on the offensive with Alistair Johnston next to take aim at the Red Devils goal, but again, Courtois came out on top.

A minute before the break Belgium took the lead, a measured ball into the Canadian box by Toby Alderweireld found Batshuayi on the run before he rifled a left-footed effort past Milan Borjan.

Batshuayi had the chance to add to his first half strike just after the hour mark, De Bruyne found the Fenerbahce striker on the edge of the box and looked destined to score but a last-ditch tackle by Richie Laryea kept the score at 1-0.

Cyle Larin had a couple of late headers as Canada looked to find a leveller, but he could not find a way past Courtois in the Belgium goal.  

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The Red Devils sit top of the group standings with three points, with Croatia and Morocco on one point each after playing out a goalless draw earlier on in the day.

We'll have reports of every single City player's involvement at this tournament here on mancity.com and our official app.

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